Forensic Nursing Certificate
The forensic nursing program prepares nurses at the advanced practice level in many areas of forensics. At the advanced practice level, nurses impact social policy, health care initiatives, education, research and practice.
Forensic nurses practice in many clinical areas.
Some examples include:
- sexual assault nurse
- nurse coroner
- nurse investigator
- forensic psychiatric nurse
- forensic correctional/institutional nurse
- clinical nurse specialist
- legal nurse consultant
- expert witness
The program is part of a collaborative effort with The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and other forensic programs at Duquesne University.
This program is based upon and consistent with the mission, purposes, and philosophy of Duquesne University and its undergraduate nursing program. The Duquesne faculty is committed to nurturing a flexible and creative scholarly environment that encourages students to participate actively in scientific inquiry and research.
- Apply the principles of law and forensic science to the practice of nursing.
- Develop and incorporate a collaborative approach with other disciplines in planning the care of victims of violence and/or the perpetrator.
- Demonstrate leadership in forensic nursing through active participation in health care policy and professional organizations and by developing roles for forensic nurses in all areas of practice.
PMC Program Outcomes
The advanced practice nurse will synchronize the nurse competencies with patient characteristics in facilitating health care delivery as follows:
Demonstrates clinical judgment within the context of the advanced practice role.
Assumes a leadership role in creating a compassionate and caring environment to promote comfort and prevent suffering.
Advocates collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to the design of comprehensive care to individuals/families, communities, and populations.
Integrates theory, clinical inquiry, and evidence-based nursing practice into the advanced practice role.
Participates in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health care systems to foster safe passage and excellence in health care delivery.
Creates a culturally competent practice environment to enhance health care outcomes.
Champions ethical decision making in all aspects of practice with self, patient/family, community, and health care delivery systems.
Commits to life long learning for self and consumers.
The Synergy Model for Patient Care, developed by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, has been adopted by the faculty and integrated into the undergraduate and graduate nursing curriculums. The core concept of the Synergy Model: the needs or characteristics of patients and families influence the characteristics or competencies of the nurse. Synergy results when the needs and characteristics of a patient, clinical unit or system match those of the nurse.
The Synergy Model describes eight patient characteristics (needs) and eight nurse characteristics (competencies); patient needs drive nurse competencies. Each individual characteristic is further delineated by levels of complexity or intensity. The core competencies of the nurse include clinical judgment, advocacy, clinical practices, collaboration, systems thinking, response to diversity, clinical inquiry and facilitation of learning. These eight competencies provide the basis for program and level outcomes in the undergraduate program. An additional ninth program/level outcome focuses on the synergy between the nurse’s competencies and patient characteristics as it relates to patient outcomes. Similarly, the graduate program outcomes are based on these same nurse characteristics but at a higher level. Underlying all competencies is the unique contribution of nurses to provide safe passage for patients and their families through the health care environment.
The table below illustrates the relationship between nurse competencies of the Synergy Model and the MSN program outcomes.
|Clinical Judgment||Integrate clinical judgment skills when implementing care for individuals, families, groups, and community.|
|Advocacy||Justify one’s practice through the implementation of the role of being a moral agent.|
|Caring Practices||Display a caring attitude in all aspects of one’s practice.|
|Collaboration||Initiate collaborative efforts for the improvement of care to individuals and for improvement in the health care delivery.|
|Systems Thinking||Demonstrate the ability to utilize integrated systems analysis for the personal and professional navigation of the health care delivery systems.|
|Response to Diversity||Integrate cultural sensitivity in caring for individuals/families of diverse populations.|
|Clinical Inquiry||Engage in evidenced-based practice.|
|Facilitation of Learning||Incorporate teaching into all aspects of one’s practice.|
|Impact of “synergy” nurse/patient characteristics and patient outcomes||Evaluate the interrelationship of nurse competencies and the patient characteristics to patient outcomes.|