pathway to be a forensic nurse?
- 0Apr 6, '13 by tsalvadoHi guys,
So I just got my RN in february and am currently working on a surgical unit. I have always wanted to be a forensic nurse and have decided i am going to start towards that next spring. I am aware I need ED experience, so I will be applying for the ED internship program at my hospital in the fall to try to get my foot in that way. besides experience, what else should I do? should I just get my BSN and get my forensic certification or is it smarter to get my MSN before my certification? I am not sure how this works as it is a new field. Also, if anyone knows, what does getting the certification involve? Thanks!
- 0Apr 7, '13 by Pixie.RN, BSN, RN, EMT-P Senior ModeratorWe have nurses involved in our forensic program who do not have ED experience -- you might want to contact someone in your local ED's forensic program (if they have one) and find out what they require. What kind of forensic nursing are you wanting to do? It's a pretty varied field. Congrats on becoming an RN.
- 0Aug 18, '13 by Wanna_BA_NurseYou don't need a BSN, an associates in nursing will work just fine. Once you do that, you need to get certified as a FNE, SANE-A, or SANE-P, depending on what you'd like to focus on. Forensic nurses can do death investigation, pediatric sexual assault, adult sexual assault, etc. I'd go to the IAFN (that's International Association of Forensic Nurses) website for more detailed information and programs in your area.
- 0Nov 21, '13 by sirI, MSN, APRN, NP AdminQuote from stephanie10414Hello stephanie10414Can you be an LPN to go into this field?
Yes, LPNs can enter into this field of nursing as well.
I've written a new Article about the Forensic Nurse that you might find interesting and will be writing future Articles about Forensic Nursing.
Please see this new one: The Forensic Nurse