Under limited supervision, the Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) provides comprehensive care to female/male sexual assault patients. The FNE conducts a medical forensic assault history and physical examination as well as evidence collection, preservation, and documentation. The FNE ensures crisis intervention and medical treatment is provided while in the Emergency Department. The FNE coordinates reporting to appropriate police jurisdiction and/or Child Protective Services, if applicable. The FNE will interface with law enforcement and crime labs. The FNE provides referrals to community agencies as well as follow-up referrals for health care. The FNE will participate in legal proceedings including courtroom testimony.
The FNE provides care to patients via therapeutic use of self, the nursing process, the environment/technology, and other healthcare team members, according to established standards. Patients served include all age groups (infant through older adult as identified in Performance Standards) dependant on FNE level of certification.
Graduation from an accredited nursing education program approved by the Board of Nursing or found by the Board to be substantially equivalent to the programs in Maryland. Currently licensed or currently accepted in an RN FNE-A (Adolescent/Adult) program in the state of Maryland. If currently accepted in an RN FNE-A (Adolescent/Adult) program, employee must receive licensure within first year of employment.