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County Nurse Coroner

June 26, 2013

Our evening supervisor is leaving our facility because she is going to be our county nurse coroner. Nurse death examiners work for the medical examiner and investigate the circumstances of a death before the body can be released. Nurse coroners can perform death investigations, as well as issue death certificates, a responsibility that differentiates them from nurse death investigators. This nurse is excited to begin her new career. She gets to use nursing in a new light. The nursing process is always the same- assess, diagnose, plan, implement, evaluate. She will just be using these procedures in the after life. She will gain new assessment skills from the head to toe exam. She will not be able to ask questions so will have to rely on what the body can tell her. How interesting is that? I someday think I might be interested in that. I do have a major concern. That is getting shot at with a gun or stabbed with a knife. I feel safe when armed officers are present. Another thing that helps me feel safe is when I wear ballistic armor. The agency that I work for must have and buy Teflon fabric armor.


August 27, 2011

Hi My names Yvonne, and I am just starting out in the Forensic Nursing area. Just wanted to chat with people in the same field.

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How Forensic Nursing Relates to Everday Nursing

February 11, 2010

Identification of trauma (assessment) Investigation (planning) Documentation (history)/pertaining to the incident (intervention) collection of evidence (specimens) postinvestigation review (evaluation) The forensic nurse also provides traditional nursing interventions such as crisis care as they interact with victims, offenders, and their families. These skills may also be extended to various disciplines and colleagues with whom they interact throughout the investigation of trauma and deaths.

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The Symbol of Forensic Nursing

February 11, 2010

As we have discovered through our readings forensic nursing is a combination of many different disciplines involving social science, nursing science, and legal sciences. The symbol in the center of the integrated practice model which reflects the legal, forensic medical, physical, psychosocial, and nursing sciences components, is composed of the scales of justice, the bundle of public service, the caduceus, and the eternal flame of nursing. The flame shows the enlightenment of humanity and perpetuates the challenge in the nursing to continue to evolve and expand into new roles as societal trends demand. The caduceus represents medical science, The scales of justice emphasize the notion that patient care must require consideration of legal as well as human rights. In total the model demonstrates attention to the concepts of person (victim, suspect, offender, human, behavior), health (healthcare, institutions, nursing sciences, individuals, and groups), nursing (nursing science, forensic nursing), and environment (experience, societal impact, and healthcare systems), as well as to internal issues (clarification, expectation, and behavior) and external components (sociology and criminology; social, cultural, and political factors; and education).

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Forensic Nursing Field

August 20, 2009

Forensic nursing is a field that has become of great importance in today’s healthcare. It is an intense and serious field that requires proper training and dedication. Nurses in this field help patients recover from any type of assault neglect or abuse both emotionally and physically. The nurses in this area also may work in crime investigation scenes along with law enforcement or work as detectives in healthcare settings. Thus the role of the forensic nurses is vast and diverse. Nurses must possess great assessment skills and documentation is key. Often times these documents will be reproduced in the court systems, which is why accurate documentation is essential. I am happy to see nursing delve into this area of patient care in a more extreme way than before. Specialty nurses with these cases are needed to assist patients in the most beneficial way.

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Cllinical Forensic Nurse

May 11, 2009

I have been a nurse for twenty plus years and through out those twenty years I have seen alot regarding the evolvement of the nurses role and practice. From team nursing to primary nursing. To the expansion of the nursing role itself with other disciplines. With the continual evolvment of crimal forensics and DNA studies it has opened a window for nusing to be a part of these evolving area. It seems natural for nurses to pull their resourses from all discplines to assist. I have to say it is exciting to see that the nurse’s role is viewed with respect and that other discplines see the value of what nursing can offer to clinical forensics.

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