The Forensic Nurse Examiner

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Testifying in court can be a trying and intimidating experience. Often the forensic nurse is called to testify for the prosecution. The defense, therefore, will try very hard to discredit the nurse and raise questions about credentialing and creditability; even enlarging handwritten documents glaringly pointing out misspelled words and poor penmanship. This should never be taken personally. The nurse has a job to and needs to focus on the case at hand. After all, as nurses, we are used to being maligned by disgruntled surgeons and cardiologist. These are merely attorneys: a different venue, but they can cause us no harm! References Lynch, Virginia A. and Duval, Janet Barber. (2006). Forensic Nursing. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby

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