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Forensic Nursing

Everything You Need to Know about Forensic Nursing

Forensic nurses work closely with law officials during crime scene investigations to gather evidence and samples from victims of crimes such as sexual or physical assault, murder, accidental death, etc. They can also provide medical findings and testimony for use in court. Forensic nurses are key players in solving criminal cases as well as preventing future crimes; they help bridge the division between the justice system and medicine.

Preparation Path

Attain a BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Gain two or more years of field experience

Earn advanced forensic nursing certification

Typical Tasks

  • Extracting blood and tissue samples
  • Collecting and documenting evidence from the body of the victim
  • Photographing the body and measuring the dimensions of wounds, bruises, etc.
  • Providing testimony in court
  • Educating to prevent future crimes

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Coroners’ offices
  • Medical examiners’ offices
  • Corrections facilities
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Anti-violence community organizations

Annual Salary Range

$59,000 – $89,000


RN, Advanced Forensic Nursing Certification, Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC)

Education Requirements


Ready to start your path to becoming a forensic nurse?