From East Baltimore to South Australia, the work of nurses and other health professionals dealing with victims of crime will be helped by a new online forensic healthcare short course.

The Fundamentals of Forensic Health Care, a 40-hour online course designed for health care professionals, will be offered by the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Australia’s Flinders University in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON).

There is a growing demand for health professionals to be aware of their legal responsibilities when treating victims and how treatment and collection of evidence can affect the ability of prosecutors to bring perpetrators to justice. The course will provide an up-to-date grounding in principles and best practices in the growing field of forensic healthcare. Students will learn about standard forensic terminology across a variety of situations faced by healthcare workers. It will also give them an overview of legal processes regarding the collection and prosecution of evidence.

The course consists of 10 modules presented over 14 weeks by Dan Sheridan of JHUSON and Linda Starr of Flinders, associate professors at their respective schools, in association with a number of interdisciplinary forensic field experts.

Registration for the course, which runs July 29 through November 15, 2013, is open until July 22 at  

Sheridan, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a U.S. leader in forensic nursing and has more than 25 years of clinical experience working with patients who have experienced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. He frequently provides expert forensic nursing testimony in criminal and civil legal proceedings.

Starr is an Australian lawyer and academic at Flinders. Her research areas are criminal law, forensic nursing, prisons and health care workers, elder abuse, and professional regulation.

Learn more about The Fundamentals of Forensic Health Care.

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