Introduction into forensic nursing

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I appreciate the introduction into forensic nursing.  Upon reading Dr. J. Johnson’s articles and researching, it has become apparent that the need for forensic nursing education is an imperative part of our role as nurses.  Health care providers’ are at times the first line of defense.  With training, we are able to identify both victims and perpetrators of crime.  We should have the assessment tools and nursing interventions that will interrupt and help prevent the cycle of abuse. Both the Centers for Disease Prevention and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care organization recommend screening for family violence in hospitals and clinics.  In statistics it has shown thus far that since forensic skills have become more widely used among health care professionals, the number of identified cases of abuse has increased.  Health care providers’ are learning to become more aware of abuse and the questions to ask and what to do with the answers.  It appears to be another educational tool we can all use to help others.

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