Posts Tagged ‘Forensic Nursing Employment’

Healthcare Informatics Employment, comment

March 26, 2012

RE: Healthcare Informatics Employment, comment

Thank you for pointing out the variations in employment search terms. My search results are listed below.

forensic nursing help wanted

forensic nursing jobs

forensic nursing openings

forensic nursing opportunities

forensic nursing employment

forensic nursing occupations

My brain is very surprised at the results. For many years “Help Wanted” signs could be seen on doors and windows of businesses. Perhaps there are differences between Internet, newspaper, and physical sign terms. “Occupations” appear to be a general term about open positions and general descriptions. “Employment” should lead toward the specifics of open positions.

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States for Forensic Nursing Employment

August 30, 2011

Does anyone have data on the states that accept and do not accept forensic nurses? I want to consider all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Thank you for any employment information shared.

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Introduction into forensic nursing

January 22, 2009
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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Types of Legal Nurse Consulting Cases

December 4, 2008

There are several types of LNC cases available. These include: a. Nursing and medical malpractice b. Personal injury (e.g. motor vehicle crashes, falls) c. Worker’s compensation/work related injuries d. Product liability (drug and equipment) e. Environmental hazards/toxic exposure, drug or food tampering f. Probate, guardianship, child custody g. Healthcare/insurance fraud h. Americans with Disabilities Act i. Federal civil rights j. Criminal law References Lynch, Virginia A. and Duval, Janet Barber. (2006). Forensic Nursing. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby

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TB in the workplace

November 6, 2008

Ever since the HIV epidemic in the 1980’s the incidence of Tuberculosis has been increasing steadily the past 2 decades. It was almost considered to be eradicated in the united states, and I don’t think I have to explain why working in a correctional setting as a nurse makes me feel a little uncomfortable with this disease becoming more prevalent. Poor hygiene and the crowded conditions of course contribute to the growing numbers of active cases. But I don’t think I can blame the governments or jail administrators for this risk factor. The system is just overwhelmed. There is less money in the budget, more people getting arrested than ever before, and an increasing strain on the healthcare system. What does make me mad is that there are risk factors that can be managed much better and officials continue to ignore them.
There is a jail standard that inmates MUST be screened with a history and physical with a PPD test, and assessment of TB risk factors. That’s all good, except that the standard says that it does not have to be done until the inmate has been incarcerated for 14 days! 2 weeks is plenty long enough for an individual with an active case to be sitting in an open housing, general population cell to cause a small epidemic. As a nurse manager I try to use professional relations with the correction officials to understand that even though it looks like it costs more to staff a few more nurses to get this type of screening done sooner, in the long run their potential costs for medical expenses, and possible law suits could be far outweigh the initial costs. Their side of the story is based on the statistic that most inmates that are arrested have an average stay of 10 days. This is true for many smaller facilities. But there is another statistic that says if you are arrested once you are usually arrested many times in your whole lifetime. I try to relate that to them, the possibility of an infected person spreading TB around for a few days, then leaving and coming back a few months later and doing the same thing. If we can document his infection one time and start treatment, then the next time he comes in at least there will be a record (hopefully computerized) that alarms medical staff for the need to isolate, continue treatment, or whatever is necessary before the patient has a chance to keep spreading TB around in a setting that is basically one big Petri-dish.

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Development of Forensic Teaching

October 28, 2008

I would like to see the development of forensic courses locally. There is one coming to Syracuse, this month, for the first time. I am anxious to see what the turn-out will be like. Unfortunately, the ED MDs that I have worked with, do not adhere to the preservation of evidence. Many do not even want to play into suspecting as some injuries as possible forensic cases. Oh well, maybe I’ll learn something very useful, or else I’ll just become a bigger thorn in their side. Rock on, patient advocacy!


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Forensic Nursing – Real Life

October 15, 2008

Having worked in the ED for many years, I have had the opportunity to witness the inhumanity of acts of random violence to our fellow neighbors. Some of it is abhorrent, some I will never forget. I left the ED for 7 years and went into Case Mgmt because of it, but the lure of clinical nursing was too much to resist. I see forensic nursing as a great learning opportunity. I can see where we may have “messed up” on some potential cases. For example, I have personally taken care of many date-rape victims, truly suspecting Rohypnol as the culprit just by the way these poor girls were acting. Back then, of course, we automatically called the police agencies and advocacy groups in right away because HIPPA was not an issue. Now however, I need to learn the fine lines of not only HIPPA, but also how to truly preserve the evidence and advocate for the patient.


Just What Is A Forensic Nurse?

