Interested in Forensic Nursing, but don’t know where to start?
Back when we were in college, considering a career in forensic science, there weren’t a whole lot of options out there. CSI had not really taken off on television, and most colleges and universities had not yet jumped on the forensic science bandwagon. Forensic science classes were relegated to the bowels of universities, and you’d be lucky to find a single class on crime scene investigation, evidence analysis — let alone forensic nursing. Usually they were on something as generic as chemistry or biology, with nothing more than a syllabus that took your through different lab techniques. You could maybe get a couple forensic nursing classes under your belt by the time you graduated, but you sure as hell weren’t going to get a forensic nursing or forensic science degree out of it.
All that has changed. A number of factors have caused an explosion in the forensic nursing training opportunities that are out there: the Discovery Channel pumping out a show every other hour on forensic case files, forensic heroes, crime scene investigation, as well as a post-9/11 world that places more emphasis on crime detection and analysis. The combination of these two things has created a huge increase in the number of forensic nursing programs out there that — fortunately — has been met by an increasing number of jobs in the forensic nursing field. The criminal justice system and the courts have recognized the value of forensic nurses involved in the way investigations are handled from the moment of detection up through prosecution, Things go smoother, case evidence is properly handled and preserved, and the victims of crimes have an easier time of things because of forensic nurses experienced in handling these types of cases.