I would like to take this opportunity to highlight this special issue of the Journal of Forensic Nursing dedicated to Social Justice and Forensic Nursing, and to add a special "thank you" to Guest Editors Alison Colbert PhD, PHCNC-BC and Sr. Rosemary Donley PhD, APRN, FAAN for their contributions to bringing this special issue to fruition.
While there are various definitions of social justice, they are all quite similar. One of my favorites however, is one by the Canadian Nurses Association (2010). In their document entitled Social Justice…a means to an end, and end in itself, social justice is defined as "the equitable, or fair, distribution of society's benefits, responsibilities and their consequences. It focuses on the relative position of the social advantage on one individual or social group in relation to others in society as well as on the root causes of inequities and what can be done to eliminate them" (p. 12).
The authors -- American, Canadian, and Australian -- who contributed to this special issue have addressed issues of contemporary concern to forensic nurses – human trafficking/domestic minor sex trafficking, forensic examinations of immigrant victims, male health seeking after sexual assault, infusing social justice through simulation, and a variety of articles addressing forensic nursing clinical and research roles related to criminal justice involved persons.
I am confident that the diversity of the papers featured in this special issue will contribute to our ongoing understanding of social justice, will challenge us to view our practice through a social justice lens, and to embrace the nursing implications inherent in such a view.
I look forward to your responses.
All the best,
Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, RN, MSc, DF-IAFN
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Nursing