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NUĀ 671 Forensic Nursing: Leadership and Role Responsibilities: 3 semester hours

A forensic nurse provides specialized care for patients who are victims and/or perpetrators of trauma (both intentional and unintentional). However, the specialized role of forensic nurses goes far beyond medical care; forensic nurses also have a specialized knowledge of the legal system and skills in injury identification, evaluation and documentation. In addition to providing immediate medical needs, a forensic nurse often collects evidence, provides medical testimony in court, and consults with legal authorities. This course provides nurses with knowledge, skills, and resources in forensic nursing. Focus will be on leadership development with attention to self-development and role responsibilities in the justice, legal, and health care systems. This class will also include the role of regulatory bodies that influence forensic nursing. Prerequisites: NU500, NU501, NU503, NU504.