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Forensic Nursing: The Harsh Realities in Every Patient Care Setting

Pamela Tabor, DNP-Forensics, AFN-BC
Full Day
Dec 06, 2016
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  • Interventions for a variety of abused/ victimized patient populations
  • Differentiate intentional vs. unintentional injuries
  • Child abuse/neglect: Abusive head trauma, unexplained infant death, SIDS & infanticide
  • The sexual assault patient: Evidence collection & documentation tips
  • Intimate partner violence: Case file construction that is ready for litigation
  • Your malpractice insurance & personal/professional stalking concerns
  • Fascinating case studies & provoking photographs

Increasing violence and litigation are rampant in our society. Every nurse must have a baseline concept of the prevalent types of abuse/maltreatment in order to provide compassionate and comprehensive care, as well as brace themselves for the inevitable exposure to the legal system (civil, criminal, human rights). Forensic nursing is an exploding and exciting sub-specialty of nursing. Many find this not only an interest, but a compelling method of holistic patient care. Acquiring a distinctive skill set based on evidence-based practice allows nurses to make valuable and unique contributions in and beyond the typical practice setting. The content presented in this one-day course will equip you to identify and intervene with abused/victimized patients, learn from valuable assessment tools, review various charting examples and take a close look at a plethora of photos and case studies. Very few nurses were trained in legal matters; therefore, this is a critical knowledge update that addresses current trends in risk management and application to practice in order to mitigate negative outcomes.



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Dr. Pamela D. Tabor, DNP-Forensics, AFN-BC, serves as a consultant and expert witness in the private sector and for the Department of Defense in military trials. She has testified before the legislature on numerous occasions, has consulted at the Pentagon, served as the director for the Arkansas Infant & Child Death Review Program and developed the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Training Program in Arkansas. Pamela holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a forensic focus, is a Board-Certified Advance Forensic Nurse and has an Advance Health Specialty Forensic Science Certification. She is a Certified Law Enforcement Standards and Training Instructor and a Fellow with the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

She served two terms on the board of Directors for the International Association of Forensic Nurses and earned the Distinguished Fellow award. Pamela has published articles in peer-review journals, authored a book chapter in Core Curriculum for Forensic Nursing and is currently working on a chapter about stalking for the Academy of Forensic Nurses.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Pamela Tabor maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Pamela Tabor is a member of the Academy of Forensic Nurses, Medicolegal Death Investigation Committee and the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

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Clinically Relevant Identification of Intentional vs. Unintentional Injuries

  • Purpose of correct injury identification, terminology and charting
  • Blunt and sharp force trauma
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Preserving evidence from trauma patients
  • Documentation examples and assessment/ charting tools

Trending Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Abusive head trauma
  • The five cardinal rules of bruising
  • Unexplained infant deaths, SIDS and infanticide
  • Mechanisms of injury
  • Ophthalmic, dermatological and skeletal findings
  • Intervention and prevention strategies

Advanced Skills to Assess the Sexual Assault Patient

  • Dynamics of sexual assault
  • Case studies: Evidence collection and charting examples
  • Strangulation: Biomechanics, physical signs and symptoms, documentation

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Recognition, Evidence-Based Practices and Case File Construction

  • Populations affected by IPV: Adults, Elders,
  • Teenagers, Pregnant Women
  • Direct and indirect indicators of IPV
  • One of the biggest issues in healthcare: The generational and societal cycle of violence
  • Evidence-based tools for identification
  • Developing a case file that is ready for litigation

Trending Risk Management Issues

  • Malpractice insurance: Help or hindrance
  • Mandated Reporting: Not optional and what you need to understand
  • Healthcare serial killers: Everyone’s responsibility and liability
  • Stalking: Personal and professional

Vicarious Traumatization (VT)

  • Burn out, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Factors associated with developing VT
  • Evidence-based intervention and prevention strategies




  1. Differentiate between intentional and unintentional injuries and the best ways to document your findings.
  2. Examine child abuse and maltreatment issues including abusive head trauma, unexplained infant death, SIDS and infanticide.
  3. Recognize that the healthcare profession has produced more serial killers than any other profession and ways to protect patients, yourself and your institution.
  4. Evaluate the correct (and incorrect) process of evidence collection.
  5. Analyze factors associated with vicarious trauma and strategies to combat this in your own practice setting.
  6. Apply important new ideas and concepts through unforgettable case studies.
  7. Select an evidence-based intimate partner abuse screening tool that has application for your area of practice.

Target Audience

Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals



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