Anyone have a Master's in Forensics?

  1. Hi everyone! I am new here, so I hope I am doing this right. I too, have been very interested in Forensic Nursing, in fact, I have applications out to Fitchburg State College, and Beth-EL College of nursing in Co. Springs. Will a Masters Degree help your chances of finding a job? Also, does anyone know if the FBI needs nurses? Would having a Masters in Forensics help with applying to the FBI? I am currently a critical care nurse, looking for a change. Thanks for listening, and I hope to hear back from everyone! Take care.
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    Joined: Dec '01; Posts: 4
    I am a Critical Care nurse, and I also work one day a week on a med/surg floor, and I do Pediatric Home care every once in a while.


  3. by   4n6msn2b
    hi CARP,

    I am working on a MSN with a concentration in Forensics at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. At this time there is not a certification for Forensics. This is one of the goals of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) the website (if you are not aware) is
    Since this is a very new field to nursing we are pretty much creating our own jobs!! as far as the FBI goes i would say the same thing. I think that alot of this would depend on what part of forensics you were interested in. Profiling, Forensic Psychiatry/Counseling, or even criminology. Xavier is also working on a dual masters with Criminology... so really the sky is the limit...just know what you want and the go for it!!! OUR motto: Alive or dead we'll be there!!
  4. by   CARP
    Hi 4n6!
    Thanks for your reply. I am really hoping I get accepted somewhere for Forensics. This may sound corny, but I really like the author Patrician Cornwell, and ever since I started reading her books, I wished that there was an area of nursing that had to do with solving crimes. I discovered Forensics last year, and thought I would pursue it. I am a little scared, since it is so new, if I will be able to find a job. How much longer do you have in school?
    I am really burnt out with Critical Care at this point, and I am pretty sure Forensics is an area of interest to me. Do you know any Forensic nurses working right now?
    Take care, and Happy studying and Nursing!

  5. by   kennedyj
    I graduated from Beth-El in colorado. I took one of the classes as an elective. it was great. most are if I remember well are 4 days long each and all day long. You have to turn in a paper after the course. The main Instructor Virginia Lynch is amazing. She lectures all over the country and has established a great program. If you already have a masters you can take the 15 sem hrs and get a masters certificate or also a BSN certificate (the classes are the same) if you dont want to take all the grad junk courses.

    good luck,
  6. by   jonesc

    The School of Nursing at Duquesne University announces the Master of Science in Nursing with a Forensic Nursing specialization. Students will be accepted into the program beginning in the Summer term of 2002. This program prepares graduates to practice in multiple areas of Forensics - sexual assault nurse, nurse coroner, nurse investigator, forensic psychiatric nurse, forensic correctional/institutional nurse, clinical nurse specialist, legal nurse consultant or expert witness, among others.

    The program originated out of a collaborative effort with the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and the Law based in the Law School at Duquesne University.