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1st Edition

Forensic Nursing
A Concise Manual

ISBN 9781420067309
Published October 26, 2009 by CRC Press
461 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The forensic nurse has a powerful role in medical-legal investigations. Going beyond the nurse’s traditional role, forensic nurses are often at the forefront of evidence collection and preservation. They can maintain an evidentiary chain of custody, testify as an expert witness in a court of law, care for victims, assist victims’ families, and work with the community and law enforcement by providing educational programs. Forensic Nursing: A Concise Manual presents practical information directed at the range of activities that forensic nurses perform, offering guidelines for examining and correlating medical, psychological, ethical, and legal data specific to victims.

The First Forensic Nursing Text to Offer a Full Range of Instructor’s Materials

The book begins with an introduction to the fields of forensic nursing and forensic science. It discusses crime scene and death investigation, evidence collection, autopsies, legal issues, and ethics. It examines the nursing process as an organizational tool for identifying both the medical needs of the victim and the legal aspects of crime scene investigation. The authors pinpoint the role of the forensic nurse in an array of incident scenarios, including nursing home death, excited delirium syndrome, blunt and sharp force injuries, gunshot wounds, asphyxia, child abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. They also explore human trafficking and the forensic nurse’s role in mass disasters. Lastly, the book provides emergency room recommendations, discusses profiling and forensic anthropology, and offers guidance on working with grieving family members.

Using a succinct outline format, the text is complemented by illustrative flowcharts and references in each chapter for further study. With contributions by notable forensic specialists, this volume shows the potential of this exciting new field and demonstrates how forensic nurses can make a difference in their communities and their profession.

Table of Contents

Forensic Nursing, D. Garbacz Bader

Forensic Nursing Today, D. Garbacz Bader

Forensic Nursing Education Guidelines

and Qualifications, D. Garbacz Bader

Educational Foundation for Forensic

Nursing Practice, D. Garbacz Bader

Forensic Science, D. Garbacz Bader

Coroners, Medical Examiners,

and Forensic Pathologists, D. Garbacz Bader

Cause, Manner, and Mechanism of Death, D. Garbacz Bader

Crime Scene Investigation, M. I. Okoye

Forensic Nursing Crime Scene Investigation, D. Garbacz Bader

Establishing Time of Death and Injury: Forensic Nursing Practice and Responsibility, D. Garbacz Bader

Chain of Custody and Identification, Collection, and Preservation of Evidence: Major Concepts of Forensic Nursing, D. Garbacz Bader

Significance of an Autopsy, D. Garbacz Bader

The Nursing Process, D. Garbacz Bader

Forensic Nursing and the Law, D. Garbacz Bader

Forensic Nurse as an Expert Witness, D. Garbacz Bader

The Perpetrator: A Victim and a Patient, D. Garbacz Bader

Ethics and Forensic Nursing Practice, D. Garbacz Bader

Psychosocial Aspects of Crime, D. Garbacz Bader

Deaths in Nursing Homes, V. J. M. Di Maio and T. G. Di Maio

Excited Delirium Syndrome (EDS), T. G. Di Maio and V. J. M. Di Maio

Blunt Force Injuries, S. Gabriel

Sharp Force Trauma, S. Gabriel

Gunshot Wounds, S. Gabriel

Asphyxia, S. Gabriel

Child Abuse, S. Gabriel

Sexual Assault, S. Gabriel

Intimate Partner Violence, S. Gabriel

Cyberspace Crimes Against Children, S. Gabriel

Human Trafficking, S. Gabriel

Mass Disasters, S. Gabriel

Additional Violence in Society, S. Gabriel

Emergency Department Dos and Don’ts, S. Gabriel

Bridging the Gap Between the Living and the Nonliving, S. Gabriel

Profiling, G. Plank

From Crime Scene to Morgue: The Field of Forensic Anthropology, E. H. Kimmerle

Appendix: Medicolegal Death Scene Investigation: Guidelines for the Forensic Nurse Death Investigator (FNDI), D. Garbacz Bader


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Donna Garbacz Bader and Sue Gabriel are associate professors at Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing in Lincoln, Nebraska.