Journal of Forensic Nursing

Editor-in-Chief: Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, MSc, BScN, RN, DF-IAFN
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
ISSN: 1556-3693
Online ISSN: 1939-3938
Frequency: Quarterly
Impact Factor: 0.339
From the Editor









This week nurses around the globe are celebrating nursing.  And while the themes vary slightly based on where one is situated in the world, one thing is certain – nurses are critical to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and society at large.  In the United States, nurses are celebrating National Nurses Week May 6-12, under the banner "Culture of Safety:  It Starts with You".  Regardless of one's role in nursing, safety is both an individual and collective responsibility of every nurse, a concept near and dear to the hearts of forensic nurses.  In Canada, National Nursing Week runs from May 9-15.  This year's theme "Nurses with You Every Step of the Way" emphasizes nurses' roles across the lifespan, in all situations, in all settings. Of note, nursing in youth corrections and forensic nursing are featured on the promotional poster.  Former president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and fellow Canadian, Sheila Early, is prominently highlighted illustrating one of forensic nursing's many roles.  On May 12, the International Council of Nurses, celebrates International Nursing Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.  The theme they have adopted for 2016 "Nurses:  A Force for Change – Improving Health Systems' Resilience" builds upon the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.  It's about responding to new challenges and investing in the health workforce to strengthen health systems. 

So, while you are contemplating nursing, and celebrating your roles and responsibilities as forensic nurses, why not consider writing for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.  Feel free to contact me at to discuss your ideas further. 

Cindy Peternelj-Taylor

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Nursing



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