Development of a New Practice Model: Postmortem Sexual Evidence Collection Forensic Examiner Multimedia Training Module
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The aim of this Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) practice improvement initiative was to design an online multimedia training module for postmortem sexual evidence collection. FNEs, as clinical experts in antemortem sexual assault and interpersonal violence evidence collection, are uniquely qualified for the expanded role in postmortem sexual evidence collection. Current forensic literature lacks data regarding injury identification in sexual homicide victims limiting forensic training, new program development and potential advancements in forensic research. Additionally, inconsistent data collection in sexual homicides poses prosecution concerns with identification of sexual homicides and evidentiary examinations. Antemortem and postmortem sexual evidence collections are not identical processes; FNE expertise may not translate to understanding of critical postmortem changes and clinical evidence collection requirements in deceased patients. A multimedia-training module on postmortem evidence collection was developed to expand the role of the FNE. A 25-item survey critiquing essential training module content was distributed to 23 nationally recognized forensic experts. Fifteen surveys were completed and analyzed using descriptive statistics and percent agreement of four content areas. Reviewer comments were also incorporated in the analysis. Expert agreement regarding content was supported with statistically significant Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC = .838, 95% CI = .638, .944, p < .001) and average pairwise agreements of 90.5% and 89.1% respectively. This practice improvement initiative provides the scientific foundation for a multimedia training module as an ideal training platform to expand Forensic Nurse Examiner practice.
|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||Faculty Approved: Degree-based Submission|
|Research Approach||Translational Research/Evidence-based Practice|
|LCSH Subject(s)||Evidence, Criminal|
|MESH Subject(s)||Forensic Nursing|
|MESH Subject(s)||Forensic Nursing|
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