Forensic Nursing Programs…
People interested in becoming a forensic nurse by enrolling in a forensic nursing programs will benefit by understanding the differences between online courses and learning on campus. As expected, there are positives and negatives attached to both choices.
Understanding the statistics and trends surrounding the forensic nursing programs and career outlook should help make this decision easier to make as well.
Forensic nursing programs specifically designed to teach people how to become a forensic nurse were first offered back in 1976. These programs taught, and teach, students about maintaining and collecting quality evidence from perpetrators and victims. People that stick with this career usually end up applying for their sexual assault examiner certification eventually.
Many of the forensic nursing programs that fall under this veil are closely related, including Sexual Assault Examiner, Forensic Nurse Examiner, Sexual Assault Nurse Clinician and many others.
There are currently more than 1,800 schools offering forensic nursing programs in the United States [click here for a list of a few of them...]. As of 2010, estimates suggest that there are more than 314,000 forensic nursing professionals working in the U.S; this total increased by 10 percent between 2006 and 2010.
The job growth for forensic nurses during this time period was the fastest of any occupation in the country. Typically, forensic nurses earn anywhere between $44,000 per year and over $140,000 per year in annual salary. The median annual salary for this profession exceeds $76,700. Salaries for forensic nurses is estimated to have increased by around 14 percent between 2006 and 2010.
Whether studying online or on-campus, the curriculum for these programs usually has courses related to perpetrator theory, victimology, interpersonal violence, criminal justice, mental health and the alike. Students can receive their Certificate in Forensic Nursing with online courses that are currently offered by a handful of major universities. There are also opportunities to earn special designations like Sexual Assault Examiner by participating in online course work as well.
These online courses typically count as credit for co9ntuinign education requirements, they may also serve as prerequisites for those interested in taking the International Association of Forensic Nurses written examination.
It’s important to remember, regardless of whether students choose online courses or studying on campus, everyone has to become licensed as a registered nurse before they can qualify as a legitimate forensic nurse. Most students end up earning their forensic nursing certification during graduate school, after they already have some experience working as a registered nurse.
In order to successfully obtain an online certification, most nursing students suggest creating a quiet environment at home that is free of distractions.
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