Career of a Forensic Nurse What are the effects of illegal drugs on teens? By: Ashley Spoon D/Reading 12/6/11
What Are Drugs?
A drug is any substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals
“ You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye”
What Types of Drugs Are There?
Over the counter drugs
Why Do Teens Use Drugs?
Many teens turn to drugs due to peer pressure
To feel better physically
To address feelings of depression
To escape the pressures of school, family, and relationships
To feel euphoric
What are Long Term Effects of Drug Use?
Adversely effects your health
Alters user’s behavior and mental condition
Impedes development in school
Can lead to addiction
Is stressful and unhealthy for drug user’s family members, friends and loved ones
Are There Any Diseases Associated With Drug Use?
Do All Drugs Effect Your Health?
Irresponsible use of drugs, legal or illegal, can adversely effect your body
Medicines, over-the-counter and prescription, can boost your health and be beneficial when used as directed
Career- Forensic Nurse
Forensic nurses deal with crime scene investigative (CSI) matters involving illegal activities such as underage drinking and driving while under the influence, and illegal drug use.
Pay range is $26 - $100 per hour
The future demand for this career is approximately 30% growth over the next decade
With experience, early advancement opportunities are promising
Related careers include physicians, nurses, and crime scene investigation
High School Career Academies
I will attend Atholton High School
I chose to research the Academy of Emergency Medical Technicians
I selected this academy because it deals with medical treatment and first response to crime scene situations, relating closely to my forensic nursing career choice
University of Maryland
Located in College Park, Maryland
Annual Tuition is approximately $7,500
Program requires the completion of 59 prerequisite credits in social and behavioral sciences, the natural and physical sciences, and the arts and humanities before beginning upper-level BSN coursework.
The nursing school enrolls more than 1700 students and is ranked #11 by U.S. News & World Reports.
Volunteered for the Leukemia Society
Performed as the Youth Educator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
Served as Volunteer Group Leader for the Baltimore Community Project
Aided the Ronald McDonald House of Charities in Baltimore, MD
I chose to give my time to these charities because I have empathy and compassion for others, and I’m committed to the well-being of all people.
Prior Job Experience
Preformed the duties of a Sexual Assault Examiner, Howard County Police Dept.
Assisted the Senior Lab Technician, Johns Hopkins Medical Center
Interned as Lead Lab Assistant, Howard County Medical Examiner’s Office