Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Forensic)
Course code: 3884 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertNurs(Forens) ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 2 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Study mode and course location
Off-campus (Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Southbank - P/T only)
This course, offered by the Department of Forensic Medicine, aims to assist those with an interest in pursuing professional development in the area of forensic nursing. Areas covered are: forensic knowledge and nursing responsibilities in forensic cases; clinical consultations with victims of crime and offenders; medico-legal report writing and provision of evidence in court; theoretical and cultural aspects of interpersonal violence.
On completion of the course, Graduates will have gained the knowledge, skills and attributes (theoretical and practical) necessary to: provide a comprehensive nursing service for victims of interpersonal violence; demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the forensic and nursing responsibilities in forensic cases; obtain highly developed communication skills in clinical consultations with victims of crime and offenders; write medico-legal reports and provide evidence in courts on a range of clinical situations and consultations; liaise effectively with associated agencies, law enforcement, criminal justice system and counselling services on issues surrounding individual cases; and comprehend theoretical and cultural aspects of interpersonal violence.
The course consists of four core units:
Assessment includes case study reports, presentations, online discussion, workbook, clinical placement/attachment.
Dr Angela Williams