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Forensic Nursing Education Guidelines


Education guidelines serve as a standardized body of knowledge for a specific area of nursing practice. They specify the minimum level of instruction required to ensure competent practice. Practitioners, teachers, and other leaders in the forensic nursing profession have developed, reviewed, and endorse the following forensic nursing education guidelines.


Please access printed copies from the Forensic Nurses Store. Complimentary, downloadable copies are offered below. Please note that your state/province/country may have specific training requirements.  Always check with your local Board of Nursing to ensure your training meets their requirements.



Education guidelines serve to:

  • define the patient population;
  • establish a minimum duration of instruction;
  • include recommendations for trainers or educators;
  • set forth a detailed content outline; and
  • specify recommendations for clinical preceptorship (if any).


Additional Materials

We support the United States Department of Justice's National Training Standards for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners (2006).

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