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Digital Seminar

2-Day Forensic Nursing: Caring for Victims of Trauma, Violence & Intentional Injuries

Pamela Tabor, DNP-Forensics, AFN-BC |  Lauren Wegener, BSN, RN, Forensic MSN-Student
Approx. 12 Hours
May 18, 2022
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Forensic nursing has become the fastest growing specialty within nursing.

Dr. Pamela D. Tabor, DNP-Forensics, AFN-BC and Lauren Wegener, BSN, RN, Forensic MSN-student, are the highly qualified experts selected for this intensive training. They know all too well that across various nursing roles, specialties and settings you are seeing victims of trauma, violence, intentional/unintentional injuries, and death.

Advance your practice as you synthesize crimes involving patients, including forensic case studies and photographs. This practice changing event will provide resources and tools to learn from: evidence collection kits, body maps/diagrams, bite mark rulers, alternative light sources and a shaken infant model to demonstrate traumatic injuries.

Explore fascinating charting examples that delve into very difficult clinical scenarios: drug facilitated sexual assault, strangulation, intimate partner violence, human trafficking and infant death investigation.

Our patients require and deserve compassionate, devoted, and well-trained forensic nurses to avoid re-victimization - and to begin the healing process. Imagine if you had that superpower!


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Lauren Wegener, BSN, RN, Forensic MSN-student, is a forensic nurse examiner. Her current role includes performing case reviews, precepting new sexual assault nurses and practicing through telemedicine. Her expertise has been sought for trial work consultation/expert testimony and serves as a preceptor for regional and statewide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) throughout Arkansas.

She is didactically trained through the International Association of Forensics Nurses approved program to provide acute and non-acute for the adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims of sexual assault and abuse.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lauren Wegener has employment relationships with UAMS and Child Safety Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Lauren Wegener has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lauren Wegener is a member of the American Nurses Association.

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  1. Analyze case studies to identify and interrupt healthcare serial killers.
  2. Develop a critical plan for the medicolegal professional to testify as an expert witness.
  3. Evaluate how to thoroughly address infanticide, abusive head trauma and sudden unexplained infant death investigation.
  4. Create a stalking case through patient interview and utilization of SHARP.
  5. Differentiate clinical relevance between intentional and unintentional injuries.
  6. Apply evidence-based strategies to assess intimate partner violence and case file construction.
  7. Determine how to assess and document child maltreatment with body maps.
  8. Appraise elder abuse patterns and necessary steps to work with an ombudsman.
  9. Design an evidence-based sexual assault program, including supported tools and forms.
  10. Construct a human trafficking case to collaborate with local police and the FBI.
  11. Develop nurse coroner skills to perform death investigations using evidence-based documentation and photography.
  12. Construct an assessment and treatment plan for victims of strangulation.
  13. Apply forensic photodocumentation approaches to prove and preserve critical patient findings.


Clinically Relevant Identification of Intentional vs Unintentional Injuries

  • Intentional injuries
  • Unintentional injures
  • Blunt and sharp force trauma and gunshot wounds
  • Diagrams, photos, and documentation

Investigating Infant Deaths

  • Five cardinal rules of bruising
  • Abusive head trauma
  • Differentiate between types of sudden unexplained infant death
  • Case study demonstration: Using an infant death investigation kit

Child Maltreatment: The Death of Innocence

  • Mechanisms of trauma
  • Neglect and the difficulty of substantiating
  • Identification and documentation
  • Photos and case study

Sexual Assault: Comprehensive Assessment and Evidence Collection

  • Obtaining history
  • Forensic exam demonstration with chart examples
  • Evidence collection process
  • Demonstration of alternative light source, collection techniques, sexual assault collection kit, and body maps

Stalking: Lethal Hide and Seek

  • Categories of stalking and case study
  • Stalker typologies
  • Stalking, intimate partner violence and femicide
  • Stalking of healthcare workers
  • Interactive use of the Stalking and Harassment Assessment Risk Profile (SHARP) Tool

Strangulation: Snuffing Out Lights and Lives

  • Types of strangulation
  • Symptoms and health consequences of strangulation
  • Case study with photos

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Love Turned Violent

  • Direct and indirect indicators of IPV
  • Behaviors of abusers
  • Walker’s Cycle of Violence
  • Demonstration of IPV screening tools

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

  • Scope of human trafficking
  • Types of human trafficking with case examples
  • Human trafficking vs. human smuggling
  • Actus Reus requirements

Forensic Mental Health Nurse (FMHN): Therapeutic Alliance

  • Consulting with defense, prosecution, and law enforcement
  • Suicide and case study
  • Critical stress debriefing

Elder Abuse: Caring for Those Who Cared for Us

  • Vulnerability
  • Seven categories of elder abuse
  • Resources for investigation
  • Case study with photos

Medicolegal Death Investigation: Be an Investigator or Nurse Coroner

  • Manners and causes of death
  • Signs of impending death
  • Postmortem changes and decomposition
  • Case study with photos

Testifying as an Expert Witness or Serving as a Consultant

  • Factors in the judicial process
  • Testifying for the defense or prosecution
  • Mock trial and techniques for testifying
  • Building a consulting practice

Healthcare Serial Killers (HSK): Killers Instead of Healers

  • Case studies
  • HSK behaviors, methods, and motivations
  • Victimology
  • Strategic positioning for the forensic nurse in interventions, identification, and investigations

Correctional Forensic Nursing: Behind the Bars

  • Correctional settings
  • Role and practice issues
  • Geriatric and female offenders

Vicarious Trauma (VT): Fortifying Forensic Nurses

  • Case study utilizing a personal story of VT
  • Terminology associated with VT
  • Symptoms and progression of VT

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Educators
  • Risk Managers
  • Legal Nurse Consultants


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