Camden, N.J. – November 12th is Forensic Nurses Day and this week is Forensic Nurses Week, designated to recognize the dedicated nurses who provide exceptional care to patients impacted by violence, abuse, and trauma.
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office has a team of 20 specially trained forensic nurses to serve the community and is looking to add more.
Forensic Nurses are registered nurses (RNs) who have obtained specialized training to work with victims of crimes, collect medical evidence, and provide testimony in court proceedings. Forensic nursing requires knowledge and training in a variety of disciplines like nursing, forensic science, and the legal system. These nurses play an integral role in connecting the worlds of medicine and law.
Victims can come to or be referred to one of the four participating hospitals in the county: Cooper University Medical Center in Camden, Virtua at Our Lady of Lourdes in Camden, Jefferson Stratford Hospital or Virtua Voorhees Hospital. All victims will receive the comprehensive care of a forensic nurse 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at those participating facilities.
“Through our forensic nursing services, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office provides the community with a vital resource to ensure patients impacted by violence and abuse receive the specialized care they deserve,” said Theresa McLaughlin, Program Coordinator of the CCPO’s Forensic Nurse Program.
Forensic nursing is one of the fastest growing areas of nursing. If you are a New Jersey Licensed RN with two years of clinical experience and are interested becoming a forensic nurse, you can reach out to Theresa McLaughlin to learn more.
Program Coordinator, Camden County Prosecutor’s Forensic Nurse Program