FORENSIC EVIDENCE COLLECTION IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
This course is designed to meet the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners' requirement (Sec. 301.306) for a minimum of a 2-contact hour continuing education course on the subject: Forensic Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department. Content will include types of evidence, methods of documentation and procedures for collection. Chain of custody and other basic legal requirements for handling and safeguarding of evidentiary items will be considered.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Janet Barber Duval holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and a Master's Degree in Nursing/Education from Indiana University. Her areas of clinical expertise include emergency, trauma, and critical care. Involvement in forensic nursing spans two decades, encompassing education, practice and consultation.
Barber Duval is a charter member of the International Association of Forensic Nursing and has been awarded the title of Distinguished Fellow. She is a Fellow within the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and holds memberships in several professional nursing and military-affiliated associations. In 2001, Barber Duval retired from the United States Air Force Nurse Corps with the rank of Colonel, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing.
Involved in forensic nursing from its earliest roots in the United States, she has developed and implemented forensic courses at the University of Texas (Austin), University of New Mexico, Indiana University, University of California (Riverside), the United States Air Force and within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Internationally, Barber Duval is associated with the faculty for forensic sciences in Bari, Italy, at the Institute of Legal Medicine.
Contributions to the nursing literature include numerous textbooks and articles in peer-reviewed journals, newsletters and other publications. She is the former Editor for the Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN) and has edited Critical Care Nursing Quarterly (CCNQ) for three decades. Barber Duval edited the textbook, Forensic Nursing for Virginia A. Lynch that was released in 2005.
List types of forensic evidence commonly encountered in the Emergency Department.
Document evidentiary items by precise written descriptions, use of body diagrams and photographic techniques.
Describe the role of the nurse in maintaining chain of custody for forensic evidence
Follow basic clinical procedures essential for preservation and collection of various types of physical evidence, including biological specimens.
WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE
Nurses and other clinical personnel who desire introductory information about forensic evidence recognition and basic collection procedures applicable to the Emergency Department setting will benefit. Although the course has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, its content will be useful to all clinical personnel.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
2-Continuing Education Hours
This course is self-paced; however, all course requirements must be completed within 6 months of enrollment.
This online course is presented in a downloadable PDF format and may include media files, (student may be required to download free corresponding media players.) Course content format may also include assignments, case studies, multiple choice and/or true or false statements.
This is a downloadable self-paced home study course. Interim key point prompts are included throughout the course to highlight and reinforce vital information. The Multiple-Choice course examination will be taken online after completion of all other course requirements.
METHOD OF COURSE GRADING
Pass/fail grading system. Course examination is multiple choice. When a score of less than 70% is received, the examination may be taken one time without charge. For further information regarding additional retakes of the examination, contact email@example.com
METHOD OF COURSE EVALUATION
After successful completion of the course study and examination with a passing score of 70%, an evaluation shall be completed and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Upon completion of the course study, examination with a passing score of 70% and evaluation, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion via email.
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS
All readings have been incorporated in the coursework materials.
SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS
There are no suggested course materials.
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$69.00 (or US equivalent)
Note: Upon receipt and processing of course payment, the student will receive an email with payment confirmation, link to the course PDF file, online examination and evaluation.
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