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Forensic Nursing

1st Edition

By Kelly M. Pyrek

CRC Press

664 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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Written by an award-winning investigative journalist with more than twenty years of experience, Forensic Nursing takes an objective yet engaging look at a profession that according to the author, "is only for those with a strong stomach, a pure heart, and a quick mind." It presents the personal experiences and perspectives of forensic nurses that work in all areas of forensic and critical care/emergency practice.

The book explores the many medico-legal issues that a forensic nurse will encounter during the course of a career. It details the pertinent medico-legal skill sets that every forensic nurse should acquire. It describes how to effectively yet sensitively approach situations involving sexual assault and interpersonal violence. The text also illustrates how to conduct a successful medico-legal death investigation.

Also of particular interest is information on legal nurse consulting and nursing jurisprudence. The author describes how to prepare for trial and how to maintain professional conduct in the courtroom. She details how to collect DNA evidence and how to deal with the medico-legal issues that may arise from this evidence. Forensic Nursing also serves as a career road map for the beginning forensic nurse, as a motivational tool for the immediate-level nurse, and as a chronicle of past, present, and future challenges and victories for the advanced/seasoned practitioner.

Table of Contents

Table of

Introduction to Forensic Nursing

Who Needs a Forensic Nurse?

Introduction to Forensic Nursing

Clinical Forensic Medicine and "Living Forensics"

The Development of the Forensic Antenna and Cultivation of the

Index of Suspicion

Investigation of Suspicious Injury/Death

Investigating Undiagnosed Trauma

A New Nursing Specialty Emerges

Forensic Nursing as Part of the Nursing Process

The Nursing Process

The Forensic Nursing Scope of Practice

The Scientific Method

Forensic Nursing Science: A Logical Next Step?

The Mandate for Forensic Nursing

The Scope of the Problem: 2002 and 2004 Crime Reports

The Response to Violence by the Joint Commission on the

Accreditation of Healthcare Organization

The Response to Violence by the Public Health Community

Is There a Forensic Nurse in the House?

Forensic Issues in the Clinical Setting

The Emergency Department as the Forensic Portal of Healthcare

Presentation of Specific Forensic Cases in the ED

The Forensic Nursing Response

Sudden, Suspicious, or Unexpected Death in the Healthcare


Healthcare Serial Killers

Quality Improvement and Risk Management

Violence in the Healthcare Environment

Forensic Nurses' Medico-Legal Skill Sets: Observation, Documentation, Photography, and Evidence Collection

The Importance of Medico-Legal Skill Sets

Documentation in the Medical Record

How Healthcare Providers Can Improve Their Documentation


Forensic Photography

Evidence Collection

Sexual Assault

Sexual Violence is a Global Problem

Sexual Assault Hits Closer to Home: The Domestic Problem

Sexual Violence: Definitions, Prevalence, Characteristics

Health-Related Consequences of Sexual Violence

Victims' Utilization of Medical Services

The Healthcare Response to Sexual Violence

The Cost of Sexual Assault

Quality-of-Care Issues

The Medico-legal Examination Environment

Genital Injuries in Sexual Assault Victims

Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

A National Protocol for Handling Sexual Assault Cases

Interpersonal Violence

The Scope of the Problem

Domestic Violence in Urban vs. Rural Settings

The Healthcare System's Response to Interpersonal Violence

Healthcare Providers' Role in Interpersonal Violence Cases

The Mental and Physical Impacts of IPV

Domestic Violence Cases: The Emergency Department Portal

The Scope of Partner Violence

A National Consensus on Domestic Violence

The Family Justice Center Concept

Vulnerable Populations

Violence Against Disabled Individuals

Violence Against Men

Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender


Violence Against Elders

Violence Against Children

Sexual Violence in the Military

Department of Justice Recommendations

Sexual Assault and Abuse in the Military

Looking to the Future

Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military: A Review of the Literature

Sexual Violence on Campus

Forensic Psychiatric Nursing and Corrections Nursing

Balancing the Demands of Care and Custody in an "Invisible"

Nursing Specialty

The United Kingdom Experience

Forensic Psychiatric Nursing: A Review of the Literature

The Care and Feeding of Forensic Psychiatric Nurses

One Nurse's Story

The Human Psyche and the Forensic Psychiatric Nurse

Victimology and Profiling: Is it in a Forensic Nurse's Purview?

Psychiatric Nursing in the Correctional Setting

Nurses and Correctional Officers: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Corrections Nursing

Special Issues: Women in Prison

Special Issues: Sexual Coercion of Women in Prison

Special Issues: Victims of Prison Rape

A Career With Cross-over Appeal: Corrections Nursing and

Medico-legal Death Investigation

Medico-Legal Death Investigation

Making the Transition From the Living to the Dead

Applying a Nurse's Skill Sets to Death Investigation

Understanding the Cause, Manner and Mechanism of Death

Mechanism of Injuries and Wound Identification

Post-Mortem Changes

Crime Scene Investigation

Death Investigation: The Process

Nurses' Contributions to Death Investigation

Medical Examiners and Coroners: Context for the Forensic

Nurse Examiner

Nurses as Coroners

Nurses as Medical Examiners

Nurses as Death Investigators and Law Enforcement Officers

Forensic Nurses and DMORT Duty

Integrating Clinical Practice and Death Investigation

Legal Nurse Consulting and Nursing Jurisprudence

The Legal Nurse Consultant

The Tales of Two LNCs

The Scope of Practice of LNCs

The LNC and the Medical Record

The LNC and Forensic Cases

The Forensic Nurse Goes to Court

Forensic Nurses and Expert Testimony

Preparation for Trial and Professional Conduct in the Courtroom

The Future of Legal Nurse Consulting and Nursing


DNA Evidence and Medico-Legal Issues

DNA Evidence Collection

DNA Evidence Policy Considerations

John Doe Cases

Harnessing the Power of DNA

Addressing the DNA Backlog

Making a Case for DNA

The Justice for All Act of 2004

Debbie's Smith's Story

The Provisions of the Justice for All Act of 2004

The Rest of the Story

The Beleaguered Forensic Laboratory

Forensic Laboratories Partner With Forensic Nurses

Issues of Consent and DNA Evidence

Professional Issues: Forensic Nursing Education and Training

The Current State of Healthcare Education and Training

Forensic Nurses Speak Out on Their Education and Training


Core Competencies and a Core Curriculum for Forensic Nursing

Opportunities for Education and Training

Professional Issues: Forensic Nurses as Entrepreneurs


The Legal Nurse Consultant

The Educator

The Future of Forensic Nursing

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation