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Although many of the people who pursue this credential are already working in the field of healthcare or law enforcement, this education enhances the ability for individuals to work in areas where medical and legal issues overlap. Skills obtained in this program will assist in areas where individuals have contact with child and elder abuse and neglect, interpersonal violence including sexual assault, intentional or non-intentional trauma, corrections and psychiatric institutions, death investigation, disaster response, risk management in healthcare, medical malpractice and other areas where healthcare and law intersect in addition to the application of forensic medical expertise in investigative agencies.
Individuals who should enroll in this program include: Registered nurses and other allied health professionals, social workers, physicians, paramedics, rescue and emergency management personnel, police and other investigative personnel, corrections officers, psychiatric nurses, legal nurse consultants, occupational safety officers, and risk management, quality and safety personnel.
MSN, BSc. (Crim), RN, AFN-BC, F-ABMDI
Colin has a degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters in Nursing, with post graduate education in Forensic Nursing and additional education in crime scene analysis, death investigation and other forensic topics.
Colin has integrated his nursing experience in the acute medical setting with previous experience in law enforcement and investigations and as a Coroner and Manager of the Child Death Review Unit for the Province of British Columbia. This combination allowed him to bring together expertise to both death investigations and to the area of “living forensics” investigations. Colin is a board certified Advanced Forensic Nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the only board certified fellow of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators in Canada. Colin’s most recent work as a Special Provincial Constable utilized forensic medical expertise in the investigation of workplace fatalities and serious injuries. This was the first ever application of this expertise by an Investigations Officer in the occupational setting.
Colin is a published author for the Journal of Forensic Nursing and the BC Medical Journal and has presented numerous times on topics related to Forensic medical expertise at the International Conferences on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice.
Colin has been a co-chair of the death investigation council, abstract reviewer, manuscript reviewer, and member of the conference planning committee for the International Association of Forensic Nurses and has been awarded:
2013 – Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission for Aspen University Graduate Nursing
2014 – Forensic Nursing Excellence – International Association of Forensic Nurses
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