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"legal nurse consultants utilize different skills than paralegals and nurse-paralegals, skills we already possess from our nursing education and experience. we participate in cases where health, illness or injury is at issue. we do not delve into real estate, probate, marital property, real property or other fields of law unrelated to a specific health issue. nor do we do legal research and writing. a nurse who enters the legal field as a legal nurse consultant is still practicing nursing. we have not changed careers; we've only changed our practice area. we are not legal experts, nor do we 'perform specifically delegated substantive legal work' (which, according to the aba, is what a paralegal/legal assistant does)." this quote was taken from a lnc that i respect very much. she taught me and thousands of other clncs around the country. i'm not an expert on legal matters, i'm an expert on nursing. my "competence" is my 27 years of clinical nursing experience and "to utilize a rn as a paralegal/legal assistant is to pull her away from her core strengths". i have what i need to get the job done. i do not need additional training as a paralegal. my role is clear. i am a legal nurse consultant.
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 programs for the CNS forensic specialist as well as post-masters for other APRNs. And, there are programs for the LPN and paramedic.
But, most are post RN certificate programs.
When considering a Forensic Nursing program one should note if they adhere to standards set forth by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Note if they are accredited approvers by the individual Boards of Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Also, Forensic Nursing post-graduate programs should be endorsed by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Here are few links to help you (not all inclusive Forensic Nursing programs):
University of California, Riverside
Sexual Assault Examination Training: Adult/Adolescent and Sexual Assault Examination Training: Pediatrics ONLINE PROGRAMS
The courses are designed for LVN/LPN, RN, Physician, and other licensed medical professionals. Nursing students that have completed at least one semester of clinical training may participate.
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Good luck and we wish you well.
Forensic Nurses Week is organized by the educative Nursing association, International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Forensic Nurses are all-important individuals who, along with their love of the Law blended with their love for Nursing, can help those who have been neglected, abused, sexually assaulted and/or are the victim of any crime of violence, including intentional/unintentional death. These Nurses are beneficial in communicating with Law Enforcement agencies and have been instrumental in helping to prosecute violent offenders as well as create anti-violent crime units in many cities across the United States, Australia, the UK, and Canada.
Forensic Nursing is a specialty recognized by the American Nurses Association. Several years ago, this writer submitted an Article that pointed out how the role of the Forensic Nurse was still in its infancy; although there are many who enter into this field of Nursing, this is still true today. We still need to raise awareness.
Many individuals ask who can become a Forensic Nurse and do they have to have a Masters degree in Nursing. Any licensed Nurse, Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), can become a Forensic Nurse. There are certificate programs available and many individuals are post-graduate prepared (Masters, PhD), although a post-graduate degree is not required to practice Forensic Nursing.
Types of Forensic Nurses (not all inclusive):
hello everyone, i am currently a senior in a bsn program in ny, i'll be graduating next year may and im very interested in becoming a sane nurse. however, im finding it difficult to locate the city hospitals and hospitals in my home town of brookyn that currently have sane nurses. if anyone has any advice on how i can go about researching this, please feel free to post a reply or send me a message. also any experienced sane nurses feel free to send me any advice, as to how should i go about pursuing this dream. thank you and have blessed day:angel2:
The world of Forensic Nursing is still in its infancy. Wide-open opportunities are everywhere. I think you can find something in just about any city and it doesn't have to be a major city either. Forensic Nurses, in my opinion, play an integral role between law enforcement and medicine. This career utilizes all areas of nursing from being the support person for the newborn throughout the lifespan until death. Nurses who have a love for the Law, are experienced in many areas of nursing should consider this type of career. We are desperately needed to support and protect those who are unable to defend themselves. Most Boards of Nursing recognize this specialty and include education, continuing education, and certification/re-certification requirements.
Forensic Nurses can be RNs, LPNs, and Paramedics. Most, however, are graduates of Post-Masters certificate programs.
The individual (victim) who has suffered from intentional or even non-intentional situations can benefit from the Forensic Nurse who is trained to handle almost any situation.
Roles of the Forensic Nurse
You will receive the same student rates for your 1st year after graduation, too, with NSO.
This question comes up frequently and is asked of me quite often, "should I carry malpractice insurance?"
"What is malpractice?"
Simply put, it is a failure to adhere to a standard of care or conduct by a professional such as a Physician, Nurse, Attorney, etc. Malpractice occurs when it can be proven that the professional had a duty to provide a standard of care/conduct, breached that duty, an injury or damage resulted, and the injury/damage was caused by the breach.
No matter how educated, confident, and careful the Nurse is, unintentional mistakes can and will happen. Accidents will occur. And, unfortunately, willful neglect can be an issue. Injury and death very often are the results of mistakes, accidents and neglect. Families want to know what happened. Even in the best scenario, the Nurse feels embarrassed and ultimately fears what the damage could do to a perfect professional reputation. Nurses must have the option of protecting their professional reputations and personal assets. Having individual liability insurance is a smart solution.
Nurses will often make the following statement,
“My employer covers me so I don’t need my own malpractice/liability policy”.
“Malpractice insurance will make me a target and I’ll be named in a lawsuit.”
I am of a different opinion.
I think a mandatory DNP will be a good idea. Yes, right now there are no real incentives such as higher salary and/or other things like traumaRUs pointed out.
Many NPs in the beginning, such as OB-GYN NP, practiced after receiving only on-the-job training/preparation, usually a 4-year preceptorship, and sitting for a National certification. They received licensure from their individual states as licensed NPs.
Then, MSN became mandatory to practice. One of the reasons for the shift to MSN was because 3rd party reimbursement started requiring MSN as the minimum to practice.
I can foresee similar requirements in the future.
NPs now who do not have an MSN can still practice in their state only (not disenfranchised), but should they relocate to another state, they would have to be minimum MSN-prepared in order to practice.
In saying all of this, I would definitely like to see the DNP improved. Less "fluff" and more clinical preparation (like the old on-the-job trained Nps of the past). A true clinical doctorate.
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