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.
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
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.
Daniel Sheridan, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN