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My daughter is very interested in a career as a Forensic Pathologist. I am trying to convince her that there is a career track as a nurse in forensics, but am finding it difficult to locate any information on education standards... Read More


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    Quote from Toby's mum
    Patrick,

    I commend your daughter for having such focus and investigating her options. BTW--I checked my piles of papers (LOL) and found the name of one of the 'world's' leading forensic nursing authorities--Dan Sheridan, Ph.D., RN. There is a great article on him in the Johns Hopkins Nursing magazine Volume I, Issue I Spring 2003 (page 22). I think if you go to the JH SON website, you will have access to it there. JH hired Sheridan to launch the new forensic science program--it's a master's program in forensic nursing. It sounds pretty remarkable and based on what you have said your daughter finds fascinating, I think she would really enjoy reading more about him and his approach. Steph
    Thank you so much for this information. I know she is going to be very interested in learning more about this program. Perhaps this is where she will want to be. She is out for the weekend, but I will be sure to share this post and the site with her as soon as she gets home. Thanks again.
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    HI I would very much like to go into this aspect of medical field, I am currently a LPN, working in the Washington Dc. area will be moving to Fl in about 2years please i would love to learn work and experince this.
    caj
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    I love this topic!!! I currently work in as an Autopsy Tissue Tech in a pathology lab for Kaiser Hospital and I will tell you that pathology is a great profession. I really admire the pathologist that I work with. There is so much to learn and see....

    I would encourage your daughter to do what she wants to do... but I would suggest maybe visiting some labs local to you and she can really get a taste of what it's really all about.

    We have a lot of high school kids come in and tour our lab here in So Cali....
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    Was reading the postings. Seeing the original post was from NC, just a thought. Has your daughter looked at Duke? They have a Pathology Assistant program, that focuses on forensics.
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    Encourage your daughter to continue on with the sciences. The field of nursing is growing so much and nurses are taking on more and more responsibilities. Who knows what opportunities will be available when she gets to college? Things can change a lot in 4 years and also another 4 years while she gets her BSN. As corny as it sounds, the show Crossing Jordan can have some insightful thoughts about respecting life and that crimes can be solved by looking at the body and forensic evidence. There is a forensics club at a high school nearby. There is a year long waiting list to get in the class. The kids use chemistry, biology, physics, psychology etc... to solve crimes. They don't go to the morgue and see dead bodies. The teachers don't want kids in the program who are curious about dead bodies. Is there such a club or organization for teenagers near you? Maybe her schience teachers or guidance counselor may have some ideas.
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    Quote from nancynurse05
    Encourage your daughter to continue on with the sciences. The field of nursing is growing so much and nurses are taking on more and more responsibilities. Who knows what opportunities will be available when she gets to college? Things can change a lot in 4 years and also another 4 years while she gets her BSN. As corny as it sounds, the show Crossing Jordan can have some insightful thoughts about respecting life and that crimes can be solved by looking at the body and forensic evidence. There is a forensics club at a high school nearby. There is a year long waiting list to get in the class. The kids use chemistry, biology, physics, psychology etc... to solve crimes. They don't go to the morgue and see dead bodies. The teachers don't want kids in the program who are curious about dead bodies. Is there such a club or organization for teenagers near you? Maybe her schience teachers or guidance counselor may have some ideas.
    Kind of an old thread, but thank you for your reply. As is true with most teenagers, she has changed her career direction and is no longer interested in forensics or nursing at this point. She cites that there are way to many people unhappy with nursing and she now wishes to work on a military career. I am sure that will change also. But I do appreicate your response.
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    I have just recently heard that the city of Houston is requiring an RN license to be hired on as a CSI. You might want to tell your daughter to check that out and see if it is indeed true. I'm not sure if my sources are reliable but it's something to look into.
    Last edit by Life_is_good_1973 on Sep 28, '04
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    Hi there -- I have a big response to this! Since the original poster's dd is only 15 (!) why NOT encourage her to shoot for the stars? Nursing and PA's are noble professions, but if she has the brains, the time and the passion for pathology why not steer her to the very top of the heap?!

    There's just a *little bit* of sexism in the tone of Patrick's post. Now, having said that, I'd be A LOT more concerned about a military career -- yikes!
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    Quote from alphafe
    Hi there -- I have a big response to this! Since the original poster's dd is only 15 (!) why NOT encourage her to shoot for the stars? Nursing and PA's are noble professions, but if she has the brains, the time and the passion for pathology why not steer her to the very top of the heap?!

    There's just a *little bit* of sexism in the tone of Patrick's post. Now, having said that, I'd be A LOT more concerned about a military career -- yikes!
    First .... thanks for the response. I am a firm believer that women (girl in my case with my daughter) have the ability, intelligence and the opportunity to do anything they want to do for a career. As far as my daughter goes, she has the encouragement from me to set her own destiny .... I am nothing more than a catalyst of ideas to help her realize that destiny. A touch of sexism is a pretty big statement as I am not aware of any words that would even relate to sexism in my post. We have indeed explored the ideas of forensic pathologist, but she is not interested in spending that much time in school. Clearly, she has the intelligence to do it, but for whatever reason, she does not want to spend that much time in school. Again, my role is that of enourager and one that assists her with the exploration of opportunities that are before her. I hope that as she matures and develops a little better idea of where she wants to be with her career, that she choses one that will fulfil her as an individual as well as a professional. Knowing her the way I do, I am sure she will be successful in whatever she does.
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    This should probably be a new thread, but I would encourage anyone who is interested in forensic nursing to become an active member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), and a member of their local chapter, if there is one. I just got back from the IAFN Scientific Assembly in Chicago where I was one of nearly 600 forensic nurses who met to learn and meet each other. And yes, Dan Sheridan was one of a number of very distinguished presenters. I spent an entire day learning from him in an pre-conference all day session about injury recognition in domestic violence victims. Then I had the chance to talk casually with him because he just happened to be in the exhibition booth selling IAFN t-shirts for his chapter next to me, where I was selling things for our chapter. There were lots of impromptu learning opportunities such as that at the assembly. And so:

    If you want to have these kinds of learning experiences, just go www.forensicnurse.org and place your membership - and think about attending next year's scientific assembly:

    International Association of Forensic Nurse's (IAFN) 13th Annual Scientific Assembly
    September 20 - 25, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Washington, DC

    IAFN Goes International in 2006
    International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) 14th Annual Scientific Assembly
    October 4 - 8, 2006
    Vancouver, BC


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