Forensic nurses care for patients of any age who have been victims of some violent or traumatic crime. They are skilled at delivering compassionate care to those who have been abused, neglected, or sexually assaulted. Forensic nurses collect evidence to be examined and must use their investigative skills to evaluate the accuracy of the clinical history.
Forensic nurses have a strong interest in law enforcement. They may be involved in providing expert testimony in court. They often work with pathologists and coroners to help determine the cause of death. Additionally, forensic nurses participate in activities to prevent violent criminal activities and often branch in disciplines involving forensic psychiatric nursing or death investigation.