Elections were recently held for the 2017 Florida International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) board. Elizabeth Marlow, RN, SANE-A, who serves as an on-call sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center was voted president-elect.
“I’m honored to be chosen among my peers for this position,” Elizabeth said. “I can’t wait to get my hands on as many activities as possible to further promote forensic nursing.” As a sexual assault forensic nurse, Elizabeth specializes in the education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of a victim who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.
IAFN, which is divided into U.S. state chapters, is an international membership organization comprised of forensic nurses working around the world and other professionals who support and complement the work of forensic nursing. The chapter president-elect, in the absence or disability of the president, performs the duties and has the authority to exercise the powers of the FL IAFN president.
In preparing for her first Florida IAFN chapter meeting of 2017, Elizabeth will learn more about the responsibility and tasks of her new position and start planning the 2017 state conference. Topics expected to be addressed include skills verification, giving court testimony and peer review of the medical-forensic records.
As a SANE, Elizabeth collaborates with other disciplines in the community such as law enforcement, crime lab personnel, child protection, attorneys, and directly with Palm Beach County Victim Services advocates, who all provide unique and compassionate, victim-centered services to sexual assault victims. Congratulations!
Elizabeth Marlow, RN, SANE-A