What is a forensic nurse?
What is a Forensic Nurse?
They help investigate crimes, they are also trained in medical evidence which is systematically reviewing, appraising and using clinical research to aid in delivery of clinical care. The job is detail oriented, most of their time is spent in hospital emergency rooms, helping find signs of foul play. They also testify in court as an expert medical witness.
What Does the Job Require?
- Degree level: Postgraduate certificate or mater's degree.
- Degree Field: Forensic Nursing
- License and Certification: A state issued license is required, voluntary certifications are available but not required.
- Skills Needed: Compassion, Critical Thinking Skills, emotional stability, speaking skills, patience, attention to detail, organizational skills.
- More Requirements: Strong knowledge of criminal proceedings, law and forensic science.
$69,790 average annual wage as of may 2014 for registered nurses nationally.
Why is a Forensic Nurse Important?
The Forensic Nurse's position of being a qualified medical professional trained to observe, recognize, collect and appropriately document evidence is the foundation for establishing the legal causation and responsibility for traumatic injury.