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Domestic Violence Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

A Domestic Violence Nurse works with children, women, the elderly, and any other patients who have dealt with domestic violence. They keep patients safe and care for all their wounds — physical, emotional, and mental. They also keep detailed records of patients’ medical charts for the judicial system. Nurses who venture into this field are becoming pioneers of what is seen as a relatively new and fast-growing discipline.

Things You'll Do:

  • Examine victims
  • Provide victims with support
  • Document patient injuries

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Domestic Violence Registered Nurse.
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  • You can also choose to become a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
  • Pass Your
    Forensic Nursing certification exam (voluntary)
  • Work three years as a Registered Nurse in domestic violence.
  • Become a
    Domestic Violence Nurse

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  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Community clinics
    • Schools
    • Outpatient clinics

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll examine victims, assessing the extent of their injuries, and providing them with support and information regarding help centers and other resources.

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