1st Edition

Forensic Nursing A Concise Manual

Edited By Donna M. Garbacz Bader, L. Sue Gabriel Copyright 2010
    462 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    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



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