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Forensic Evidence Collection

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 9047 reviews

Course Summary

Sexual assault, intimate partner violence and elder abuse in the United States are very common. Specially trained forensic nurses are often the first-response of medical care and crisis intervention for vulnerable victims of sexual assault and physical abuse. Increasingly, state jurisdictions are requiring nurses in a variety of health care settings to be specifically trained to provide health care to victims of sexual assault. These specially trained nurses also liaise with other medical and law enforcement professionals to ensure that appropriate documentation and forensic evidence is collected to improve outcomes for the victim and to help with legal requirements to prosecute offenders. The development of forensic nursing, with a specific case focus on Texas law as pertains to forensic nursing in sexual assault cases, found in the Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services Act, Texas Government Code, is discussed.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Forensic Nursing Overview
  • Case Of The State Of Texas
  • Epidemiology Of Sexual Assault - Intimate Partner Violence And Elder Abuse
  • History Taking For Sexual Assault
  • Physical Examination
  • Forensic Evaluation
  • Chain Of Custody
  • Toxicology Evidence
  • Sexual Assault And Pregnancy - Infectious And Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Intimate Partner Violence And Elder Abuse
  • Needs Of The Victim
  • Summary


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