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School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
nrsinfo@oakland.edu
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
nrsinfo@oakland.edu
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Information Session Presentation

Oakland University School of Nursing MSN Information Session

Admission Requirements

  1. Application for Admission submitted through NursingCAS
  2. Undergrad BSN GPA 3.0 (GRE not required)
  3. All Transcripts submitted directly to NursingCAS
  4. Proof of unrestricted RN license
  5. 1 year of recent clinical experience
  6. Two recommendations for graduate admission
  7. Resume
  8. Professional statement
  9. Interview
Forensic Nursing

Forensic Nursing - The Impact on Health Care Today

Kelly A. Berishaj, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, SANE-A
Forensic Nursing Program Director
Oakland University School of Nursing

“NURSING PRACTICE globally when healthcare and the legal system intersect” (ANA & IAFN, 2009)

Populations Served

  • Sexual Violence
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Elder Maltreatment
  • Mass Casualties
  • Trauma
  • Death
  • Medical Records

Why Forensic Nurses?
Receive specialized education and training in the evaluation and management of patients who are victims, suspects, or perpetrators of violence, trauma, and maltreatment.

Forensic Nursing Practice

  • Conduct a medical-forensic exam which includes:
    • Detailed head-to-toe assessment
    • Trauma/injury identification and documentation
    • Use of specialized examination techniques
    • Evidence collection
    • Court room testimony

Medical Forensic Exam
One Eye on the Patient
One Eye on the Courtroom

Forensic Nursing Practice
COMPREHENSIVE care and services

  • Expert consultation and collaboration with health care team
  • Staff education
  • Policy development
  • Committee work
  • Liaison with community agencies

Forensic Nursing Roles
ForensicNurseHospitalist

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
  • FN Death Investigator
  • Correctional Nurse
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Expert Witness
  • ED/Trauma Nurse
  • Forensic Nurse Consultant
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Women's Health Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Compensation and Disability

Practice Settings

  • Hospital/Pre-Hospital/Clinics
  • Legal/Investigative Settings
  • Governmental Institutions/Organizations
  • Nongovernmental/Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Commercial Enterprises
  • Industrial
  • Custodial Institutions
  • Educational
  • Death Investigation

Certification

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner- Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A)- Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification (CFNC)
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner- Pediatric (SANE-P)- CFNC
  • Registered Medicolegal Death Investigator (RMDI)- American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)
  • Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC)- American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants

Professional Membership

Forensic Nursing Program at Oakland University

  • Master of Science in Nursing- Forensic Nursing
    39 credits, plan of study completed in 28 months
  • Graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing (post-baccalaureate)
    18 credits, plan of study completed in 16 months

What will you learn in this program?

  • Graduate Nursing Core
  • Direct Care Core
  • Functional Area Content (Specialty Courses)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nurses: The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Program Forensic Nursing Track (FN) Plan of Study - Fall start

Forensic Nursing Courses

  • One plan of study option – part-time by university standards
  • Once per year admit with fall start
  • Students can work full-time
  • Courses are hybrid
  • Curriculum prepares students for advanced nursing practice

More Information
Forensic Nursing Program information:
Kelly Berishaj, Program Director, berishaj@oakland.edu
Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Academic Adviser, fox2@oakland.edu
School of Nursing website

International Association of Forensic Nurses

References

  • American College of Emergency Physicians [ACEP]. (2013). Evaluation and management of the sexually assaulted or sexually abused patient (2nd ed.). Retrieved from: www.acep.org/handbook.
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). The essentials of master’s education in nursing.
  • American Nurses Association & International Association of Forensic Nurses. (2017). Forensic nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Silver Springs, MD. ANA and IAFN.American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). The essentials of master’s education in nursing.
  • American Nurses Association and International Association of Forensic Nurses. (2009). Scope & standards of practice: Forensic nursing. Silver Spring, MD.
  • Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community, National Research Council. (2009). Strengthening forensic science in the United States: A path forward. http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12589.html.
  • Emergency Nurses Association. (2018). Position statement: Forensic evidence collection in the emergency care setting.
  • FBI. (2015). FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program. 2015- Crime in the United States. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2015/crime-in-the-u.s.-2015/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/aggravated-assault
  • Institute of Medicine. (2011). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. The National Academies Press: Washington, D.C.
  • Lynch, V.A. & Duval, J.B. (2011). Forensic nursing science (2nd ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Michigan State Police (2014). Michigan incident crime reporting. 2014 All offenses reported by county/agency.
  • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2018). Healthy People 2020- Topics and Objectives Injury and Violence Prevention. https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/injury-and-violence-prevention
  • Truman, J. L., & Morgan, R.E. (2016). U.S. Department of Justice. Criminal Victimization, 2015.
Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner

Application Deadlines

AGPCNP (Primary Care) - Fall Admission Only

  • First Consideration February 15; Final Deadline April 15

FNP (Primary Care) - Fall and Winter Admission

  • Fall- First Consideration February 15; Final Deadline April 15
  • Winter - Final Deadline August 1

AGACNP (Acute Care) - Fall Admission Only

  • Final Deadline July 15

What is an Adult/Gero NP?
Assessing, diagnosing, and treating individual patients spanning from 13 years of age to end of life.

What is a Family NP?
Assessing, diagnosing, and treating individual patients spanning from a pregnant mother to geriatric end of life.

What is NP primary care? And how is it different from an NP acute care?
Primary care is that care provided by specifically trained health care providers for and skilled in comprehensive first contact and continuing care for persons.

Primary care includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings (e.g., office, inpatient, long-term care, home care, day care, etc.)

Acute care is having severe symptoms for a short course of time and treatment:
Hospital, Emergency Room, Surgery

95-98% of our graduates have jobs prior to graduating.

Most obtain their jobs from their clinical sites/rotations.

NP Primary Care clinical rotations:
NRS 6637 (episodic –strep throat)
NRS 6647 (chronic- congestive heart failure)
NRS 6667 (specialty in geriatrics)
or
NRS 6657 (specialty in peds)

Students complete 210 hours in each clinical course with a total of 630 hours.

NP Acute Care clinical rotations:
NRS 6737
NRS 6747
NRS 6767

Students complete a total of 700 clinical hours

Preceptors:
OU assists in finding preceptors. We ask that you find one as well so you can work with whom you would prefer to learn with and from.

MICNP- student chapter

Recruiters

NP Student Pinning

ANCC or AANP certification after graduation

97-100% pass rate, currently

Questions:
Zorica Kauric-Klein, APRN-BC, PhD
Interim Director of NP programs
zkauricklein@oakland.edu

Emily Stepanian-Bennett
Academic Adviser
fox2@oakland.edu