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Forensic Nursing: The Harsh Realities in Every Patient Care Setting
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$219.99 USD
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Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
6 hr 15 min
Multi-disc audio CD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
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  1. Differentiate between intentional and unintentional injuries based upon patient presentation.
  2. Explain the five cardinal signs of bruising when considering a potential case of child abuse.
  3. Recognize factors associated with human trafficking and human smuggling.
  4. Analyze the key steps when collecting evidence from sexual assault patients.
  5. Apply strategies to protect against the symptoms of vicarious traumatization.
  6. Classify infant deaths as SUID, SIDS or infant homicide from the symptomology.
  7. Construct a strategy for providing effective testimony as an expert consultant.
  8. Determine which evidence-based screening tool may be best to identify intimate partner violence based on your area of practice.

Injuries: Intentional vs. Unintentional

  • Purpose of correct injury identification
  • Blunt force trauma
    • Bruises
    • Lacerations
    • Fractures
  • Sharp force injuries
    • Cuts
    • Incised wounds
    • Stab wounds
  • Gunshot wounds
    • Penetrating vs. perforating
    • Entrance vs. exit
  • Preserving evidence from trauma patients
  • Documenting injuries

Child Abuse: Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) & Five Cardinal Rules of Bruising

  • Mechanism of injury
  • Early and late signs and symptoms
  • Five cardinal rules of bruising
  • Ophthalmic and skeletal findings
  • Prognosis

Human Trafficking: Challenges Within Our Communities

  • Human trafficking vs. human smuggling
  • Indicators of human trafficking
  • Immediate nursing interventions

Sexual Assault Patients: The Examination Process & Evidence Collection

  • Dynamics of sexual assault
  • Evidence collection
    • Sexual assault evidence collection kit
    • Alternate light source
    • Timing
    • Types of sexual assault evidence: biological & clothing
  • Prophylaxis for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Strangulation: physical signs & documentation

Vicarious Traumatization (VT): Caring for the Healthcare Provider Working in Traumatic Situations

  • Compassion fatigue/burn out
  • Secondary traumatic stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder concerns
  • Positive and negative coping strategies
  • Concept analysis map of VT
  • Prevention

Testifying and Consulting: What Every Nurse Needs to Know

  • Courtroom orientation
  • Factors in the judicial process
  • Testifying: Prosecution/Defense
  • Military Trials
  • Proven techniques for testifying
  • Serving as a consultant: certification, fee setting

Infant Death: Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) & Infanticide

  • Differentiating/symptomology: SUID, SIDS & Infanticide
  • Accidental strangulation and suffocation in bed
  • Case studies (WARNING: graphic presentation with autopsy photos)
  • Prevention

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Recognition and Evidence-Based Practices

  • High-risk populations affected by IPV: adult, elder, teen, pregnant
  • Direct and indirect indicators of IPV
  • Cycle of violence
  • Evidence-based tools for identification
    • OARS
    • RADAR
    • Abuse Assessment Screen
  • Disclosure: now what?
  • Effects of IPV on children


Pamela Tabor has extensive experience in the field of forensic sciences, which is evident through her many accomplishments and pursuits. Currently, Pamela works as a consultant to the Department of Defense, serving as an expert in sexual assault trials and providing lectures and workshops from local to international venues. Additionally, she is a certified law enforcement instructor and provides multidisciplinary trainings on topics including pediatric fatalities, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Scene Investigation and sexual assault.

Pamela is devoted to advancing nurses' understanding and involvement in forensics practice and has developed two highly recognized programs: Arkansas Infant & Child Death Review Program and the first hospital-based sexual assault unit in Arkansas. Pamela was named inaugural director for both programs and received recognition from the governor. Pamela has testified before the legislature on numerous occasions and has been invited to the Pentagon to consult. She is serving her second term as Director at Large for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and earned the Distinguished Fellow recognition in 2015.

Pamela has recently authored the chapter on death investigation in the Core Curriculum for Forensic Nurses and has edited and contributed to two editions of the Healthcare Protocol Manual for Sexual Assault. Pamela also worked on the Intimate Partner Guidelines, and is currently in the strangulation protocol workgroup, both with the IAFN. She received her doctorate in forensic nursing practice from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and her MNSc and BSN from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Center. Additionally, she is a board certified Advance Forensic Nurse.

Speaker Disclosures

Financial: Dr. Pamela Tabor is the Director of Arkansas Infant and Children Death Review Program. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dr. Pamela Tabor is the Director at Large for the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
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