CE1015 | Contact Hours: 2
The purpose of this course is to educate health care professionals about forensic evidence. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Define forensic evidence and other important terms.
2. Demonstrate appropriate techniques for completing a sexual assault kit.
3. Demonstrate proper collection and preservation of evidence.
4. Describe proper history-taking and documentation of forensic evidence.
5. Identify the role of nurses in forensics and the challenges they face.
Rachel Botkin, PT, MPT
CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
All learners must complete the entire activity and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours.
APPROVAL STATEMENT (ACCREDITATION INFORMATION)
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91).
In addition to states that accept American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) courses, CE Leaders is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, and a registered provider with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Georgia Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board of Nursing and West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses (Provider # 50-33450).
RELEVANT FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP
No one with the ability to control content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company.
Emergency Room (ER) nurses often care for victims of intentional harm and criminal neglect. These include patients who have been shot, stabbed, physically abused and sexually assaulted or abused. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services Division, there were 1,203,808 violent crimes that occurred in the United States in 2019. This includes 16,425 murders, 238,028 rapes, 267,988 robberies and 821,182 aggravated assaults (4). When nursing intersects with the law, it is considered forensic nursing and the patient is considered a forensic patient. ER nurses are frequently the first to interact with assault victims so it’s important for ER nurses to be able to quickly recognize forensic patients.
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