Forensic Nursing

Everything You Need to Know About Forensic Nursing

Forensic nurses work closely with law officials during crime scene investigations to gather evidence and samples from victims of crimes such as sexual or physical assault, murder, accidental death, etc. These specialty nurses are educated in the criminal justice system as well as procedures for medical evidence collection, and they provide medical findings and testimony that can be utilized in court. Forensic nurses are key players in solving criminal cases as well as preventing future crimes. They help bridge the division between the justice system and medicine.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN TWO OR MORE YEARS OF FIELD EXPERIENCE
  • EARN ADVANCED FORENSIC NURSING CERTIFICATION

$54,000 - $79,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Extracting blood and tissue samples
  • Collecting and documenting ¬†evidence on the body of the victim
  • Photographing the body and measuring the dimensions of wounds, bruises, etc.
  • Providing testimony in court
  • Educating to prevent future crimes

Education Requirements

Nursing diploma, ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Coroners’ offices
  • Medical examiners’ offices
  • Corrections facilities
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Anti-violence community organizations

Certification

RN, Advanced Forensic Nursing Certification, Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC)