The Forensic Coordinator Registered Nurse (RN) administers and coordinates the assault prevention and response healthcare program designed to provide prompt, sensitive services to victims of sexual assault, non-accidental trauma and other medical exams requiring forensic intervention; ensures the accurate collection of forensic evidence; develops and monitors procedures, and supervises the work of Sexual Assault Forensic Nurse Examiners. Coordination with medical providers for appropriate follow up. Performs other related duties as required.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ROLE
Coordinates care of assault victims with personnel from the Emergency Department, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Family Practice and other specialty clinics.
Conducts assault forensic examinations per the IAFN, OAG, DoJ, and BSWH guidelines in addition to American Medical Association and American Nursing Association guidelines.
Provides information and advice for medical personnel relating to assault health care, fact and expert witness as a Health Care Provider, and pertinent medico-legal issues related to case questions and testimony.
Maintains database records and files related to health care issues on forensic patients.
Develops and maintains standards, policies and procedures, and activities/programs essential to the forensic application of collection of evidence in assault cases, and the administration of medications for prophylactic medication against sexually transmitted infections, HIV protocol, Non Accidental Trauma (NAT) protocol, Drug facilitated sexual assault protocol and pregnancy prevention.
Applies knowledge and skills of biomedical/medico-legal investigation in the immediate nursing interventions and follow-up care of victims of violence.
Develops public relations plans, and conducts educational and awareness programs for law enforcement, advocates, medical staff, and the community. Consults with government and civilian specialty groups on assault care as needed. Consults with public and/or private organizations and/or individuals in the current processes and/or procedures of assault care.
Recruits, selects, trains, and evaluates performance of assault examiners responsible for performing physical and forensic exams on assault victims and collecting evidence.
Provides guidance on assault examination procedures as an expert practitioner in forensic evidence collection. Participates in Multidisciplinary Team meetings, child fatality review, OAG coordinator conference.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
Knowledge of a wide range of professional nursing principles, nursing concepts, and practices including those necessary to assess needs of an assault victim and other forensic patients.
Knowledge of basic forensic, non-accidental trauma, sexual assault examination techniques.
Knowledge of the methods used to provide health counseling and education to patients, families, and community groups.
Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations; standards and guidelines of certifying and accrediting bodies; hospital and department/unit standards, protocols, policies and procedures governing the provision of nursing care applicable to the area of assignment.
Knowledge of medical terminology; principles and practices of health promotion, risk reduction, illness and disease prevention and management; medications and drugs, common dosages, their physical and physiological effects, and possible adverse reactions.
Knowledge of medical and professional nursing ethics and patient privacy rights.
Must be able to communicate thoughts clearly, both verbally and in writing.
Interpersonal skills to interact with a wide-range of constituencies.
Must have critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Ability to observe changes in the medical condition of patients and effectively communicate these changes to other nursing staff members and physicians/providers.
Ability to provide age-specific, quality, patient-centered care to all patients through the nursing process and standards of nursing practice with sensitivity and respect for the diversity of human experience and to develop, evaluate, implement and, as necessary, modify a patient care plan to meet the needs of individual patients.
General computer skills, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office, information security, scheduling and payroll systems, electronic medical documentation, and email.
Completion of a 64 hour Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.
Our competitive benefits package includes the following - Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits - 401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% - Tuition Reimbursement - PTO accrual beginning Day 1 Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level
Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. With a commitment to and a track record of innovation, collaboration, integrity and compassion for the patient, BSWH stands to be one of the nation’s exemplary health care organizations. Our mission is to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a Christian ministry of healing. Joining our team is not just accepting a job, it’s accepting a calling!