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FN 520

Forensic Nursing: Theory & Practice II

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This course is the second course in the forensic nursing practice program. Students will continue their studies in forensic practice and will study major topics related to the role of the forensic registered nurse. Topics to be covered include theories of vulnerable populations to crime, sexual offenders, domestic abuses, child/adolescent sexual abuse, youth violence, cases of arson and post-traumatic stress disorders. Study will focus on current theoretical information and data as well as assessment and intervention strategies in working with such defined cases. Students will also expand their awareness and appreciation of the multifaceted role of the registered nurse in forensic practice today. Course Code: FN 520. 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.

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 Chapters Eight (8) through Chapter Fourteen (14) in the required text book.


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.

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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. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 50 Contact Hours.

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 50 contact hours of CE:

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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* 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 successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define vulnerable populations.
  • Describe the characteristics of vulnerable populations.
  • Expand forensic nursing practice interventions to address the patient and evolving deficits in the healthcare response to vulnerable populations.
  • Utilize appropriate theoretical foundations specific to the unique needs of at-risk vulnerable populations.
  • Define sexual abuse and informed consent
  • Explore the issues concerning the theories of sexual offender behaviors.
  • Recognize the importance of hospital-based domestic violence programs.
  • Identify screening tools for domestic violence.
  • Identify injuries and wounds related to domestic violence.
  • Documentation and photography of evidence related to domestic violence.
  • Recognize the epidemiology of child, adolescent, and adult sexual abuse.
  • Illustrate knowledge of forensic evidence collection.
  • Describe sexual abuse physical evaluation.
  • Describe the judicial proceedings concerning sexual abuse cases.
  • Discriminate the findings on youth exposure to violence, terrorism, and sudden traumatic death.
  • Identify effective ways on how to speak with preteen and teenaged youth.
  • Determine forensic interventions and preventions.
  • Distinguish the behaviors of the arsonist.
  • Identify the subtypes and interventional strategies for arson cases.
  • Define trauma and PTSD.
  • Discuss risk and resiliency to PTSD.
  • Identify the effects of single incident trauma versus chronic trauma.
  • Review treatment and intervention with traumatized patients.

Course content

Chapter 8
Vulnerable Populations
Predisposing factors to vulnerability
Vulnerable populations

Chapter 9
Sexual Offenders:  Who Are They and Why Do They Commit Sexual Abuse?
What is sexual abuse?
Theories of sexual offending behaviors
Toward theory integration
Sexual offense typologies
Etiological considerations for adult sexual offenders
Adult sexual offenders

Chapter 10
Forensic Implications of Intimate Partner Violence
Development of hospital-based domestic violence programs
Screening tools for domestic violence
Intimate partner violence-related homicide
Wound and injuries identification
Photographic documentation as it relates to intimate partner violence

Chapter 11
Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse
Manifestations of sexual abuse
Psychodynamics of sexual abuse
Multidisciplinary issues
Physical evaluation
Testing for sexually transmitted infections
Forensic evidence collection
Treatment considerations
Judicial proceedings

Chapter 12
Youth Exposure to Violence, Terrorism, and Sudden Traumatic Death
Youth and traumatic exposure
Scope of the problem
Exposure to violence
Implication of youth exposure to violence
Impact of youth exposure to violence
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Chaotic aftermath
Forensic nursing interventions
Talking with preteen youth
Talking with teenaged youth

Chapter 13
Understanding Arson:  Subtypes and Intervention Strategies
Behavior of the Arsonist
Fire setter Demographics
The National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Study
The Center for Arson Research Study
The Need for Nursing Research

Chapter 14
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
An Overview of Theory, Treatment, and Forensic Practice
Defining trauma
Psychological theories of PTSD
Biological models of PTSD
Vulnerability and resilience to PTSD
PTSD from single incidents versus chronic stress
Psychiatric co morbidity and PTSD
Treatment modalities for PTSD
The care and assessment of patients with PTSD in the forensic setting
Professional practice considerations

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