Serita Stevens has published many books, from mystery novels to a description of poisonous plants. She also has long been a nurse, and it is that profession that sent her to learn more about what a nurse could do when one of her cases seemed to have a criminal or illegal side. "SleuthRN" on the Web led her to the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and that started her off on her specialty as a forensic nurse. She took the courses that gave her training in law and medicine, learning that the number of cases that came under the umbrella of forensic is a great deal larger than she had imagined: if there is any legal aspect at all, forensics play a part. Insurance? Possible liability? Workman's compensation? All these and more join the more obvious criminal or suspected criminal cases in having "forensic" connotations.
But what does the forensic nurse know and do that other well-trained nurses and even most doctors do not? Recognizing a possible forensic situation is just the beginning. Forensic nurses are trained to know when to bring in law enforcement, how to treat the patient so as to learn the full story, how to present the findings to doctors and detectives. They learn to recognize possible evidence and preserve it properly. They have particular skills in spotting details that are overlooked by those who are without medical knowledge that is coupled with law. A forensic nurse is skillful with special equipment. They photograph evidence, and may find such evasive clues as nearly invisible marks that an automobile's bumper leaves on the victim's clothing, and they know how to question a fearful child to get accurate information. They are also trained to give evidence in a court case, since nurses are almost inevitably called upon as the first witness to see the patient when he or she is brought into the emergency room, a requirement that often terrifies someone without experience or training.
In fascinating informal case histories that read like stories in a novel, Stevens describes all these and many more aspects of the forensic nurse's work. Each individual case looks at the valuable "extras" these nurses bring to their medical specialty. In one case early in the book Stevens even walks us through the necessarily several-hour examination of a young female victim of sexual assault, and every reader will be amazed by the nurse's techniques, how she uses special equipment to bolster her information, and how thorough the examination must be for an accurate result.
Forensic Nurse is a book that will leave every reader hoping to have this fast-growing medical specialty represented in his or her medical world, always on call if and when it is needed.
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ON THE FRONT LINES
A young victim of a hit and run is brought to the ER...A college student thinks she may have been raped....A homeless man is covered with chemical burns but won't say how he got them... Across the country, in moments of crisis, nurses are often the first witnesses to acts of trauma. And when the human body itself is a crime scene, what a nurse does--from asking the right questions to preserving the key evidence--can make all the difference in the world.
IN THE HEART OF THE ACTION
Now, a new kind of nurse is being deployed to the front lines. Detective, advocate, caregiver: specially trained forensic nurses play an increasingly critical role in cases of violence, negligence and mayhem--and giving justice a fighting chance.
AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME...
This book chronicles dozens of riveting cases, from the bizarre to the commonplace. Spotlighting pioneering personalities in forensic nursing today, this book shows how forensic nurses do their job, why they often become key witnesses in trials, and how these unsung heroes help police solve society's most baffling crimes.
Serita Stevens has published a wide variety of previous books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons has been a consistent bestselling work for many years. She lives in North Hollywood with her young daughter, Alexandra, whom she adopted as an infant from a Romanian orphanage.
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Descrizione libro Thomas Dunne Books, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0312251998
Descrizione libro Thomas Dunne Books, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110312251998
Descrizione libro Thomas Dunne Books. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0312251998 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0134772