RN-FORENSIC NURSE EXAMINER-Center of Hope in Indianapolis, IN at Eskenazi Health

Date Posted: 12/26/2019

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Job Description

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: Hospital  

Req ID:  2829 

Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Nights 

Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 315-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.


The Forensic Nurse Examiner RN identifies and coordinates services throughout Eskenazi Health Health Services to meet the acute needs of primary and secondary forensic patients. This position serves as a resource for all health care providers in the coordination and management for the care of primary and secondary forensic patients.


  • Identify and coordinate services throughout Eskenazi Health Health Services to meet the acute needs of primary and secondary forensic patients.
  • Strive for improved patient care with a focus on positive outcomes through primary roles of leadership, consultant, educator, and researcher.
  • Serve as a role model for excellence in clinical practice to promote improvement in patient care.
  • Serve as a resource for all health care providers in the coordination and management for the care of primary and secondary forensic patients.
  • Provide crisis intervention to primary and secondary forensic patients.
  • Facilitate the patient’s choice to prosecute by providing support and referrals to the criminal justice system.
  • Identify resources and make referrals for health care and long-term therapy needs for primary and secondary forensic patients.
  • Coordinate Center of Hope educational offerings in both the professional and community settings, including networking to create opportunities for educational programs.
  • Assist with the coordination of training opportunities for new forensic nurse examiners and other medical professionals.
  • Seek grant funding and implementation of grant projects to sustain and further develop the Center of Hope program.
  • Maintain Center of Hope patient records in a database.
  • Submit applications for victim assistance funds as applicable.
  • Testify in court as needed.
  • Impact patient care indirectly by reviewing, revising, implementing and evaluating standards of care, clinical practice guidelines, policies, and procedures for forensic issues.
  • Participate in critical incident stress debriefing activities as needed.
  • Market the Center of Hope program to health care, law enforcement, and the lay communities, thereby enhancing the image of the hospital.
  • Review and critique pertinent research literature related to primary and secondary forensic patients and promotes research utilization to improve patient care.
  • Contribute to the professional nursing literature.
  • May design and implement research studies related primary and secondary forensic patients, and disseminate results as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Center of Hope Program Manager, Emergency Department Manager, Director, or emergency department charge nurse
  • Function as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department when all forensic nursing duties have been completed.


  • Performs all other job-related duties as assigned


  • Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
  • Current Indiana licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing preferred
  • Minimum 3-5 years of recent acute care clinical experience as a registered nurse required
  • Minimum 2 years of recent clinical forensic nursing experience required
  • Current BLS, ACLS, TNCC, and ENPC (or PALS) required
  • Completion of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner course in accordance with the International Association of Forensic Nurses Education Guidelines is required
  • Certification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for Adults and Adolescent (SANE-A) by the International Association of Forensic Nurses required within 1 year of accepting this position
  • Certification as a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) preferred



  • Advanced Skills in:
    • Clinical nursing practice, use of equipment/instruments relevant to unit/area care, according to policies, procedures, and standards
    • Effective interpersonal communication and team skills which include listening, interviewing techniques with patients, families, and staff.
    • Assessment, reassessment, and monitoring of patients
    • Concise, accurate, legible documentation
    • Problem solving techniques, critical thinking skills, decision making
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to:
    • Provide care appropriate to meet the age and cultural needs of the patients served.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of growth and development of the life span.
    • Ability to assess data/interpret appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to age specific needs as well as clinical indications
    • Complete applications for victims assistance funds for primary and secondary funds as applicable
    • Participate in root cause analysis of forensic issues at Eskenazi Health as needed
    • Use computer programs including Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of:
    • Fundamental nursing theories and current clinical concepts of care
    • Disease processes and related treatments/care/medications
    • Departmental/hospital policies/protocols
    • Infection control procedures and protocols
    • Treatments/medications
    • Diagnostic/therapeutic procedures and interventions
    • Resources for primary and secondary forensic patients
  • Ability to:
    • Work effectively and cooperatively with a multidisciplinary team consisting of professionals and paraprofessional persons from various community agencies, Eskenazi Health and other hospitals, and law enforcement
    • Communicate orally and in writing in a concise and easily understandable manner, including grant writing, patient documentation, public speaking, and in interactions with other agencies
    • Provide consultation to other professionals regarding dynamics of victimization and local resources for primary and secondary forensic patients
    • Testify in court
    • Maintain confidential patient information
    • Maintain chain of custody for records, photographs, and forensic evidence
    • Understand and comply with mandatory reporting requirements for incidents of abuse and neglect
    • Develop, present, and implement educational programs as needed on the care of forensic patients
    • Prioritize tasks and work effectively with complex tasks under pressure/time restraints/irregular schedules
    • Understand and ability to address special issues of primary and secondary victims
    • Recognize medical, legal, and social responsibilities in caring for forensic patients
    • Advocate for primary and secondary forensic patients


  • Maintains patient and family confidentiality
  • Maintains protected health information in accordance with HIPAA privacy guidelines and regulations
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient information according to HIPAA guidelines including forensic records and photographs and database of patient information


  • Employee may work independently under the general direction of their leader


  • Primary and secondary forensic patients at Eskenazi Health and in the community
  • Center of Hope coordinator, Center of Hope social worker, forensic nurse examiners, social work students, volunteer advocates, medical director, physicians, students, and other hospital staff
  • Prosecutor’s office from Marion and surrounding counties
  • Law enforcement agencies for Marion and surrounding counties
  • Personnel from other Centers of Hope
  • Professional and paraprofessional persons from various community agencies


  • Must be willing to be on-call and work irregular hours due to the nature of program
  • Work is broad. Judgment is required and discretion allowed in choosing and adapting processes for patients.
  • Patience and sensitivity to work in an emotionally charged field with a variety of professional and paraprofessional personnel
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work effectively under pressure, time restraints, and irregular schedule
  • Perform duties and effectively respond in stressful environment and situations, mentally and physically
  • Must be mentally capable of processing information quickly. Demands good judgment in complex problem solving situations concerning patient care services or staff issues
  • Attend at least 75% of staff meetings on an annual basis
  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel within Indiana to perform and attend trainings
  • Able to arrive at work during severe weather conditions (snow, wind, hail , thunderstorms, extreme heat/cold) Strives to provide quality care that upholds the dignity of all
  • Maintains objectivity in supervisory duties
  • Physical stamina, considerable walking, standing, lifting/moving of patients
  • Able to walk or stand 6 to 8 hours at a time
  • Able to twist, bend and kneel in order to meed patient care needs
  • Able to safely position and/.or transfer patients independently
  • Able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs independently (patient and/or equipment) overhead
  • Must be able to use hands, wrist, arms and both legs simultaneously. (May not work with devices such as splints, casts that limit ability to perform duties or impede hand washing or other infection control practices.
  • Must be able to safely position and transfer patients independently
  • Able to move quickly in emergency situations in unit/department and hospital.
  • Able to participate in CPR or other resuscitative procedures on appropriate populations.
  • Care of effort to avoid injury and infection. Must be able to remain awake and alert at all times


  • May be required to attend meetings or perform work remote from clinic or hospital campus
  • Duties performed in office, hospital/clinical, educational, community and courtroom settings
  • Exposure to communicable diseases, infections
  • Risk of injury from lifting/moving patients and/or equipment, combative patients

Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation’s 150 best places to work by Becker’s Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America’s best midsize employers’ Eskenazi Health’s programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city’s primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care – Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, just to name a few.


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