CLINICAL FORENSIC SERVICES RN (PCN 1167)
Work Hours: Variable
The Clinical Forensic Services (CFS) registered nurse will ensure the provision of high quality, safe, effective and efficient nursing services to patients/victims of violence. This Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) is responsible for responding to abuse and/or assault victims or suspects by providing quality patient care and forensic evidence collection. The FNE integrates activities with other hospital departments, law enforcement agencies, child protective services, victim advocacy, prosecution, community health care professionals and the public.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
The CFS FNE reports to the CFS Coordinator. The FNE works with patients and family members across the lifespan, neonates, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly and appropriate members of the health care team and/or community agencies. The FNE knows the consequences of nursing actions and the legalities involved.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- Education and/or Experience: Graduation from an accredited school of nursing
- Current registered nurse licensure in the State of Alaska
- BLS certification
- Minimum of three years recent acute care hospital experience is preferred.
- One year recent emergency department experience or experience in caring for victims of assault/abuse preferred
- Successful completion of a SANE certification course (a 40 hour classroom program)
- Successful completion of an approved child maltreatment course (a 32 hour classroom program)
- Successful completion of the adult and pediatric preceptorship requirements
- Have knowledge of the principles and theory underlying nursing procedures and interventions performed; possess advanced physical assessment skills
- Familiarity with legal, ethical and medical issues related to assault and/or abuse of children and adults.
To perform this job successfully, the employee must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The FNE will have completed the SANE preceptorship requirements and will complete a CFS skills checklist annually. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Emergency Department (ED) consists of a 9-bed unit with a joined 2-room trauma suite, and central station. The FNE room is located right outside the ED in room 201. The position requires walking, standing for extended periods, and the ability to lift 35 pounds. Persons in this position are exposed to infectious diseases, including all types of blood-borne pathogens, muscle strains and falls. A mechanical lift/hover mat is available for lifting-transferring patients when needed. Generally, physical demands are moderate and most work is performed inside. Work hours may fluctuate based on patient acuity and required meetings.