Forensic nursing, like traditional nursing, is divided into several specialty areas such as the sexual assault nurse examiner, crime scene and death investigator, the correctional nurse, and psychiatric nurse. Nurses who have an interest in the forensic aspects of healthcare provide necessary services for the victims of violence. Furthermore, law enforcement and the legal community are now realizing the positive impact forensic nursing is having on case outcomes. The ability to recognize forensic issues and to preserve, document and collect evidence are essential skills of today's healthcare professional.
*Duration times can vary, talk to your advisor for more information.
Total Units 16 Units
Other licensed medical professionals
Collect forensic evidence
Communicate with the various members of the multidisciplinary forensic team
Provide treatment for triage and emergency intervention for patients who exhibit potential forensic issues
Identify and adhere to basic policies and procedures required for conducting sexual assault examinations
Understand the social and political implications of escalating violence
Comprehend and apply a standardized body of scientific knowledge for death investigation and the forensic evaluation of the deceased, the circumstances, and the environment
Understand the concept, development, function, and collaboration of the multi-disciplinary team
Describe and relate forensic nurse professional practice issues to the nursing process
Understand the ethical practice in forensic nursing and applicable scope and standards of practice, both nationally and internationally
Describe recommended techniques for collecting, preserving, and documenting forensic evidence to meet legal guidelines for admissibility in court proceedings
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet ONE of the following minimum requirements:
Licensed vocational nurse or equivalent
SANE certified nurse
ELECTIVE UNITS: Current SANE certification may be acceptable in lieu of university/college-level credit. A copy of your certification will be required. Please contact the Extension program coordinator for additional details.
UCR Extension is an accredited provider of California Board of Registered Nursing credit.
All courses provide California Board of Registered Nursing continuing education credit.
Registered Nurse continuing education totaling 20 hours or more may be acceptable in lieu of university/college level credit. These hours may be a combination of professional meetings, SANE training and other workshops where continuing education was earned.
Sworn Testimony for the Healthcare SpecialistThe basic purpose of using sworn testimony is to assure that the information provided is truthful and as correct as possible, and presented in a manner that is objective, fair and accurate.