Social Justice Disparities in Utilizing Forensic Nurses – The Innovative Generalist Perspective

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 21, 2022

Debra Holbrook, MSN, RN, SANE-A, FNE A/P, DF-AFN, FAAN
Mercy Medical Center
Treasurer, Academy of Forensic Nursing
Catherine Rossi
Catherine Rossi, FNP-C, RN, MSN, SANE-A, SANE-P, DF-AFN
Forensic Nursing Program Manager, Cone Health System, Immediate Past President, Academy of Forensic Nursing

Forensic nurses have historically been deployed for cases of sexual assault and are under-utilized by law enforcement, advocates, and healthcare settings. As our communities experience even greater numbers of violent crimes, it is essential that forensic nurses are better utilized to care for victim patients and create stronger outcomes. The “generalist perspective” is a paradigm shift designed to eliminate the inequities between victims of violence and assures that all victims of trauma across the lifespan are cared for by skilled, trauma-informed nurses. The generalist model assures care responses that work in urban, rural, and tribal communities with a variety of staffing options.

This session offers guidance to assure that communities care for all victims of crime in an equitable system designed to serve victims of elder abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, dating violence, trafficking, strangulation, gun violence, stabbings, non-accidental poisonings, burns and many other types of violence. Attendees will also learn how the generalist model facilitates patients through the medical examiner process and even assists with organ donation needs. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged to attend this session which will provide real solutions to 24/7/365 response to victims of violent crimes.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Define the generalist perspective in forensic nursing response.
  • List a wide variety of victims affected by violent crimes that can be better served using the generalist model.
  • Examine generalist options that are effective in urban, rural, and tribal settings.


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