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Forensic nursing: Overview of a growing profession

from American Nurse Today

In the current era of the #MeToo movement and prominent sexual assault disclosures, these types of crimes are finally receiving the attention they deserve. Our society is acknowledging what research has been telling us for years about the high incidence of sexual violence in the United States. A benefit of the increased media and cultural attention on sexual assault crimes is that in many areas of the United States more victims are reporting the crimes to receive forensic medical examinations by sexual assault nurse examiners. Many healthcare personnel and nurses are familiar with SANEs but may not realize that forensic nursing is a much broader nursing specialty that encompasses caring for patients who’ve experienced all kinds of violence and trauma. more

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