Forensic health care and trauma informed practice are emerging as new concepts in the medical/health care of Canadians. It can be a challenge for primary health care providers to care for victims of violence in a compassionate manner while also keeping in mind possible evidence collection and necessary medical care. This course will provide a foundation for providing trauma informed forensic medical/health care to victims of violence. This course is specifically for primary health care providers (Nurse Practitioners, Family Physicians) and RNs working in rural or remote settings (ie. RN(C)) with limited access to a forensic (or SANE) program at the local hospital. It will provide the background necessary to support both the health care needs of these patients as well as their forensic needs. It will provide an understanding of how medicine/health care come together with law enforcement in situations of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. This course will build on the advanced assessment skills of a primary care provider and prepare you to effectively provide trauma-informed appropriate medical care to victims of violence; provide guidelines for follow up and safety planning; understanding your duty to report; identification, assessment and documentation of injuries; collection and management of forensic specimens and how to write a medical-legal report. This course does not provide the prerequisites required to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Advanced Practice RN, RN(C)- Rural Remote Certified, Outpost Nurse or by permission of the instructor.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Effective as of Fall 2016
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