How Do I Become a Forensic Nurse/Role of the Forensic Nurse - page 10

This thread is to help educate those interested in becoming a Forensic Nurse as well as help define the role of the forensic nurse. There are programs that prepare the RN as a masters prepared forensic specialist. There are... Read More

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    I am very interested in pursuing a career in forensic nursing. There is no one like this in my area. I am especially interested in the SANE programs. I am having trouble with the links provided. They don't take me to any certificate programs, only graduate degree information. Can anyone help me with this? I am going to search the web but if anyone can recommend a good certificate program to get me started that would be great!

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    Quote from handyrn
    i am very interested in pursuing a career in forensic nursing. there is no one like this in my area. i am especially interested in the sane programs. i am having trouble with the links provided. they don't take me to any certificate programs, only graduate degree information. can anyone help me with this? i am going to search the web but if anyone can recommend a good certificate program to get me started that would be great!
    hello, handyrn,

    if you clicked on the link on the previous page, it is for a graduate program. the first page of this thread lists links to certificate programs: permalink

    and, a link to another sticky thread (found at top of this forum):

    the sexual assault nurse examiner - sane
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    Forensic nursing is not always like CSI or something you know, but still very rewarding. I worked in a state hospital on the forensic unit for a year. I went back to the ER to work to make more money, because the state pays so little here in Arkansas and obtain my MNSc with a psych specialty. I want to go back and make a bigger difference if possible and I would love to teach psych nursing to others with a passion or potential passion for the mentally ill, to include those with criminal convictions. On our unit we dealt with the courts and helping to make the decision on whether a patient was not gulity by reason of insanity (very, very, very rare) or able to stand trial and understand the court system. I met a lot of interesting patients there, and similar to ER the psychiatrists are a different type of doc's. In the ER and in psych I really think the nurses are more respected and there is a better working relationship with the doc's and nurses, more respect, and a hell of a lot more fun!:wink2:
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    I just finished a BSN after being an ADN RN for 7 years and am entering grad school this summer. I would not bother with the four year degree just to have it, but would really encourage the BSN. A four year degree in say psych or biology will not really help you with pay or advancement in nursing, unless you just want it. The BSN or further is really the way to go I think. I am convinced I am a better nurse because of it (the BSN), and it really wasn't that hard. The RN was the hardest thing to get. Who knows what grad school will be like, but I am really excited about nursing education. We have so many ways and directions that we can go. Nursing is a great field.
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    Hello and welcome to allnurses.com and the Forensic Nursing forum, queen nurse.

    We are glad you joined. Good luck with grad school!!

    We hope you enjoy the site.
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    sirI,
    What degree do you need to be in forensic's? I've got my Legal nurse Consultant diploma from Kaplan college but haven't been able to work in the field b/c of my location of living in small areas but do I need more than this? What's the best way to get started?
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    Quote from moosemadness
    sirI,
    What degree do you need to be in forensic's? I've got my Legal nurse Consultant diploma from Kaplan college but haven't been able to work in the field b/c of my location of living in small areas but do I need more than this? What's the best way to get started?

    Hello, moosemadness

    You do not have to have a degree to work in forensic nursing although there are grad programs in forensic nursing.

    One only need be LPN or RN with unencumbered and valid license. Most programs are RN only, however. And, some forensic programs include other healthcare providers.....

    Check out this link permalink in this forum about different educative entites for the nurse.

    As for your legal nursing, have you tried to market outside your immediate area? You don't have to market only locally. You can go outside your state. Check out this thread in the Legal Nursing forum: Legal Nurse Consulting and Marketing Ideas


    If you have other questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Good luck.
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    sirI,
    Thanks for the info. I haven't tried to market outside my area b/c I'm so new in it really. I don't have much experience and I just doubted anyone would hire me w/o several years experence. It's hard to find someone willing to give you the experience.
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    Quote from moosemadness
    sirI,
    Thanks for the info. I haven't tried to market outside my area b/c I'm so new in it really. I don't have much experience and I just doubted anyone would hire me w/o several years experence. It's hard to find someone willing to give you the experience.

    You have to start somewhere. Most who start in this career have no LNC experience. Besides, you already know SOC/SOP and how to apply to nursing/medicine. You have the nursing knowledge!!

    I know it is hard to get started. Review your LNC materials and look at some of the threads here. Stay here (in the Legal Nursing forum) and get motivated again.
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    Hi, for those of you interested in Forensic Nursing, see the June edtion of RN: Your career-your life. There is an article title: Forensic Nursing: Beyond the bedside. nanacarol
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