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FN 560

Forensic Nursing: Applications

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Course Information

This course is the fourth course in the forensic nursing practice program. This course focuses on applications of the role of the forensic nursing in areas of non-traditional practice. Students will examine the role and practice of the forensic nursing in areas of correctional care and government agencies. The role of the forensic nurse as expert witness in court cases will be explored. Community issues such as crisis and disaster will be discussed as focused on roles of forensic nurses. Students will also study and examine current issues related to policy initiatives, policy involvement, and education and research issues for forensic nursing. Course Code: FN 560. Contact hours of education = 50.

Pre-requisite: You must be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in order to register for this continuing education course and you must have successfully completed the first course, FN 500: Forensic Nursing: Theory & Practice I. and FN 520: Forensic Nursing: Theory & Practice II and FN 540: Forensic Nursing: Theory & Practice III.

This course is particularly designed for registered nurses would like to apply for Certification in Forensic Nursing Practice by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

Instructor/Course Author:  EM V. Garcia, DHEd, DNS, MA, RN, FACLNC

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the Forensic Nursing Practice program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

Reading/Study Assignment: this course covers Chapter Twenty-One through Chapter Twenty-Seven.


Forensic Nursing:  A Handbook for Practice. Rita M. Hammer, Barbara Moynihan, & Elaine M. Pagliaro. Jones & Bartlett Publishing Inc. April 25, 2009. ISBN-10: 076377703X   ISBN-13: 978-0763777036 Paper back edition.


AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on Forensic Nursing. Access AIHCP Store: click here

Instructor: Your instructor for this course is Dr. EM V. Garcia a registered nurse and currently practicing as a nurse executive in California. Dr. Garcia has had extensive training and education in forensic nursing and sexual assault examination from the University of California, Riverside. He is a Certified Specialist in Legal Nurse Consulting and a Fellow in the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting. Access information.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

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* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

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* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1). Describe the role and practice of the forensic nurse in correctional nursing.
2). Discuss factors affecting health care as well as challenges in the correctional setting.
3). Identify various prison populations and cultures in correctional care.
4). Define and discuss culturally competent nursing in correctional care settings.
5). Define and discuss the role of the forensic nurse in expert witness testimony.
6). Identify the role of the forensic nurse expert witness in battering cases.
7). Define and discuss the disaster cycle.
8). Define and discuss the role of the forensic nurse in situations of several types of community and/or national disasters.
9). Discuss the issue of conducting a hazard vulnerability analysis.
10). Understand the role of the media in cases of forensics and disasters.
11). Understand applicable media terminology.
12). Describe components of drills and media training.
13). Discuss management vs leadership.
14). Define and discuss the role of the forensic nurse in a leadership position.
15). Discuss issues related to nurses employed in government.
16). Define and discuss contemporary issues related to policy development in nursing practice.
17). Define how forensic nurses may become involved in policy issues.
18). Understand public policy and identification of common issues.
19). Define and discuss the policy/process cycle.
20). Discuss common issues related to policy and forensic nursing practice.
21). Define issues related to education for forensic nurses.
22). Define and discuss policies and standards for forensic nursing practice.
23). Discuss research initiatives in forensic nursing practice.
24). Identify current issues related to future practice.


An Abstract of Course Content:

Chapter 21:  Correctional Nursing

Advance Practice Correctional Nursing
Growth of Correctional Institutions as Healthcare Settings
Factors Affecting Health Care in Corrections
Major Healthcare Challenges
Prisoner Populations:Culture of Corrections
The Prison Subculture
Culturally Competent Nursing in Correctional Settings
Professional Correctional Nursing Development

Chapter 22:  Expert Witness Testimony and a Domestic Violence Paradigm

Role of the Expert Witness
Expert Witness Testimony in Battering Cases

Chapter 23:  Disaster and Emergency Management

What is a Disaster?
The Disaster Cycle:  Phases of Emergency Management
Disaster Types
Incident Command
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Specialized Response Units of the Federal Government
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
Personal/Family Preparedness Issues

Chapter 24:  Media and Public Relations

Understanding the Media
Monitoring the Media
Plan for a Crisis
Drills and Media Training
Understanding Media Terminology

Chapter 25:  Leadership in Forensic Nursing

The Healthcare Workforce
Work Environment
Management Versus Leadership
Nurses in Government
Policy Institutes
Proactive Leadership and Policy Initiatives

Chapter 26:  What Forensic Nurses Should Know about Public Policy and How to Influence It

What is Public Policy?
When Does a Problem Come to the Attention of the Public?
The Policy Process/Cycle
Who Creates Policy?
Who Influences Policy?
Key Techniques for Influencing Policy
Policy Issues and Forensic Nursing

Chapter 27:  Forensic Nursing Education:  Developments, Theoretical Conceptualizations, and Practical Applications for Curriculum

Systems and Services Where Forensic Nurses Work
How Do I Become A Forensic Nurse?
Educational Levels of Forensic Nursing Courses
Policies and Standards Guiding Forensic Nursing Education
Responsibilities of Forensic Nurse Educators
Methods (Modes) of Course Delivery (Onsite and Online)
Forensic Nursing Curriculum Content
Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies
Research in Online Forensic Nursing Courses
The Future of Forensic Nursing Education

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