October 15, 2008

Since beginning my studies in Forensic Nursing, I have been amazed by the questions repeatedly asked by my fellow ER colleagues, family, and friends: “A Forensic Nurse? Where are you going to get a job dealing with dead people? Do you watch CSI and Forensic Files?” That’s when I eagerly engage them in an educational monologue on what they all know has been a true passion of mine for years. They seem somewhat perplexed to learn that in Forensic Nursing, the focus is on the living patient. Most think that the term “forensic” solely applies to crime scenes and death. I explain that the concept of forensic nursing encompasses so much more. It’s ultimate nursing with a legal edge. Proper assessment, investigation, documentation, evidence collection, and intervention for patients with suspected violence, abuse, neglect, or liability-related issues are the key elements in achieving successful clinical forensic practice. With each chapter I study, my role as a health-care provider, patient advocate, and future forensic nurse becomes more clearly defined. It also helps me delineate fact from fiction for my “not-so-forensically-inclined” audience!


Occupational Health Nurse

October 8, 2008

The role of the Occupational Health Nurse is key in any working environment. Why is this so important? In order to provide a safe environment for our staff and in the case of a medical facility, our patients. I believe it is important for a qualified Nurse to be trained in the role of Occupational Health. I am speaking from first hand experience as a year ago I was asked to take on the role of safety officer for our clinic. Although not in the same capacity of an Occupational health nurse I was fortunate enough to be sent on some training courses in order to facilitate the role, much of the same dynamics were applied. I learned valuable information to assess workplace hazards and to identify potential problems. I think it is important to have specifically trained staff i.e. the forensic nurse to be able to thoroughly investigate environmental issues when they occur.


New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2007

I own a private Forensic Nursing consulting firm. We will try something new in 2008. We will expand our services to include digital age progression. Several of our Forensic Nurses will take the course in Digital Age Progressions Photography, which is a part of the Online Forensic Anthropology course.

I have a goal for 2008. It is to get a research job. The job I want involves a lot of nursing physiology. I will take an online Nursing Physiology class. I see that you call it Advanced Physiological Nursing. Once I finish this class, the hospital said I will be the ideal candidate for the job. This will allow me to make a difference in the world with research to help people avoid diseases and to help in finding cures. One of the side benefits will be a large increase in my salary. I will be better able to help my children in college. I will not have to work as many hours as I do now. My husband, my children and I can spend more time together. I better stop here (smile). But these are some of my goals for 2008.

I want to finish my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree). I realize that it will take me more than one year to do so. Floor duty keeps me busy more than 40 hours each week. I will take it one step at a time. I already have my ASN (Associate of Science in Nursing Degree). My goal in 2008 is to start with one class and do well in it.

My New Year’s resolution is to finish my Forensic Nursing education and then start my MSN (Master of Science in Nursing).

Our police department will win the 2008 award for outstanding achievement. One way we intend to do this is by utilizing Forensic Nurses, utilizing your Forensic Anthropology course (especially your lessons and services in Digital Age Progression Photography), and utilizing your Human Osteology course. Thank you for allowing others to make suggestions and ask questions. And thank you for your suggestions.

My New Year’s resolution is to become a better Forensic Nurse in using my Nursing Health Assessment skills. I am rusty with these skills since I graduated from nursing school years ago. With my new career in Forensic Nursing, I will do better.

For 2008, my resolution is have all of my Forensic Nurses to become Professional Speakers. We do private Forensic Nursing consultations across the USA. I can achieve my resolution by having my Forensic Nurses enroll in your Professional Speaking class.

I am going to find a way for our Forensic Nursing team to reduce our paper work. I am thinking if I took one or more modules in your Health Care Informatics program, this will give me the foundation set up a computer-electronic Forensic Nursing department.

We want to reduce the drug abuse problem in our state. We will do this by having key nursing personnel enroll in your Nursing Pharmacology course and Forensic Nursing program. We may also consider your Health Promotion and Disease Prevention course.

My goal for 2008 is to obtain a triple certificate (Health Care Informatics and Public Health Nursing and Forensic Nursing).

We all at the _____ Children’s Hospital want to do a better job in providing care for our pediatric clients. We will require many of our nurses to take a continuing education course in Pediatric Nursing. We like the fact that you work with employers and students. We also like your flexible schedule in offering your course during every month during 2008.

The New Year’s resolution for 2008 is to stop many preventable crimes in _____, _____ (city, state). Please help us achieve this with your Patient Education and Counseling course, your Health Promotion and Disease Prevention course, and your Forensic Nursing program.

In 2008, I want to pass the NCLEX, and then become a Forensic Nurse. I will achieve this by taking your Online Instructor-Led NCLEX-RN(r) Review Course.

Original Post:
Saturday, December 29, 2007
My New Year’s Resolution is to take your Forensic Nursing program, get an “A,” and become a Forensic Nurse. I will finish your 14-month program in 12 months.


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