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J Forensic Nurs. 2017 Jan/Mar;13(1):35-38. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000137.

Forensic Nursing Provides Closure in Workplace Fatality.

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Case Report Editor: Dr. Brian McKenna, School of Clinical Sciences Auckland University of Technology, brian.mckenna@aut.ac.nz. Author Affiliation: WorkSafeBC, Aspen University School of Nursing, and British Columbia Institute of Technology-Forensic Health Sciences.

Abstract

The Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia in Canada is the provincial agency mandated to investigate workplace injuries and fatalities. In 2012, the Fatal and Serious Injuries Investigation section of this organization initiated the integration of forensic nursing expertise into the investigation of workplace incidents. The goals were to improve investigative outcomes and aid in prevention initiatives by achieving a more accurate understanding of incident causation through the application of forensic nursing science. An unexpected outcome of the use of forensic nursing expertise was providing closure for families through a deeper understanding of their loved one's tragic workplace incident.

PMID:
28212198
DOI:
10.1097/JFN.0000000000000137
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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