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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... Read More

  1. Visit  cajnet profile page
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    I am still waiting for news on our seminar, however with the busy schedule that we are seeing it will probably be late Sept or October 2004. I will be letting all know.
    My own niece is also interested in Forensics and will be doing her internship with me this summer.
    Please keep in touch with me and I will be happy to let you know on any seminars. cajnet@bellsouth.net
    Mar k
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  3. Visit  cajnet profile page
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    In order to be a Forensic Pathologist, one must be a MD. They have seminars and classes in Forensics all the time and in numerous areas of forensics, but a Forensic Pathologist is a MD and we have 4 that work with us.
    The field is amazing and always keeps us on our toes!
    Best regards
    Mark
  4. Visit  Liann profile page
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    Good reading on the topic can be found in any of the books by Thomas Noguchi MD or Cyril Wecht MD, JD, both world famous forensic pathologists.

    The book MD by Benjamin Kean MD is a great autobiography of a pathologist who specializes in parasitology. He has had an amazing life.

    There is a series of books for teens with a main character named Jenna who works as a morgue assistant. I forget the author though!
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    Quote from RNPATL
    Yes, I agree. My daughter does not want to be a nurse. Her big concern is that nursing does not offer the career prestige that other careers offer. Of course, I disagree with her, but that is certainly her perception based on all the media attention to the plight of our profession.

    Ultimately, she wants to be a forensic pathologist and wants to work with a criminal investigative unit. I explained to her that nursing offers a very similar career track in forensics and that she should explore this avenue before closing out her options as a forensic nurse. She has agreed to explore this option. Perhaps the only reason she is exploring it is because I have asked her too, but I really think forensic nursing is a far better career option that what she has planned.

    I will fully support her in whatever career choice she makes, she is a very bright girl, I just don't want her to rule out other options that are available to her.

    Thanks for your response, hopefully there is a forensic nurse on this BB that can give me some good information. Patrick
    Patrick,

    What a great dad!

    You might have your daughter look at Johns Hopkins school of nursing. They have a leading forensic scientist on their staff who teaches specific forensic nursing classes. There may be useful info as it pertains to forensic nursing on this site--at the very least, perhaps she can correspond with him and ask questions. HOpe this is helpful, Steph
  6. Visit  RNPATL profile page
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    Steph - thanks for the compliment and the advice. This thread is a little old and there are some updates on where she is right now in her career choices. She is still very interested in foresnics, but has discovered that a nursing education might suit her well. She has explored the BSN program with Penn State and I will tell her about John Hopkins as well. I was shocked when she told me that she would be interested in getting her BSN. She said, "I am not interested in being a traditional nurse, as I really could not stand taking care of people and cleaning there urine and feces." All this from a girl who would rather work with dead bodies .... go figure. She said she would also be interested in working in the ED as a SANE.

    I have to tell you that I have struggled a little with this choice, only because it is such a graphic profession, that it is difficult to introduce her to it, given her age and how morbid it can be. But she loves criminal investigations and she has a great science mind. So, I guess we will move forward with this avenue as she enters high school. She says she wants to get her college plans solidified prior to entering 10th grade. She starts as a freshman in high school this fall, so we still have a little time.

    Thanks for your response and I will tell her about the program at John Hopkins.
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    Quote from RNPATL
    Steph - thanks for the compliment and the advice. This thread is a little old and there are some updates on where she is right now in her career choices. She is still very interested in foresnics, but has discovered that a nursing education might suit her well. She has explored the BSN program with Penn State and I will tell her about John Hopkins as well. I was shocked when she told me that she would be interested in getting her BSN. She said, "I am not interested in being a traditional nurse, as I really could not stand taking care of people and cleaning there urine and feces." All this from a girl who would rather work with dead bodies .... go figure. She said she would also be interested in working in the ED as a SANE.

    I have to tell you that I have struggled a little with this choice, only because it is such a graphic profession, that it is difficult to introduce her to it, given her age and how morbid it can be. But she loves criminal investigations and she has a great science mind. So, I guess we will move forward with this avenue as she enters high school. She says she wants to get her college plans solidified prior to entering 10th grade. She starts as a freshman in high school this fall, so we still have a little time.

    Thanks for your response and I will tell her about the program at John Hopkins.
    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
  8. Visit  Nysloss profile page
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    I have an article available regarding the growing field of forensic pathology nursing, recently published. Let me know if you're interested and I'll tell you 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.
  10. Visit  tweetyd profile page
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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
    Mark[/QUOTE]
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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....
  12. Visit  MoodyButt profile page
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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.
  13. Visit  nancynurse05 profile page
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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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