I'm new to the forum. I just found out today about the field of forensic nursing. I'm currently at the beginning of a one year accelerated BSN course. Our school starts clinical rotations by simply doing (mandatory) volunteer work at local assisted living and skilled nursing senior care centers. I've never had even the slightest interest in working with the elderly population until visiting the center and seeing first hand how vulnerable such an enormous segment of our population is to pretty much every kind of abuse imaginable. I've found tons of info about SANE programs and only slightly less concerning crime scene/medical examiners, but so far only vague references to the forensic nurses specializing in elderly abuse.
Is there such a thing? If so, where can I find more info?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, especially if you are a nurse specializing in elderly abuse cases.
Jun 8, '12
What setting do you think you would work in? Every DNS I know does her own investigation and really I don't see how you would make a living doing this.
Jan 25, '14
Home health might be a good area for you to try. Some SANE's do home health work, as there is a need for people that are able to respond appropriately when elderly abuse is suspected. Good luck!