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Injury Pathology and Advanced Trauma Assessments


Using findings from current research and evidence-based practice, this course presents an overview of injury pathology, advanced trauma assessments, and diagnosis of physical and psychological injuries across the lifespan. Participants will:

  • Learn about the biomechanical and forensics of sharp, blunt, thermal, penetrating, and mixed injuries.
  • Determine how to differentiate intentional versus unintentional injuries; diseases and physical findings that mimic abuse; describe the physiology of wound healing; and discuss prevention strategies.
  • Explore the biomechanics and pathophysiology of bruising including contributing and compounding factors such as: age, gender, underlying disease processes, hematologic dyscrasias, pharmacologic contributors, bruise resolution and similarities and differences with/from ecchymoses.
  • Review pressure ulcers, including such topics as: prevention, ulcer formation, healing, and treatment aspects.

This continuing nurse education (CNE) course is designed to be completed by those with a current RN license and who are concurrently registered in, or who have already completed a baseline CNE course in Forensics Nursing or equivalent course for credit.

Note: Registration is not considered final until we are in receipt of your full payment. 

  • Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, registraints will be able to:

    • Apply knowledge from the sciences and humanities to the advanced practice of nursing.

    • Compare and contrast the biomechanics of sharp, blunt, thermal, penetrating and mixed injuries based on current research and evidenced-based practice;

      • Demonstrate advanced skills and expertise in nursing practice.
      • Differentiate accidental from intentional injury;
      • Describe the physiology of wound healing;
      • List factors contributing to and compounding bruising and bruise healing;
      • Review diseases and physical findings that mimic abuse/neglect;
    • Analyze the impact of injury diagnoses and unintentional injury as it relates to mimicking abuse or neglect

    • Identify and discuss pressure ulcers in the context of prevention, treatment and possible neglect of care;

    • Utilize the research process to address problems within areas of advanced clinical nursing practice and nursing systems.

    • Cite current research and best practices in injury pathology, physiology, and treatment;

    • Demonstrate ethical decision making in advanced practice nursing.

    • Identify current laws, regulations and mandatory reporting requirements pertaining to abuse/neglect reporting across the life span at local, state and national levels;

    • Demonstrate cultural competence in advanced practice nursing.

    • Identify injuries inflicted purposefully within cultures as a means of treatment such as coining and cupping;

    • Identify injuries inflicted from racial profiling and disregard for human sensitivity with respect to culture, religious preference and political beliefs

    • Contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.

    • Discuss how the expanding role of forensic nursing, especially advanced practice forensic nursing, is validating nurses as legitimate experts in the fields of injury and trauma, and disease management

  • Instructional Design

    Course does not require you to be online at any particular time. Enrollees are able to work on weekly assignments and submit by a particular time according to the course syllabus.

    Learning methods include:  online lecture, discussion, case studies, small group projects, web-based discussions, assigned readings, and external links for additional information.

  • Faculty

    Daniel Sheridan, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN


Deadline Extended!
Register by 9/15/14


100% Online

Deatils provided after registration.

Course Dates


Contact Information

Professional Programs
Ph. 410-502-3335
Fx. 443-769-1232



Qualifies for JHU tuition remission.