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Forensic Nurse: The New Role of the Nurse in Law Enforcement

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Serita Stevens has published many books, from mystery novels to a description of poisonous plants. She also has long been a nurse, and it is that profession that sent her to learn more about what a nurse could do when one of her cases seemed to have a criminal or illegal side. "SleuthRN" on the Web led her to the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and that ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published August 1st 2004)
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Petra Eggs
This is really a 1.5 star book. It is an interesting subject but the book has no meat to it.

I like my books to have a definite beginning, middle and satisfying conclusion. This book is very disturbing to read because it starts off defining and defending the role of the forensic nurse, detailing how she has to fight for acceptance in the various health and legal disciplines she works in and illustrates this with short anecdotes (the only interesting bits) but it never gets beyond this defining an
Dec 03, 2008 Kaitron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am quite interested in this subject, but this book is practically unreadable. It is bad enough that a RN would write so incoherently, but the editor should be looking for another profession. This book jumps from one unrelated anecdote to fact to observation, sometimes within the same paragraph. Horrendous.
May 15, 2010 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All told, a worthy dollar store find. After reading this book, it is clear to me that it takes a special breed of nurse to be a forensic nurse. However, their role in examining victims of crimes is key and the main purpose of this book is to encourage more nurses to become specialized in forensics and also for more communities to put forensic nurses in their hospitals.
I would hope to never need the services of a forensic nurse, but should that not be the case, I would also hope that the hospital
Jan 04, 2011 Ice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was informative, but I didn't think it was very well written. I did learn a lot about an area of nursing I had previously not been aware of - forensic nursing. Forensic nurses contribute to law enforcement by collecting evidence and testifying in court. For example, a forensic nurse might examine a rape victim and testify about the evidence that she found at trial. Or an FN might examine a child or vulnerable adult when abuse is suspected, or even examine a corpse for evidence of homic ...more
Dec 03, 2016 Lizzy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
overall it was an ok book. I did not like how one sided it was. I felt like the author made doctors/police officers/attorneys/anyone who wasn't a nurse or a victim all sound like the "bad guys" trying to undermine the forensic nurse's authority and expertise. I also found the patients' stories that the author wrote about were all very brief with not enough detail to make them interesting. I am currently a Registered Nurse so I found the book interesting because I work in the field, but to someon ...more
Joy Endreshak
I gave it 2 stars because it wasn't the type of book I thought it would be. I was expecting something that was written for a medical audience that would already be somewhat familiar with policy and procedure. The tone of this made me feel that it was written more for people who are interested in different areas of nursing, but aren't a nurse yet or have a medical background.
Sep 25, 2007 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many aspects of forensic nursing are examined, as well as the future.

Very interesting read. A new type of forensics. Cases are usually very short and quickly move to new ones, interspersed with facts and statistics.
Very dry and a bit hard to get through at times, but it did contain a lot of good information on the topics presented.
Anna Powell
It was interesting, but very outdated at this point. I think it is aimed towards a general audience rather than a nurse.
Sep 03, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an "alright" kinda book. Not what I expected based on the title. It wasn't particularly captivating for me.
Jan 30, 2011 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, but not as engaging as I expected. I did like the book and generally like forensic mysteries. It was good to read about the actual experiences of a forensic nurse.
Jul 22, 2008 Shawna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Terribly written. Poor grammer - unreadable.
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