Nursing Professor in D.C. to Discuss the Needs of Trauma Patients

4/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
(Leavenworth, Kan.)—University of Saint Mary Assistant Professor of Nursing Jacqlynn Asherman traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Kansas Congressional Offices about the health needs of patients who have experienced violence and trauma. Asherman was part of a national delegation of 85 forensic nurses, all member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), who convened in Washington, D.C on April 4. The IAFN is a professional organization of nurses providing specialized health care for patients impacted by violence and trauma.   
As part of the Forensic Assessment Consultation and Treatment (FACT) team in the Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Asherman, alongside her 20 colleagues, use advanced assessment and treatment techniques to decrease the health care consequences of violence. Advanced Practice Nurse Jennifer Johnson started this program in 2009—seeing around 100 patients a year. Now, the FACT team treats more than 1,000 victims, and that number continues to rise.
“Best practice forensic nursing care is complex,” explained Asherman. “In addition to treating injuries, our forensic nurse team administers medication to prevent diseases and uses alternate light source photography, microscopy, and dye to detect injuries not visible to the eye. We provide a trauma-informed approach, focused on communication techniques to help our patients feel safe and supported.”      
According to the IAFN, only 14 percent of hospitals have a forensic nurse on staff—and Asherman adds, “The prevalence of violence keeps our forensic nurse team very busy, sadly. We would love it if the lack of violence put our team out of business, but until then, we are here when patients need us.”  
For more information on forensic nursing, email Professor Asherman at or visit the IAFN site.
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