this is my first post here and i have a question. someone else had asked this and this is what i'm thinking too:
i was considering taking an online course. not to sound stupid but if i take an online degree would i be given the same opportunities compared to someone who went to a classroom setting? i ask this because i am not sure how marketable i would be without any clinical training relating to this. this is a field i would like to get into but i have so many questions still.
i am very interested in forensics, preferably more death investigator (or crime scene forensics) and less full time sane. i am a nursing student
, graduating in may which can't come soon enough by the way! :mortarboard: ) and am planning on working a year to gain some experience. i am hoping to get into the er for an internship which may (hopefully) lead to a job opp. i was reading that some forensic nurses work in the er and work on cases there. is this a job in itself or can it be used as a stepping stone toward more field work (does this make any sense?!?)?
is there a major difference in a master's degree and forensic nurse clinical specialist? i was looking at university of california, riverside, extension (which is an online course that really appeals to me, i like the way the classes are set up. it woudl leave me with a forensic nursing certificate) and i was also looking at quinnipiac (which is an in person format which would result in the clinical specialist title. p.s.-what's the difference between certificate and clinical specialst? is one better than the other?). i understand that all the courses must cover the same material, but it seems that the online course better suites me, although i am hesitant to take an online course.
another question i was wondering about is bc i am planning on taking time off, and i know nothing about the legal system as of now, would it be beneficial to me to take some criminal justice intro class for my own benefit once a week or something along those lines?
for the most part i am interested in working in the ed or going to crime scenes (if i did this would i only be working with dead pts or other victims as well? is there a death investigator and crime scene nurse?). i have read about both but do not really have a clear cut idea of what's going on. could someone please clarify the duties of each position, and if possible, walk me through a case for each job? would i just get the samples and write something up and that’s it? or would i be following a case for a long period of time? i hope this isn't too long, but i've been thinking about grad school since before i even went to college (!!) and this is the first time that the field i was thinking about felt right and actually fascinates me!!
one more question: if for some crazy reason i decide to take the course out of the country, would it be wasy for me to get work back in the states?
thanks for any help, and i'll def be back to read more. prepare to be annoyed by my questions everyone! lol!!!!