Forensic Nurse- SAFE YORK Hospital- PRN

York, PA | Nursing | Tracking Code: 46250

General Summary:

Under general supervision, provides objective forensic evaluation as outlined by the United States Department of Justice.  Forensic examination will be completed after the patient is assessed for injury/condition(s) that would require immediate medical intervention.  Once any immediate medical conditions are stabilized or it is determined that immediate medical intervention is not required, the forensic exam may be completed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Completes a forensic exam including, but not limited to: Triage of the patient for injury; obtaining information about health history and information regarding the crime to guide assessment; obtaining informed consent prior to beginning examination; performing an extensive head to toe physical examination for the purpose of identifying injury and obtaining forensic evidence; collecting and preserving evidence maintaining chain of custody; collecting urine and blood samples and sending them to designated laboratory as indicated by patient’s reporting of events; treating and/or referring patient for further medical treatment and follow up; providing prophylactic treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy prevention; providing referrals for community resources and follow-up; ensuring patient has a safe environment to go to when he/she leaves the care of the forensic nurse examiner; providing patient teaching for the examination and medical implications of the reported event; and obtaining court ordered evidence.
  • Provides courtroom testimony when required.
  • Assists other disciplines with forensic care concerns when necessary.
  • Uses a multidisciplinary approach when providing forensic care.
  • Prepares and maintains written documentation required by the profession and the emergency department.


Department Description:

York Hospital Nursing supports the mission and vision through a centralized department of nursing. We strive to be the best in the eyes of our patients, family, staff, and community by providing safe, evidence based practice leading to exemplary outcomes. Each professional nurse accepts the accountability and responsibility for his/her professional practice by fostering an environment that supports leading change, responding to the healthcare needs of our community and advancing health. Nurses at YH are lifelong learners who value continued professional development and education. They are role models in honesty, responsibility, upholding human dignity, ease of human suffering and equality of all patients. Helping others in need and improving the quality of life for all is the act of behaving in a manner defined by the profession. YH nurses are active participants in decisions about patient care and nursing practice, and commit to upholding professional nursing standards at local, state and national levels.
Required Skills

RN license (PA)


Certification preferred

Required Experience

1-2 years of ED or equivalent acute care experience

About WellSpan
Quality of Life

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Quality of Life
Quality of Life

Founded in 1741, the city of York is considered by many as the first capital of the United States. The Articles of Confederation were signed by the Second Continental Congress here in 1777. Its beautifully restored historic district is an architectural treasure. While York retains its farming and manufacturing heritage, at its heart York is a thriving cultural community that has attracted creative talent and innovative entrepreneurial investors from across the nation.

Life in York County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, semi-professional baseball team, fine dining and more — within an easy drive of major East Coast cities.

York County residents can find local employment in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, agricultural and service sectors. (Patient population: 445,000)

Equal Opportunity Employment

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

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