How Healthcare Providers Can Help Reduce Officer Involved Shootings


  • Dr. Nina Beaman, RN, Ed.D., MSN, BA, ADN, AAS Independence University


Officer-involved shootings, Forensic nursing, Law-enforcement assisted suicide


While the number of officer involved shootings to officer encounters with the public is actually very low, any officer involved shooting can bring tremendous stress to the officer, family members, and community. For that reason, a review of literature of officer training, officer policies, and successful interventions was conducted in order to enlighten healthcare providers on how best to assure primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Officers and former officers were interviewed to obtain anecdotal evidence that supported the published literature. Recommendations would be that healthcare providers learn more about officer involved shootings from the officers’ viewpoint in order to best care for the officers, their families, and their community.





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