At any point where the delivery of patient care and the medico-legal system intersect, forensic nurses have an integral area of practice. Historically, a gap has existed between the office of the medical examiner, the police department, and the hospital emergency room or hospitalized patient. Forensic nursing can bridge that gap. Forensic professionals help avoid the mishandling or omission of forensic evidence and perform critical functions in the recognition and correct collection of forensic evidence in all cases of violence, especially complex criminal cases.
Is there a need for forensic healthcare professionals?
According to the World Health Organization, each year nearly 2 million lives are lost around the world because of violence. Often, healthcare providers are the first to come into contact with a person who is a victim of violence, trauma, or injury.
Comprehensive forensic healthcare education offers professionals the tools and knowledge to make a difference in their practice, promote collaborative community responses to violence, and design strategies for violence prevention.
What programs does UCCS offer for Forensic Nursing education?
Forensic Nursing Certificate The Forensic Nursing Certificate focuses on meeting the needs of victims of violent crime. The program applies clinical and scientific knowledge to the delivery of care for survivors of traumatic injury, victims of violence or death investigations. UCCS offers two options for this certificate program:
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) As a non-academic credit option, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a professional registered nurse who has received specialized forensic education in order to provide comprehensive care to adult, adolescent and child victims of sexual assault. A SANE demonstrates clinical competence in the collection of forensic evidence from both victims of violence as well as perpetrators and has the ability to provide expert testimony in a court of law. SANEs work collaboratively with law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and community agencies.
Advanced Forensic Nurse Examiner (AFNE) The Advanced Forensic Nurse Examiner (AFNE) course expands on the education and experience of practicing SANEs. The course covers additional healthcare issues that involve a forensic exam, including intimate partner/domestic violence, strangulation, child maltreatment, elder abuse, and human trafficking. AFNE is typically offered once a year in the Fall Semester at UCCS.
Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) In many cases of sexual assault, drugs or alcohol are involved. Appropriate management of drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) requires additional forensic evaluation. To learn more about how drugs are used to facilitate sexual assault and how healthcare professionals should care for patients suspected to be victims of a drug-facilitated sexual assault, view our free, online, recorded Webinar at any time.