WHAT IS FORENSIC NURSING?
Forensic Nurses specialize in caring for victims and perpetrators of violence. They care for the physical, psychological, and social trauma that occurs in patients who have been assaulted or abused. Forensic nurses also have a specialized knowledge of the legal system and collect evidence, provide medical testimony in court, and provide consultation to legal authorities.
The International Association of Forensic Nurses is the recognized authority on forensic nursing. The Association is the catalyst for universal access to forensic nursing care for patients impacted by violence and trauma. Its members are sought out by the public, policymakers, media, governments and worldwide healthcare systems for their expertise and knowledge. The Association and its members are valued for their collaborative leadership across systems. The Association defines and advances the global research agenda to enhance nursing’s evidence based response to the needs of forensic populations. Regulatory bodies and certifying agencies look to the Association for guidance on setting standards of care for forensic nursing services in a variety of settings. The Association serves as a global network for forensic nurses to exchange ideas, serve as mentors and enhance their practice. To learn more about Forensic Nursing, please visit the IAFN website.
IAFN TEXAS CHAPTER OFFICERS
President - Missouri City, TX
In addition to serving as the IAFN Texas Chapter President, Khara Breeden serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors of the IAFN. She has over 15 years of nursing experience, is full-time in academia educating future nurses and provides Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) trainings for the adult, adolescent and pediatric populations, among various other forensic nursing topics and is also the owner of KB Education and Consulting.
President-Elect - Houston, TX
In addition to serving as IAFN Texas Chapter President Elect, Stacy A. Drake, PhD, MPH, RN is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing and serves as the Chair of the research committee for IAFN. Dr. Drake has years of experience within various clinical and administrative positions including EMS/fire, trauma/burn/medical and surgical ICU, death investigation, and risk management. She teaches on a variety of topics and is involved with a number of community based injury prevention initiatives. Dr. Drake has a joint faculty appointment with The Center for Translational Injury Research (CeTIR) at UTHealth School of Medicine. Her research interests include understanding of deaths in the public sector for purposes of preventing and eliminating disparity, improving injury outcomes, and death investigation systems. Finally, she is practicing as a forensic nurse death investigator at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Immediate Past President
Treasurer - Houston, TX
Secretary - Sugarland, TX
Member-at-Large - Houston, TX
Member-at-Large - Converse, TX
Victoria Holzapfel is on active duty service in the United States Navy Nurse Corps, currently stationed at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, where she is the Navy Lead Instructor for the Department of Defense inter-service Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner Course.
Member-at-Large - Bay City, TX