HEALTH ASSESSMENT

The importance of health assessment is as evident in forensic nursing as any other aspect of nursing. Proper assessment and identification of abuse victims can possibly prevent further abuse to the patient, and could possibly stop the cycle of abuse. Duties of forensic nurses include examination of victims of abuse, assault, violence, trauma, and even death. The nurse may also collect evidence for alcohol or drug testing. She/He must also provide emotional support to both the victim and their family. Victims are often scared or confused and may even deny being abused. The careful assessment and recognition skills of the nurse are vital to this population of vulnerable patients.

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