Taking Assessment Skills to a Higher Level through Forensic Nursing: An Innovative Educational Strategy

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151754
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Presentation
Title:
Taking Assessment Skills to a Higher Level through Forensic Nursing: An Innovative Educational Strategy
Abstract:
Taking Assessment Skills to a Higher Level through Forensic Nursing: An Innovative Educational Strategy
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Gabriel, Sue, MFS, MSN, CFS, RN, SANE
P.I. Institution Name:BryanLGH College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Donna Garbacz-Bader, MA, MSN, RN, BC, CFS, D-ABMDI and Sherry Koenigsman, MSN, RN, SANE
[Research Presentation] The first forensic nursing course with a 90 hour clinical component, offered in an undergraduate nursing program in the U.S. was initiated in the Fall of 2006. As part of the course of study the professors created an innovative project to actively involve students in an exploration of forensic science as it applies to the nursing process. Two piglets that died naturally shortly after birth were secreted above and below ground with a variety of forensic evidence. Students monitored the effect of environmental conditions on the decomposition of the piglets and the accompanying forensic evidence. The differences in findings for the above and below ground piglets were compared. The nursing process was used as the organizational paradigm for all data collection. Through this innovative educational activity the students were able to take their assessment skills to a new level. They applied all four senses in analyzing the data in ways that will serve them in any nursing setting. They now have a new respect for anatomy and physiology from the inside out and an enhanced appreciation for the effects of trauma from violent crimes. The students also developed a refined ability to distinguish patterns of injury related to various types of trauma. This creative interactive learning activity allowed the students to see, do and apply new knowledge within traditional nursing methodologies. Their assessment skills were greatly enhanced and they are now ready to join in a partnership with the medico-legal community for the expanded advocacy of their clients. As one student stated, "This project took my assessment skills to a new level." All nurses may learn to view their patients through a new lens created by forensic nursing.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTaking Assessment Skills to a Higher Level through Forensic Nursing: An Innovative Educational Strategyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151754-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Taking Assessment Skills to a Higher Level through Forensic Nursing: An Innovative Educational Strategy</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Gabriel, Sue, MFS, MSN, CFS, RN, SANE</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">BryanLGH College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">sue.gabriel@bryanlgh.org</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Donna Garbacz-Bader, MA, MSN, RN, BC, CFS, D-ABMDI and Sherry Koenigsman, MSN, RN, SANE</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] The first forensic nursing course with a 90 hour clinical component, offered in an undergraduate nursing program in the U.S. was initiated in the Fall of 2006. As part of the course of study the professors created an innovative project to actively involve students in an exploration of forensic science as it applies to the nursing process. Two piglets that died naturally shortly after birth were secreted above and below ground with a variety of forensic evidence. Students monitored the effect of environmental conditions on the decomposition of the piglets and the accompanying forensic evidence. The differences in findings for the above and below ground piglets were compared. The nursing process was used as the organizational paradigm for all data collection. Through this innovative educational activity the students were able to take their assessment skills to a new level. They applied all four senses in analyzing the data in ways that will serve them in any nursing setting. They now have a new respect for anatomy and physiology from the inside out and an enhanced appreciation for the effects of trauma from violent crimes. The students also developed a refined ability to distinguish patterns of injury related to various types of trauma. This creative interactive learning activity allowed the students to see, do and apply new knowledge within traditional nursing methodologies. Their assessment skills were greatly enhanced and they are now ready to join in a partnership with the medico-legal community for the expanded advocacy of their clients. As one student stated, &quot;This project took my assessment skills to a new level.&quot; All nurses may learn to view their patients through a new lens created by forensic nursing.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:12:38Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:12:38Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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