"The interface of nursing, healthcare, and the law confronts nurses in all domains of practice. Angela Amar and Kathy Seukula's new book, A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing, represents a milestone to help guide nurses in their care of victims and their families. The authors have presented excerpts from actual situations of the many people involved in a crime, and the reader of these cases will quickly develop an understanding of the practice of forensic nursing. This is an important book that sheds light on difficult and stressful phenomenons of our times."
-Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, APRN, FAAN
Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College
"Amar and Sekula formalize the notion that all RNs practice forensic nursing. Then they lay a persuasive foundation of theories, forensic science concepts, existing evidence base, and practice exemplars of the common presentation when RN patient care intersects with legal systems. I highly recommend the book to academicians and RNs alike."
-Patricia M. Speck, DNSc, APRN, FNP-BC, DF-IAFN, FAAFS, FAAN
Professor and Program Director for Global Outreach
Department of Family, Community & Health Systems
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
"Amar and Sekula are to be praised for A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing, the latest forensic nursing textbook entrant. A must-have for students, practitioners, and associates, it is particularly strong in the areas of crime perpetration, victimization, and traumatization and how to approach the patient. A focus on principles keeps this book readable, and the tender care of the authoring nurses seeps through the pages. Case studies provide a basis for discussion in class."
George Washington University
Department of Forensic Sciences
"Although forensic nursing was not formally recognized as a specialty in the fields of clinical healthcare and forensic science until a couple of decades ago by the American Academy of Forensic Science and the American Medical Association, experienced and knowledgeable ER physicians, trauma surgeons, psychiatrists, and medicolegal consultants have long been aware of the critical role played by nurses in various matters involving both civil and criminal litigation. Amar and Sekula have organized and edited an excellent volume that covers all aspects of forensic nursing. An outstanding team of expert practitioners and academicians has contributed valuable, practical information that should constitute an essential reference work for not only present and future forensic nurses, but for every nurse whose professional life is devoted to the care and needs of emotionally and physically traumatized individuals in both the medical and legal arenas."
Chair, Board of Advisors for Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Sciences and
Adjunct Professor of Law, Duquesne University
Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology,
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Carlow University
"A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing represents an emerging aspect in nursing education that is designed to support the development of the forensic generalist in nursing science. The content of this book is grounded in the scientific underpinnings of the integrated practice of nursing science, forensic science, and the legal sciences. This publication presents the significance of the broad and complex areas of these merging sciences and the implications for contemporary nursing practice with a focus on the reduction and prevention of human violence. I believe that this excellent text will help to inspire and prepare the highest-quality professionals to represent the vision and purpose of forensic nursing science."
-Virginia A. Lynch, MSN, RN, FCNS, FAAFS, FAAN
Founding President, International Association of Forensic Nurses
Independent Forensic Scholar, Consultant, Author