How Do I Become a Forensic Nurse/Role of the Forensic Nurse - page 15

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... Read More

  1. by   eh14
    Hi, do you mind me asking what state you are in?
  2. by   eh14
    Hello - I was wondering - are you still working on the field? Is it your primary income or do you do other nursing as well? I was looking at the U Cal Riverside Certificate but not sure if it preps you for the SANE exam. If not Id just go to a regular college. Let me know when you can! Thanks, Beth
  3. by   RNHop
    Hey! I live in Aiken, SC...its about 30 mins from Augusta, GA.
  4. by   RNHop
    Hey, I am full time on the rehab unit. Right now that is my only income. My schedule is about to change where I will have 5 days off in a row every other weekend, so was thinking of trying to get a job in the field, like a tech job or internship. Something to get my foot in the door.
  5. by   addy734
    My dream job to be a Forensic Nurse!
  6. by   turnforthenurse
    This is a great thread! I just wanted to add that UTHSC-Houston will be offering a Forensic Nursing Science concentration starting this Fall 2016: https://nursing.uth.edu/prospstudent...ters/forensic/

    I'm currently in their FNP program and I hope to work in an ER or urgent care after I graduate. I currently work in the ER as an RN. What is the scope of FNPs if they have a forensic nursing certification? Do you have to have a SANE certification as well or could I forgo that? I"m also looking into doing their emergency/trauma care concentration as an FNP which will be invaluable but I figured a forensic concentration would also be very valuable in that type of setting.
  7. by   Get2theChoppa
    Quote from turnforthenurse
    This is a great thread! I just wanted to add that UTHSC-Houston will be offering a Forensic Nursing Science concentration starting this Fall 2016: https://nursing.uth.edu/prospstudent...ters/forensic/

    I'm currently in their FNP program and I hope to work in an ER or urgent care after I graduate. I currently work in the ER as an RN. What is the scope of FNPs if they have a forensic nursing certification? Do you have to have a SANE certification as well or could I forgo that? I"m also looking into doing their emergency/trauma care concentration as an FNP which will be invaluable but I figured a forensic concentration would also be very valuable in that type of setting.
    I don't know if it differs by state but my first job out of nursing school was/is a forensic nurse examiner. I think any nurse with a BSN can perform a forensic exam so long as they have the training. They just can't use the official title of SANE-(c) or whichever certification you choose since there seems to be more than just one. If you get certified, I think it just marks you as an "expert" in the field. However, many certifications require at least two years of experience before you can apply for cert.

    My boss is an FNP; I'm not sure what extra roles she has other than directing the center we work out of.

    I went with this position out of nursing school bc I want to focus on women's health/sexual health/primary care in a setting like PP in the future.

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