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Continuing Education Faculty

Laurie Charles


Laurie Charles is a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing in Bryan, Texas. She received her RN diploma from the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1992, and her online BSN and MSN from Western Governors University. Charles has been a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for 18 years.

Prior to working at the College of Nursing, she was the pediatric forensic nurse manager at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio for over 15 years.

She has completed over 1,200 examinations of children, adults and suspects for suspected child abuse, sexual assault and/or neglect and has overseen the care and treatment of over 15,000 patients who were suspected of being abused.

She has also served as a preceptor/mentor of over 300 SANE students from North America. Charles is a frequent lecturer on child abuse, neglect, sexual assault and the impact victimization has on a patient's overall health.

Additionally, she has served on several boards. She was the SANE representative on the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) board, and is the immediate past-president of the Texas Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Charles was also the chair of the Bexar County Child Fatality Review team for 16 years. She strives to ensure that child victims of sexual and physical abuse or neglect have superlative care regardless of where they are geographically. Charles has a special interest in combatting domestic minor sex trafficking.

Stacey A. Mitchell


A member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Dr. Mitchell holds a Doctorate in Forensic Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Her master’s degree in nursing has a focus in trauma and forensic nursing from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Mitchell’s bachelor’s degree is in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia. Her nursing career spans more than twenty-five years with experience in critical care, emergency nursing, forensic nursing and risk management.

Dr. Mitchell began her forensic nursing career as the coordinator of the Forensic Nurse Examiners of St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She has served as a director at large for two terms, treasurer, president-elect and president on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).

Dr. Mitchell held the position of deputy chief forensic nurse investigator at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston, Texas for six years. From 2008 to 2017, she was the administrative director of forensic nursing services and risk management and patient safety for the Harris Health System. Currently, she is a clinical associate professor and program coordinator of the Forensic Health Care Program at the Texas A&M College of Nursing.

In October 2017, Dr. Mitchell was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2015, Dr. Mitchell was honored as one of the Top 20 Outstanding Nurses by the Texas Nurses Association District 9. She also received the Virginia Lynch Pioneer in Forensic Nursing award that year. Dr. Mitchell is a frequently invited speaker at both domestic and international nursing conferences and training seminars, and she is regularly called upon to provide expert testimony regarding forensic nursing, sexual assault, child abuse, child sexual abuse and trauma.