Specialization in Forensic Nursing
Dr. Catherine Prato
The Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Forensic Nursing is a professional degree designed for baccalaureate prepared, licensed, Registered Nurses who wish to pursue their Master of Science in Nursing and who have an interest in Forensics. This advanced degree will prepare graduates to work in a variety of Forensic areas.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Effectively communicate and collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary forensic team.
- Utilize nursing judgment to manage, prioritize, and delegate patient care in a variety of forensic settings.
- Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of forensic nursing.
- Select appropriate evidence into nursing practice to provide safe, quality, and ethical care in a variety of forensic settings.
- Analyze the basic principles and the role of crime scene investigators in forensic and legal procedures.
- Apply the scientific procedures and methods of identification, collection, preservation, chain of custody, analysis, comparison and report preparation of the biological, trace and toxicological evidentiary evidence.
- Evaluate the legal and psychological issues involved in competency to stand trial, diminished capacity, and insanity defenses.
- Analyze the legal, ethical, and constitutional tensions between the interests of society, and the rights of individuals in connection with various criminal procedures and contexts.
- Integrate scientific research methodology to explore issues in forensic nursing.
Area of Specialization Requirements
(6 courses; 27 quarter units)