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  • Jun 21

    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.
    Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners work with law enforcement and the legal system while providing objective forensic examinations to victims and suspects of reported sexual assault events. Topics in the Sexual Assault Examination Training comprehensive online program include physical assessment of patients, forensic terminology, DNA technology, forensic and differential evaluation of findings, and collection and preservation of forensic evidence, chain of custody, documentation and photography, and preparation for court testimony.

    Fitchburg State University Forensic Nursing Graduate Certificate (Online)

    This program provides an opportunity for advanced practice nurses who hold a master's degree in nursing from accredited programs to acquire specialization in forensic nursing. Forensic nursing is the application of nursing science to public or legal proceedings and the integration of the forensic aspects of health care with the bio-psycho-social education of the professional nurse. Students are prepared to deal with the prevention, scientific investigation, and treatment of victims of trauma and/or death as well as the investigation and treatment of perpetrators of abuse, violence, criminal activity and traumatic accidents. The program is offered completely online.

    International Association of Forensic Nurses

    The Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification currently offers three professional credentials: the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult/Adolescent, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Pediatric, and, in collaboration with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the portfolio in Advanced Forensic Nursing.

    American College of Forensic Examiners Institute Certified Forensic Nurse (CFN)

    Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States (or its territories)

    Have practiced for a minimum of three (3) years as a RN in the United States Documentation of clinicial experience (a clinical experience validation form) signed by an appropriate clinical authority, such as a mentor, employer, or nursing supervisor.

    SANE-SART Resource Service - Sexual Sssault Nurse Examiner (SANE) - Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

    SANE-A/SAFE/SAMFE Preparation and Refresher, and Webinars. This interactive, engaging course places you into real-world simulations that challenge you to assess a wide variety of scenarios involved in performing sexual assault medical-forensic exams, investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases or advocating for the victim. You will be challenged to identify problems and take appropriate action to achieve solutions and positive outcomes. The simulations are complemented by webinars hosted by subject matter experts who provide an expanded discussion of the course material.

    Johns Hopkins Post Bachelor's Forensic Program

    Registered nurses (RNs) with bachelor's degrees can now pursue an online post-baccalaureate certificate in forensic nursing at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON). Pending approval from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the online option replaces the former post master's Certificate in Advanced Forensic Nursing (CAFN) option. The program prepares registered nurses to serve individuals in need of comprehensive forensic nursing assessments and care following intentional injury, non-intentional injury, and disasters.

    University of Illinois at Chicago Advanced Practice Forensic Nurse

    This certificate is our answer to the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 2002 Report, Confronting Chronic Neglect: The Education & Training of Health Professionals on Family Violence. The Forensic Nursing Certificate program is comprised of three courses plus a supervised practicum. The courses are online and are designed for learners to achieve the Academy of Violence & Abuse Core Competencies.

    Duquesne University Forensic Nursing Certificate for Advanced Practice (Summer start only)

    The forensic nursing program prepares nurses at the advanced practice level in many areas of forensics. At the advanced practice level, nurses impact social policy, health care initiatives, education, research and practice.

    Monmouth University Forensic Nursing Graduate Certificate

    Monmouth University's forensic nursing program includes the study of interpersonal violence, forensic evidence, nursing ethics and legal issues. The program prepares graduates to work in a variety of areas including child/elder abuse assessment and evaluation; domestic violence intervention; sexual assault examination; mass disaster response and death investigation.

    American Nurses Credentialing Center - Advanced Forensic Nursing-Board Certified (AFN-BC)

    Credential Awarded: AFN-BC (Certification through Portfolio)

    Certification through portfolio is a new assessment methodology to achieve ANCC board certification. No exam is required. Eligible applicants submit an online portfolio of evidence to document their specialized knowledge, skills, understanding, and application of professional nursing practice and theory. Portfolios must articulate performance in four domains of practice: Professional Development, Professional and Ethical Nursing Practice, Teamwork and Collaboration, and Quality and Safety, as described in the Portfolio Content Outline [pdf] and Eligibility Criteria for this specialty certification.

