Forensic Nursing: A Concise Manual

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Donna M. Garbacz Bader, L. Sue Gabriel
CRC Press, Oct 26, 2009 - Law - 461 pages
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The forensic nurse has a powerful role in medical-legal investigations. Going beyond the nurse’s traditional role, forensic nurses are often at the forefront of evidence collection and preservation. They can maintain an evidentiary chain of custody, testify as an expert witness in a court of law, care for victims, assist victims’ families, and work with the community and law enforcement by providing educational programs. Forensic Nursing: A Concise Manual presents practical information directed at the range of activities that forensic nurses perform, offering guidelines for examining and correlating medical, psychological, ethical, and legal data specific to victims.

The First Forensic Nursing Text to Offer a Full Range of Instructor’s Materials

The book begins with an introduction to the fields of forensic nursing and forensic science. It discusses crime scene and death investigation, evidence collection, autopsies, legal issues, and ethics. It examines the nursing process as an organizational tool for identifying both the medical needs of the victim and the legal aspects of crime scene investigation. The authors pinpoint the role of the forensic nurse in an array of incident scenarios, including nursing home death, excited delirium syndrome, blunt and sharp force injuries, gunshot wounds, asphyxia, child abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. They also explore human trafficking and the forensic nurse’s role in mass disasters. Lastly, the book provides emergency room recommendations, discusses profiling and forensic anthropology, and offers guidance on working with grieving family members.

Using a succinct outline format, the text is complemented by illustrative flowcharts and references in each chapter for further study. With contributions by notable forensic specialists, this volume shows the potential of this exciting new field and demonstrates how forensic nurses can make a difference in their communities and their profession.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Forensic Nursing
1
Chapter 2 Forensic Nursing Today
11
Chapter 3 Forensic Nursing Education Guidelines and Qualifications
17
Chapter 4 Educational Foundation for Forensic Nursing Practice
27
Chapter 5 Forensic Science
35
Chapter 6 Coroners Medical Examiners and Forensic Pathologists
43
Chapter 7 Cause Manner and Mechanism of Death
49
Chapter 8 Crime Scene Investigation
55
Chapter 21 Blunt Force Injuries
213
Chapter 22 Sharp Force Trauma
223
Chapter 23 Gunshot Wounds
229
Chapter 24 Asphyxia
235
Chapter 25 Child Abuse
241
Chapter 26 Sexual Assault
253
Chapter 27 Intimate Partner Violence
269
Chapter 28 Cyberspace Crimes against Children
293

Chapter 9 Forensic Nursing Crime Scene Investigation
69
Forensic Nursing Practice and Responsibility
87
Major Concepts of Forensic Nursing
95
Chapter 12 Significance of an Autopsy
111
Chapter 13 The Nursing Process
119
Chapter 14 Forensic Nursing and the Law
129
Chapter 15 Forensic Nurse as an Expert Witness
145
A Victim and a Patient
153
Chapter 17 Ethics and Forensic Nursing Practice
165
Chapter 18 Psychosocial Aspects of Crime
171
Chapter 19 Deaths in Nursing Homes
185
Chapter 20 Excited Delirium Syndrome EDS
197
Chapter 29 Human Trafficking
303
Chapter 30 Mass Disasters
311
Chapter 31 Additional Violence in Society
323
Chapter 32 Emergency Department Dos and Donts
337
Chapter 33 Bridging the Gap between the Living and the Nonliving
345
Chapter 34 Profiling
349
The Field of Forensic Anthropology
363
Medicolegal Death Scene Investigation
393
Index
423
Back cover
443
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Donna Garbacz Bader and Sue Gabriel are associate professors at Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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