History of Forensic Nursing


I was surfing the web and came upon an article entitled “ Forensic Nursing Investigating the Career potential in this emerging Graduate Specialty “. An interest fact that I had not know was that Forensic Nurses came about in the 18th century with their role being to testify in court regarding issues such as pregnancy, rape and virginity.

Today the role of Forensic Nursing has grown to include such specialties as Toxicology, Forensic chemistry, cause of death investigation, and in the role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examination.

It is believed that a Forensic Nurse’s greatest skills are those of observation, documentation, and evidence preservation.


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