COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to introduce the student to common patterned injuries that may be associated with abuse, neglect or result from unintentional trauma. The characteristic types of blunt and sharp force injuries will be presented using a series of slides, which illustrate classic soft tissue and skeletal injuries that may be revealed during routine clinical assessments. The mechanics of injury will be emphasized along with their forensic significance. Nursing care components will include injury recognition, using appropriate terminology for documentation, reporting and evidence preservation in the clinical setting.

The course materials will present illustrations and characteristics of classic wounds and other traumatic injuries. Emphasis will be upon precise objective descriptions essential for forensic documentation.

By completing this course, and incorporating the information that the student learns into basic practice, he/she will be taking the first step to ensure that he/she is prepared to detect and refer abused and neglected patients. Those who work in hospitals will also be helping the employer in meeting the important JCAHO standards for accreditation.

Key Point: Each individual who works in a hospital or other healthcare facilities has a legal obligation to properly document the characteristics and extent of wounds and other traumatic injuries, and, to report findings suggestive of intentional injuries associated with human abuse or interpersonal violence.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Cite the characteristics of selected blunt and sharp force injuries.
  2. Relate the injury characteristics to the forces of injury or a wounding object or tool.
  3. Use correct terms to describe the characteristics of blunt and sharp force injuries for clinical documentation and reporting.
  4. Select statements that accurately describe the roles and responsibilities of nurses in reporting patterned injuries that may be the result of abuse, neglect or sexual exploitation.


COURSE FEE: $59.95 (Group rates are available upon request. Contact .)

WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE: Registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses and other personnel who care for and manage children and adults in all environments.



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.

SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS: There are no suggested course materials.

OTHER RELATED COURSES: Documentation and Recognition: Forensic Issues for Healthcare in the Digital Era, Forensic Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department, Forensic Evidence Collection in the Clinical Setting, Chain of Custody, An Introduction to Forensic Photoshop, Advanced Forensic Photoshop


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.