Forensic Nurse Law and Legal Definition

A forensic nurse refers to a nursing professional trained to give treatment and collect evidence in matters relating to the law.

The following is an example of a case law on forensic nurse:

‘When a child sexual abuse or assault victim is examined by a forensic nurse trained in sexual assault examination, the nurse's testimony regarding statements made by the child during the examination is admissible at trial under the medical diagnosis or treatment. The testimony regarding a victim's statements to a forensic nurse was admissible due to the fact that the statements were obtained for a combination of purposes, both medical and forensic.’ [State v. Payne, 225 W. Va. 602, 608 (W. Va. 2010)].