Sorry I didn't see your post until now,
I'm a current pre-nursing student. Once I get into the nursing program
through my college, I plan on working in the ER for two years or so. I've been in contact with a Forensics Nurse thanks to finding out through local law enforcement agencies. I went to a seminar of hers and learned a lot of information. In my state, the only way to get certification is through conferences that state police, medical examiners, medical personnel and others put on. I feel I have knowledge on HOW to get my certification as a Forensic Nurse, not necessarily evidence collection, testimony, etc. Although, I do know that everyday is not the same and ever case is different. It never is routine, just like a traffic stop. (Misunderstanding in my writing, sorry).
Did you know that when a victim of shooting comes into the ED and resuscitation is unsuccessful, that body is now a crime scene and should be treated as such? Yes. Many things such as this statement were covered in the conference/seminar that I attended.
While I am only a pre-nursing student, I'm trying to get as much experience in this career that I will be pursuing upon getting my RN license. I've done ride alongs, with those who have knowledge in evidence collection. I am so happy that I am allowed to be able to be able to ask questions and actually gain the experience right in front of my eyes. They thought that I asked good questions. One even showed me the aftermath of a crime scene and I thought it was very interesting. It intrigued me so much, that I kept asking questions about certain things that I saw. The officer gladly answered all my questions.
Take a tour of the coroner's office: This is something that I plan on doing very soon. I've in contact with who I need to be in contact with.
Take SANE training: I plan on getting my Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training once I get my RN license.
Thanks for your input on my post. It's much appreciated. I wish there was a way to job shadow a Forensic Nurse, but due to the nature of the career, it's not allowed.