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Role Implications for Nurses Caring for Gunshot Wound Victims

Snow, Angela F. MSN, RN; Bozeman, James Michael MS

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0b013e3181e65fec

Emergency department registered nurses treat victims of violent acts because the emergency department is usually the initial area of treatment. The nursing care of gunshot wound victims includes not only physical and immediate needs but also forensic and anticipated needs. The purpose of this article is to describe 3 types of gunshot wound forensic evidence and the nurses' roles when treating victims of gunshot wounds.

University of Texas School of Nursing, Houston (Ms Snow); and Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado (Mr Bozeman).

Correspondence: Angela F. Snow, MSN, RN, 6901 Bertner Av 687, Houston, TX 77030 (

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