    St. Louis University Medicolegal Death Investigator

    This course is designed for medicolegal death investigators, coroners, law enforcement officers, physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, attorneys, forensic scientists and others who are involved in the investigation of violent suspicious and unexpected deaths. This five (5) day program teaches individuals how to conduct scientific, systematic and thorough death scene and telephone investigations for Medical Examiner and Coroner offices.

    Pennsylvania State University Online Undergraduate Certificate in Nursing Forensics

    Who Should Apply?

    Penn State College of Nursing's online nursing forensics certificate program could be right for you if you have a valid RN license and you wish to enhance your professional credentials. The courses can show you how to help your patients by providing a bridge between the health care system and the criminal justice system. The 12-credit Certificate in Nursing Forensics can help you gain foundational knowledge in forensic nursing.

  • Jun 19

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  • Jun 8

    Welcome to

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  • Jun 5


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  • Jun 2

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  • May 26

    please stay on topic of the clinical differences of nps and pas.

    i would really hate to have to close this thread. it serves to assist others and as professionals, we should continue to do so without personal attacks.

    thank you.

  • May 25

    Quote from traumaRUs
    IMHO you should have had malpractice insurance the second you received your RN license....get it ASAP.
    And, I'll go a step further.

    IMO, one should get liability insurance as a student and carry it over once licensed as an RN.

  • May 25

    Quote from traumaRUs
    IMHO you should have had malpractice insurance the second you received your RN license....get it ASAP.
    And, I'll go a step further.

    IMO, one should get liability insurance as a student and carry it over once licensed as an RN.

  • May 24

    Thread moved to Student NP forum for best replies.

  • May 24

    Quote from emmjayy
    St. Joseph's College of Nursing, Syracuse, New York.
    St. Joseph's College of Nursing
    Hello emmjayy,

    We have added St. Joseph's College of Nursing to the list. Look for publication in the near future. THANK YOU!

    Quote from jenlpn(i)
    Sprott Shaw College Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
    Canadian Healthcare Academy, Surrey, British Columbia
    Thank you, jenlpn(i)

    Sprott Shaw College and Canadian Healthcare Academy have been added for consideration in the future. We thank you for the suggestions.

    Quote from FutureNurseEmilyP198
    Elms College is not available to review
    Thank you for the suggestion, FutureNurseEmilyP198.

    Elms College has been added and will be published in the future.

    THANK YOU!!!

  • May 23

    Quote from futurenaijaRN
    Lynchburg college (best nursing school ever!)
    Hello, futurenaijaRN. We have added Lynchburg College to the list and will get it published in the near future. THANK YOU!

  • May 22

    Since the School Directory launched on April 13, we have received approximately 162 program requests from 77 members.

    The following requested programs have been published:

    Bellevue College
    Chattahoochee Valley Community College
    Columbia University
    Dixie State University
    Drexel University
    Florida Atlantic University
    George Mason University
    Jacksonville University Keigwin School of Nursing
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
    Kentucky State U
    Lone Star College System
    Messiah College
    Mount Saint Mary's University
    Oregon Health and Sciences U
    Queens University of Charlotte Presbyterian School of Nursing
    Sacred Heart U
    Samuel Merritt University
    Simmons College
    Stockton University
    University of Delaware
    University of Florida College of Nursing
    University of Maryland School of Nursing
    University of Massachusetts-Worcester
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    University of Wisconsin
    Washington State University College of Nursing
    Wayne State U
    West Chester University

    An additional 17 programs are ready for publication!

    We will get to all of your requests as soon as possible. Please check for updates!

    THANK YOU very much for all of the requests and the REVIEWS!!

    Please keep them coming.

  • May 16

    We have added Georgia Gwinnett College for future publication, Tecumseh. Thank you very much.

    Quote from audreysmagic
    Northern Virginia Community College - Springfield, VA (Medical Campus)

    And, thank you, audreysmagic. We have added and will publish in the future, Northern Virginia CC.