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Forensic Nurse Examiner

Company: Mission Hospital
Location: Asheville
Posted on: September 6, 2020

Job Description:

Job Description: Overview Join our team as a PRN Forensic Nurse Examiner! Our Mission We strive to address the unique needs of victims of abuse. By providing our services in a confidential, compassionate, and non-judgmental atmosphere - our focus is to empower our patients to begin the healing process and, in addition, work to end sexual assault and domestic/intimate partner violence in our community. Expert Staff Mission Hospital employs Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs) - specially trained registered nurses - who provide comprehensive care for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child, elder, dependent-adult abuse and neglect, and other violent crimes. Our forensic nurses are also involved in community outreach and educational programs designed to raise public awareness of sexual assault, safe dating, and recognizing and dealing with violence in a relationship. A forensic nurse examiner is on duty 24/7/365. Specialized training and experience enables the FNE to: * Provide a safe, comprehensive and compassionate exam. * Collect and document evidence of the assault * Provide treatment to help prevent sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy * Initiate crisis intervention and safety planning when needed * Arrange medical and psychological follow-up * Provide expert testimony in court Our Services Sexual Assault Our forensic nurse examiners offer confidential services for both adult and pediatric victims of sexual assault. These services are provided at no cost to the victims. Confidential services are provided whether or not the victim chooses to have law enforcement involvement. Intimate Partner/Family Violence Our forensic nurses' examiners provide confidential evaluations for assessment and documentation of injuries. They educate the victim about domestic violence and provides referrals to legal and/or social services as needed. Confidential services are provided whether or not the victim chooses to have law enforcement involvement. Elder, Dependent-Adult Abuse and Neglect The forensic nurse is called upon whenever it is suspected that an elder or dependent-adult may be a victim of abuse or neglect. In addition to providing medico-legal services, the forensic nurse is able to educate the medical community and law-enforcement agencies to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. Other Victims of Violent Crime Our forensic nurses provide evidence , nonfatal strangulation, or serious assault. This includes obtaining a limited history, and creating written and/or photo documentation while medical treatment is being provided. This service is provided without interfering with medical treatment, and it ensures that crucial evidence is not lost in the course of emergency medical treatment. Office of Decedent Affairs Mission Hospital in Asheville is where the Buncombe County Morgue is located. Our forensic nurses assist the Buncombe County Morgue's Office of Decedent Affairs (ODA) with death investigations on all incoming cases. In addition to those, if a patient passes away while in the hospital, certain examinations and documentation must be completed and these are also performed by our FNE team. The FNE team includes ODA Technicians who are either Certified Nursing Assistants or license Funeral Directors to assist with such ODA cases. Buncombe County Family Justice Center We are also proud partners of multiple non-profit and government agencies that support our community through the Buncombe County Family Justice Center located in downtown Asheville, NC. At this facility, patients can obtain multiple services in ONE place rather than having to come to our hospital's emergency room or other seperate locations for needed services. Learn more about this progressive community alliance at the Buncombe County Family Justice Center. Role Summary: Facilitates compassionate patient care to patients and families throughout the life span, through the application of the forensic aspects of health care, combined with the bio-psychosocial in the scientific investigation and treatment of trauma and/or death of patients and perpetrators of violence, criminal activity and traumatic incidents. The advanced forensic nurse examiner provides direct services to individual patients, families and consultation services to nursing, medical and community and law related agencies, as well as providing expert testimony in numerous areas, death with investigative processes, adequacy of services delivered and specialized diagnosis. Collaborates with and provides direction for staff to establish and maintain clinical standards. Advanced Forensic Nurse Examiner collaborates with FNE Program Coordinator for overall program operation and vision throughout the Mission Health System and Western North Carolina. This group also provides after hours breathe alcohol and monitored drug urine testing services for Occumed Health Services. Required Education: Effective 3/1/18 Bachelor of Science in Nursing OR enroll in a BSN or advanced degre

Keywords: Mission Hospital, Asheville , Forensic Nurse Examiner, Other , Asheville, North Carolina

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