Forensic Nursing Webinar Series

Recorded October 18 – December 13, 2023

This special five-part webinar series was designed to engage multidisciplinary teams that include healthcare, law enforcement, legal and social services. The series covered what forensic nursing is, the roles of the sexual assault nurse examiner in both pediatric and adolescent/adult cases, issues in interpersonal and domestic violence and the dynamics and indicators of human trafficking.

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Session #1: Introduction to Forensic Nursing

This webinar will inform nurses and the multidisciplinary teams (healthcare system, law enforcement, legal system and social system) about the role of a forensic nurse and issues related to both healthcare and the law when caring for victims of violence. Participants in this session will learn about the many subspecialties in forensic nursing, as well as vulnerable populations and ethical dilemmas that the forensic nurse may encounter.


Session #2: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent

Attendees at this webinar will learn about: the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination on adult/adolescent patients; dynamics of sexual assault (myths and realities, rape trauma syndrome and PTSD); sexual assault forensic examination (including communication skills, history, physical assessment and evidence collection and forensic documentation); reporting guidelines; and the role of the forensic examiner in the criminal justice system.


Session #3: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Pediatric

The purpose of this webinar is to: inform attendees on the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations on pediatric patients; dynamics of child abuse; pediatric sexual assault forensic examination (including communication [finding words] skills, history, physical assessment and evidence collection and forensic documentation); pediatric growth and development (tanner stages); ABC’s of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies; reporting guidelines; and historical perspectives of child abuse.


Session #4: Interpersonal and Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence (IPV), is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors (including physical, sexual and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion) that individuals use against each other. This session will inform attendees on the Ohio Domestic Violence Protocol for Healthcare Providers: Standards of Care; power and control wheel; safety planning options; “In Her Shoes: Why They Stay,” reporting guidelines and understanding the physical, emotional, financial and health impact of domestic violence.


Session #5: Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is defined as “the recruitment, harboring, transporting or procurement of a person for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery or forced commercial sex acts.” This final webinar will define human trafficking and help attendees understand the unique dynamics of human trafficking. Following this session, attendees will be empowered to recognize risk factors and indicators related to human trafficking, identify potential human trafficking victims and report as legally required and share knowledge with colleagues, parents and community members to advance local/community prevention efforts.

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Nursing contact hours will be awarded for each webinar after watching the entire presentation and completing a course evaluation. No one in the position to control content has a financial relationship with an ineligible company.

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.