Brief biographical statement from the selection year
Virginia A. Lynch, RN, MSN, FAAN, FAAFS (MSN, UT Arlington, 19990) is said to be the founder of the science of forensic nursing. Her interest in forensic nursing was first ignited in 1982 as she initiated her forensic career as a medical death investigator for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner in Fort Worth.
In 1986 she submitted a proposal for her graduate studies to UT Arlington where she and Dr. Samuel Hughes, Assistant Dean, conceptualized and implemented an educational program in forensic nursing. This concept has expanded from the scientific investigation of death to a clinical specialty in the management of victims of violence, the accused and the condemned. Her master’s thesis, “Clinical Forensic Nursing: A Descriptive Study in Role Development”, became the first publication related to role development of a forensic specialist in nursing.
The founding president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, she is an internationally recognized forensic scientist. Her book Forensic Nursing is required for UT Arlington’s summer elective in forensic nursing.