A Forensic Nurse (RN) earns an average salary of $68,640 per year.

$28.88 - $38.37
(Median)
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$33
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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Hourly Rate
$33.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$45,753 - $92,320  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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Job Description for Forensic Nurse (RN)

Forensic nurses (RNs) provides care to victims and/or perpetrators of violence, providing specialized healthcare services as well as forensic services. Duties performed by a forensic nurse include providing nursing care to victims and/or perpetrators, collecting evidence such as blood samples, taking photographs of injuries, and providing support to and taking detailed reports from victims. They may serve as expert witnesses in court as well, and they must be able to work collaboratively with law enforcement professionals and the district attorney's office. Often, forensic nurses act as a liaison between the victim and other medical personnel and/or law enforcement.

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Forensic Nurse (RN) Tasks

  • Help investigate crimes by collecting evidence and testifying in courts about their interaction with patients.
  • Help investigate deaths, trauma, drug abuse, and environmental and public hazards on an on-call basis.
  • Provide assessment, screening, treatment, and forensic evidence collection for victims of crimes including sexual assault.

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Experience Affects Forensic Nurse (RN) Salaries

Entry-Level
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Late-Career
0%

National Average
$69,000

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
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