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Forensic Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department (ED)

Audience: Licensed nurses who work in EDs or who can float to the ED
Delivery: On-line
Nursing CEUs offered: 2.5 hours
Outcome: Nurses who successfully complete this course will be prepared to conduct a basic medical forensic examination of a sexual assault victim, using correct documentation, assessment and evidence collection techniques and will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose of the medical forensic examination in the emergency department setting
  2. Identify the principles of evidence collection
  3. Describe the procedures and rationale for accurate documentation of a victimized patient’s history and exam findings
  4. Describe patient injuries using accurate language and detailed descriptions
  5. Explain the importance of a patient history and examination
  6. Describe the correct use of a sexual assault evidence collection kit
  7. Describe how to use a vaginal speculum
  8. Describe two ways in which trauma alters thought processes
  9. Explain two legal implications of sexual violence

Clinical Practice Skills for Sexual Assault Evidence Collection

Audience: Licensed nurses who work in Emergency Departments (ED) or who can float to the ED with or without a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) team in their community
Delivery: On-site
Nursing CEUs offered: 4 hours
Mandatory prerequisite: Forensic Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department
Outcome: Nurses who successfully complete this hands-on training course will be prepared to conduct a medical forensic examination of a sexual assault victim, using correct documentation, assessment and evidence collection techniques and will be able to:

  1. Identify the role of the ED nurse in forensic evidence collection regardless, if a SANE team is available
  2. Describe medical and legal reasons for collecting forensic evidence
  3. List three clinical presentations appropriate to use a sexual assault evidence collection kit
  4. Document a potentially traumatized patient’s history and exam findings in the medical forensic record using accurate medical and forensic terminology
  5. Employ principles of patient-centered, trauma-informed evidence collection and patient care
  6. Demonstrate evidence collection guidelines including appropriate evidence recognition, preservation and collection
  7. Recognize the importance of having a sexual assault protocol and plan of nursing care

For a complete listing of the continuing education courses provided through the Texas A&M College of Nursing, please visit the Texas A&M University Continuing and Professional Education portal .