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Q&A - Forensic Nursing Courses & Classes

Is there any open courseware available for online forensic nursing courses?

Students enrolled in forensic nursing online classes can supplement their forensic nursing courses with free open courseware available online. A good place to find this is on iTunes U, and while there are no specific forensic nursing courses, there is plenty of general nursing open courseware that touches on all aspects of nursing. One such course is the Nursing podcast from the New York University College of Nursing, which addresses the future of nursing and patient-centered care.

Another comprehensive online course is “Practical Nursing” from Miami Dade College, which covers many fundamental topics in nursing. Similarly, Liberty University offers an open course in “Community Health Nursing” which students enrolled in forensic nursing classes may find helpful. Students enrolled in an RN-BSN program will especially benefit from Liberty University‚Äôs “Seminar in Nursing”, which prepares students for their nursing exams.

The National Institute of Justice, a U.S. government program, also offers open courseware on a variety of topics. Students interested in taking forensic nursing online courses should consider its Sexual Assault Forensic Examination, a free online clinical workshop and training program. Completion of the program results in a certificate that may be used toward credit hours in some forensic nursing courses of study.

What blogs or other online resources might be useful in my forensic nursing courses?

One of the most helpful online resources for students taking accredited forensic nursing online classes is the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). The website is run by forensic nursing professionals and features information on forensic nursing as a career as well as forensic nursing education, including a list of universities and colleges offering forensic nursing degree and certificate programs. IAFN may also be helpful when you are looking for forensic nursing jobs, as the site has its own career center.

Another online resource is the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance (SAFEta) website. Sexual assault crimes are some of the most frequent types of cases that forensic nurses handle, and the website offers many guidelines and helpful advice on how to proceed in such cases.

A great resource from someone in the field is the Forensics Talk blog, written by a practicing forensics nurse. The blog is frequently updated with examples of forensic nursing in the media, so you can get a good sense of what kind of work your classes are preparing you for.
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What magazines or journals can I read while I study in my offline or online forensic nursing classes?

Students enrolled in top forensic nursing classes may want to supplement their coursework by reading magazines on the subject. A good general magazine on all types of forensic science, including forensic medicine, is Forensic Magazine. The magazine covers all sorts of topics in forensics, so you are likely to find something that interests you in its print and online editions.

A popular magazine for all kinds of nurses is Nurse Practitioner, which comes out monthly and is available in print and online. The magazine frequently features articles on cutting-edge practices in nursing, including forensics.

Nursing Management is another monthly general nursing magazine. The magazine also publishes regular supplements on nursing technology, which are helpful to those who want to stay on top of changing tools of the trade.

Even the best forensic nursing online courses cannot cover every topic related to the field of forensic nursing, which is why many professionals in the field read specialized journals on the subject. One such journal is the Journal of Forensic Nursing. The journal, which is published 4 times per year by IAFN and is free to all IAFN members, features in-depth articles on specific problems and procedures in forensic nursing written by professionals and academics in the field.