Discussion Question One:
It is apparent that forensic nursing is vital in the modern healthcare environment that is characterized with complicated conditions that need customized attention. As you have noted, victims of traumatic experiences such as sexual abuse and violence suffer severe psychological and emotional conditions that can only be corrected with the effort of specialized and skilled professionals. In this context, the significance of having forensic nurses cannot be reemphasized for efficient service delivery. The fact that your community already has some forensic nurses is an encouraging move. The move needs to be upheld and emphasized further to increase the number of these professionals in the future. Having forensic professionals such as Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) will ensure that the victims of abuse and violence are accessing justice through proper representation in the legal procedures (Hammer, Moynihan, & Pagliaro, 2013). Furthermore, the move will ensure that these victims have access to skilled and reliable professionals who can help them overcome their conditions.
Hammer, R. M., Moynihan, B., & Pagliaro, E. M. (2013). Forensic nursing: A handbook for practice. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
It is clear that forensic nursing is a new and promising career in the modern world. Forensic nurses can act as both medical and legal experts. Although presently forensic nursing is not popular in your community, it is an indisputable fact that the demand for this professional will increase in the near future. I am motivated by your desire of introducing the forensic nursing services in your area by encouraging the adoption of the concept in the Emergency and Law enforcement agencies (Constantino, Crane, & Young, 2013). This will substantially increase the quality of services delivered in this department. However, to encourage your community to embrace the idea at a faster rate, I encourage you to focus on explaining the relevant bodies and agencies on the urgent need and the high significance of having forensic nursing professionals.
Constantino, R. E. B., Crane, P. A., & Young, S. E. (2013). Forensic nursing: Evidence-based principles and practice. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.
I concur with your observation that forensic nursing are important as they facilitate collection of evidence, document testimony and injuries while serving as reliable witnesses for victims of abuses. The unique role assumed by these professionals affirms the significance of having forensic nursing courses that can equip nurses with special skills to serve in these positions. As you have observed, it is apparent that victims can hardly get justice in the absence of forensic nurses who would provide authoritative evidence (Lynch & Duval, 2011). It, thus, becomes indisputable that welcoming and promoting forensic nursing is a positive move that is beneficial for our society.
Lynch, V. A., & Duval, J. B. (2011). Forensic nursing science. St. Louis: Mosby/Elsevier.
Discussion Forum 3 Question 2
I fully support your sentiments that having Registered Nurses in schools is essential, and that individuals holding this position should have high authority like community or occupational nurses. It is apparent that school nurses serve a unique and important community. Through fostering good healthcare in schools, the overall health status of the community will increase considerably. Providing good health care in schools is tantamount to engaging in prevention and early disease management strategies--a recommendable approach in healthcare (Sines, Saunders, & Forbes-Burford, 2009). This could ensure that health conditions and detected and treated at early ages before such situations develop into advance health complications as the victim ages.
Sines, D., Saunders, M., & Forbes-Burford, J. (2009). Community health care nursing. Chichester, U.K: Wiley-Blackwell.
The fact that school nurses have the potential of changing the long-term health of millions of the people highlights the significance of granting high authority to individuals holding such a position. Through providing essential education and guidelines; school nurses can easily impact positively on the health of the school going population and the entire community. Importantly, there is a need of ensuring that each school has an adequate number of the Registered Nurses to take advantage of this unique strategy (Loschiavo, 2012). I support your guidelines that school nurses need to partner with other important stakeholders such as family, nutrition professions and other experts for successful healthcare promotion in the community.
Loschiavo, J. (2012). Fast facts for the school nurse: School nursing in a nutshell. New York: Springer Pub.
I concur with your argument that the school nurse assumes diverse roles that include educative, coordination, planning and safety and emergency management. Having school nurses is a responsible undertaking for ensuring good nurturing and care for the children. The strategy ensures that the students have access to qualified and reliable expertise from who they can seek medical attention when faced by any health challenge (Lewis, & Bear, 2009). The school nurses should be empowered and provided with all necessary resources to execute their unique duties accordingly. Furthermore, there is the need of ensuring that there are adequate nurses to in schools for quality service delivery.
Lewis, K. D. S., & Bear, B. J. (2009). Manual of school health: A handbook for school nurses, educators, and health professionals.