Harris County Forensic Nurse Examiners
Center of Forensic Excellence

What is Forensic Nursing?

What is Forensic Nursing? 

What is a Forensic Nurse?

A forensic nurse is a nurse that provides specialized care for patients that are victims or perpetrators of trauma. Forensic nurses specialize in a variety of patient populations including a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), interpersonal violence, child and elder abuse, death investigation, corrections and in the aftermath of a disaster. Forensic nurses can practice in various settings, including the hospital, community anti-violence programs, the medical examiner’s office, corrections and psychiatric hospitals.

What is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner? 

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are registered nurses who have specialized knowledge and skills to care for the patient who has experienced sexual assault.