FORENSIC EVIDENCE COLLECTION IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to meet the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners' requirement (Sec. 301.306) for a minimum of a 3-contact hours continuing education course on the subject: Forensic Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department. Content will include types of evidence, methods of documentation and procedures for collection. Chain of custody and other basic legal requirements for handling and safeguarding of evidentiary items will be considered.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- List types of forensic evidence commonly encountered in the Emergency Department.
- Document evidentiary items by precise written descriptions, use of body diagrams and photographic techniques.
- Describe the role of the nurse in maintaining chain of custody for forensic evidence.
- Follow basic clinical procedures essential for preservation and collection of various types of physical evidence, including biological specimens.
CE CONTACT HOURS: 3
COURSE FEE: $44.95 (Group rates are available upon request. Contact .)
WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE: Nurses and other clinical personnel who desire introductory information about forensic evidence recognition and basic collection procedures applicable to the Emergency Department setting. Although the course has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, its content will be useful to all clinical personnel.
AVAILABILITY: Upon Demand
PRESENTATION METHOD: This downloadable course is in PDF format.
TEACHING METHOD: This is a self-paced course.
DURATION: All course requirements must be completed within 6 months of enrollment.
METHOD OF COURSE GRADING: Pass/fail grading system. Course examination is multiple choice and true/false statements. When a score of less than 70% is received, the examination may be taken one time without charge. Contact: for further information regarding additional retakes of the examination.
METHOD OF COURSE EVALUATION: After successful completion of the course examination, a course evaluation must be submitted to .
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon completion of the course content, examination with a passing grade of 70% and evaluation, student will receive a certificate of completion.
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS: All readings are incorporated in the course.
SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS: There are none.
AUTHORíS BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Janet Barber, MSN, RN, Colonel, USAF NC, (Ret.)
Course Procedure from start to completion.
All courses and materials are based on United States laws and regulations unless otherwise noted. Laws vary from state to state.