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Hello, I am a BSN student and needing to write a paper on a speciality area of nursing. One area that I am interested in is forensics. I just have 6 questions to ask. If anyone could respond that would be wonderful, the more the marrier too.

1.What was required (extra training beyond the nursing degree) for this position? Did you find it helpul?

2. What do you find most rewarding in your work?

3. What is the most challenging?

4. Describe a typical day? What activities are you involved with?

5. What particular skills are important for your position?

6. Which leadership theory do you relate as a nursing leader and why did you select it?

Thank you so much for your help :) Have a wonderful day.

Melissa

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

1. What was required (extra training beyond the nursing degree) for this position? Did you find it helpful?

I took a 40-hour class for sexual assault medical-forensic examiners at my hospital, followed by clinical experience. Yes, it was very helpful!

2. What do you find most rewarding in your work?

Helping a patient cope with traumatic experiences by providing medical care and follow-up resources

3. What is the most challenging?

Taking too many call hours

4. Describe a typical day? What activities are you involved with?

The SANE nurses in my facility are also ER nurses, for the most part. We work regular ER shifts and respond to cases as required.

5. What particular skills are important for your position?

Being detail oriented and organized - this provides a rapid but accurate evidence collection for our patients

6. Which leadership theory do you relate as a nursing leader and why did you select it?

Benner and her theories on the stages of clinical competence, because they are so real-world. I have always thought it was interesting that you can take an "expert" nurse out of his or her element/comfort zone/specialty, and he or she goes right back to feeling like a novice all over again.

1.What was required (extra training beyond the nursing degree) for this position? Did you find it helpful?

A one week class, followed by short orientations at the crime lab, rape crisis, Child protective services, law enforcement and the States Atty. It was very helpful to see the different aspects of this process and know the other agencies that a victim will potentially have to interact with. It was also helpful to get a better understanding of the laws regarding sexual assault.

2. What do you find most rewarding in your work?

Working one on one with a patient and feeling like I make a difference. Even when I am called in for cases that are not reported to law enforcement I feel like I am providing a service to patient that can impact the way they recover from a trauma.

3. What is the most challenging?

No two cases are the same. Its a lot to learn, and I always worry that something I do, say, or document could negatively impact a victims case.

4. Describe a typical day? What activities are you involved with?

A typical day is just being on call, and planning my day around it! When I am called in for a case it can take a lot of time to determine if a patient clearly understands his/her options, and regardless if DNA is collected, making sure a patient is ok, and knows how to get follow up care. The exam itself, that's the easy part.

5. What particular skills are important for your position?

Compassion, being able to listen, and detailed assessment and documentation. Also the ability to advocate and ask for help or clarification when things get dicey.