I want to help you with some of your questions about Forensic Nursing - page 2

Hi everyone! I'm a Forensic Nurse! I want to help you with some of your questions. I have been a nurse for 30+ years and for the last 8 pre-K(Katrina), I worked in a Level 1 Trauma Center. For all... Read More

  1. by   KC4NSICRN
    for the jcaho standards, here is what you need to know. i got this from doing a google search, it's apparently a proposal, but it contains the information you're looking for. i included the statement about the proposal because i thought it was also informative. some of the information (the standards) can be researched and used to persuade your administration to pursue adherance to standards, by utilizing your talents and advancing yourself professionally, increasing your own marketability and realizing just what an asset you are to the facility!

    forensic science has been classically associated with investigations of suspicious or wrongful deaths. however, in the past decade, a new discipline, living forensics, has emerged, focusing on trauma survivors and the perpetrators of violent acts. this new forensic arena is germane to healthcare personnel in any setting, and bridges the gaps that have traditionally distanced them from law enforcement and the judicial systems. the requirement to educate nurses in the fundamentals of forensic science was firmly established in 1997 when the joint commission on the accreditation of healthcare organizations (jcaho) published its revised standards for patient assessment. the guidelines require that all staff members be educated to identify victims of abuse, violence and neglect, and be able to collect and safeguard physical evidence associated with a known or potential criminal act. the purpose of this proposal is to develop an asynchronous, interactive learning program for the world wide web, which will enable nurses and other healthcare personnel to identify forensic cases and to properly document and manage evidentiary materials.

    [font='arial',' ']jcaho core standards guidelines
    e.s. criteria needed to identify possible abuse victims
    es. types of abuse to be addressed:
    ho. physical assault
    rape or sexual molestation
    domestic abuse of elders, spouses, partners, children es. procedures for patient evaluation.
    ho. patient consent
    examination and treatment
    hospital role in collection, retention and safeguarding of specimens, photos and other evidence notification/release of information to authorities
    es. referral list of private and community based family violence
    ho. agencies available through the hospital
    es.5.1..2.10.4 medical records documentation to include examinations,
    ho. treatment, referrals to other health care providers and community based agencies and required notification of authorities
    es. requires appropriate staff to be trained in injury identification
    ho. and procedures needed to work with abuse and assault survivors

    i hope this helps!

  2. by   Bearzrul
    thank you this information will be very useful and hope that it passes - we need support and understanding in this area of nursing
  3. by   :)MB*09
    nurse: the new role of the nurse in law enforcement
    by: serita stevens

    hey, i could recommend you this book. my forensics teacher gave it to me the day after he told me that there was such thing as fn (i think he gave it to me because i told him that i wanted to a nurse instead of a forensic specialist). it was a great book and it's mostly fn experiences'. i really became motivated when i read their stories.

    good luck!


    it's a rewarding career! i had the opportunity to shadow a fn.
  4. by   mightymitern
    Hi everyone,
    This is great. I just started looking into FN. I have been in Med/Surg for a little over a year and have learned so much. Lately I have seen many cases that would be considered for forensics. I also spent 8 years on a FD as an EMT, so there were many things I saw that could be incorporated into this specialty. Yesterday I went to the local police dept. and asked if they would be interested in using a FN, they outright told me NO, you should talk to the SANE nurses in town. Everyone keeps referring me back to the SANE nurses, that is only a small part of FN, and I am looking for the total package.
    I live in a small community but the crimes are sometimes big for us, and I think a FN would be useful.
    How, and who do I approach for this type of job? I was also told to go to Boston because they were a city and that's where they need FN. I disagree. I think they are needed everywhere. ANy thoughts on this. I am also going to joing the iafn. I am not by any means bashing any facility or dept, I just feel they could use a FN who may look at things in a different perspective.
    Thanks for any help.