Forensic Nursing and Legal Rights


While the history of forensic medicine is interesting and provides a good overall view of the duties relegated to that field, the fundamental principles lay the strong foundation for the rights of all peoples, regardless of their role of victim or perpetrator.

The rights, or rather the misuse of rights, of victims has always made headlines. Torture of prisoners in detention facilities or of peoples being held captive point to the breakdown of basic human rights and protections. I see the role of the nurse in forensic nursing to be one of ensuring that the rights of victims and alleged perpetrators are kept intact to the benefit of all, and to the greater whole which is the society in which we live.

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