Positions

Overview

  • Patricia M. Speck graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing in 1982 (BSN), 1985 (MSN), and 2005 (DNSc). After retiring from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing as the DNP Public Health Nursing and DNP Forensic Nursing Concentration Coordinator, she joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing in the Department of Community Health, Outcomes, and Systems.
    Currently, Dr. Speck is a Professor and Coordinator of the graduate Advanced Forensic Nursing program. She is internationally recognized as a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and expert in advanced forensic nursing care of patients experiencing an intersection with the legal system. She consults with the Department of Justice as a subject matter expert, with universities, and internationally in Africa, Eurasia, the Caribbean, and Central, South and North America with governments, universities, institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations to evaluate and implement infrastructure change in response to victims of violence. As a forensic nursing practice expert and researcher, she develops policy, evaluates programs and builds nursing workforce capacity through publication, education, and violence prevention initiatives. Her research currently focuses on health outcomes following violence and DNA detection. She was President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (2003-2004), Chair, American Public Health Association's Family Violence Prevention Forum/Caucus (2011-2013), Her awards include: Fellow American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2008), Distinguished Fellow, International Association of Forensic Nurses (2001) and Distinguished Fellow, Academy of Forensic Nursing (2018), and Fellow, American Academy of Nurses (2002). She is the recipient of over 25 awards and received the Lifetime Professional Impact Award from End Violence Against Women International in 2017.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 American Academy of Nursing Policy Brief: Military sexual traumaNursing Outlook.  67:486-491. 2019
    2019 A concept analysis of trauma coercive bonding in the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of ChildrenJournal of Pediatric Nursing.  46:48-54. 2019
    2018 Policy brief on the nursing response to human traffickingNursing Outlook.  66:407-411. 2018
    2017 Understanding Negative Predictive Value of Diagnostic Tests Used in Clinical PracticeDimensions in Critical Care Nursing.  36:22-29. 2017
    2016 Lessons Learned from Expansion of a Public Health Nursing Doctorate in Nursing Practice ProgramNursing Education Perspectives.  37:230-231. 2016
    2016 Qualitative analysis of the lived experience of first-time nurse responders in disasterJournal of Continuing Education in Nursing.  47:61-71. 2016
    2015 Assessment of the Feasibility of Barber-Led Sexual Education for African-American Adolescent Males 2015
    2014 Case series of sexual assault in older personsClinics in Geriatric Medicine.  30:779-806. 2014
    2014 Women, infant and children (WIC) peer counselor contact with first time breastfeeding mothersPublic Health Nursing.  31:3-9. 2014
    2013 Analysis of possible sexual assault or abuse in a 67-year-old female with early dementia post-brain attackAdvanced Emergency Nursing Journal.  35:217-239. 2013
    2013 Nursing students and intimate partner violence education: Improving and integrating knowledge into health care CurriculaJournal of Professional Nursing.  29:233-239. 2013
    2013 Preliminary Findings of the Relationship of Lower Heart Rate Variability with Military Sexual Trauma and Presumed Posttraumatic Stress DisorderJournal of Traumatic Stress.  26:249-256. 2013
    2012 The element of naturalness when evaluating image quality of digital photo documentation after sexual assaultAdvanced Emergency Nursing Journal.  34:250-258. 2012
    2011 Evaluation of image quality of digital photo documentation of female genital injuries following sexual assaultJournal of Forensic Nursing.  7:182-189. 2011
    2011 Usefulness: Forensic photo documentation after sexual assaultAdvanced Emergency Nursing Journal.  33:29-38. 2011
    2010 The forensic nurse and violence prevention and response in public healthJournal of Forensic Nursing.  6:151-156. 2010
    2010 Photo documentation image quality scoring system in the evaluation of female genital injuries following sexual assaultAdvanced Emergency Nursing Journal.  32:272-281. 2010
    2010 Effects of Medicare Changes on a Behavioral Health APN PracticeJournal for Nurse Practitioners.  6:707-714. 2010
    2009 Disability and the church: how wide is your door?Journal of Christian Nursing.  26. 2009
    2009 Alphabet soup of credentials and sorting it all out.On The Edge: The Official Newsletter of the IAFN2009
    2009 Inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in the faith community: A ministry for nurses.Journal of Christian Nursing2009
    2008 Vulnerable Populations: Drug Court Program ClientsNursing Clinics of North America.  43:477-489. 2008
    2005 Forensic nursing: more than 'CSI'.Reflections on nursing leadership / Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.  31. 2005
    2004 Issues and dynamics of sexually assaulted adolescents and their families 2004
    2001 SANE: Advocate, forensic technician, nurse?Journal of Emergency Nursing.  27:91-93. 2001
    1999 Forensic nursing: Where law and nursing intersect.Advance for nurse Practitioners1999
    1999 Forensics in NP practice.Advance for nurse Practitioners.  7:18. 1999
    1998 Establishing a forensic nurse council within a state nurses association: the Tennessee Nurses Association Council of Forensic Nurses.Journal of Emergency Nursing.  24:169-170. 1998
    1997 Child sexual abuse examination: Is there a need for routine screening for N. gonorrhoeae?Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  9:79-80. 1997
    1996 Criminal interpersonal violence: laws every nurse should know.Tennessee nurse / Tennessee Nurses Association.  59:26-29. 1996
    1996 Domestic violence: role of the RN.Tennessee nurse / Tennessee Nurses Association.  59. 1996
    1996 Forensic considerations for the emergency department.Tennessee nurse / Tennessee Nurses Association.  59:19-21. 1996
    1996 Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center: consent for pregnancy prevention.Journal of Emergency Nursing.  22:253-255. 1996
    1995 20 years of community nursing service: Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center.Tennessee nurse / Tennessee Nurses Association.  58:15-18. 1995
    1995 Adolescent victims of sexual assaultJournal of Adolescent Health.  17:372-375. 1995
    1995 Sexual assault and multiple trauma: A sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) challengeJournal of Emergency Nursing.  21:466-468. 1995
    1993 City of Memphis sexual assault resource center: Program summary.The Forensic Nursing Record: the Official Publication of the International Association of Forensic nurses1993
    1993 Legal-ease: A guide for nurses about practice.The Forensic Nursing Record: the Official Publication of the International Association of Forensic nurses1993
    1993 Regional news report: Southeast.The Forensic Nursing Record: the Official Publication of the International Association of Forensic nurses1993
    1993 Tip (thorough investigative process for SANE practice).The Forensic Nursing Record: the Official Publication of the International Association of Forensic nurses1993
    1992 Male Victims of Sexual Assault 1992
    1992 Counseling Sexual Assault Victims Who Become Pregnant After the Assault: Benefits and Limitations of First-Trimester Paternity Determination 1992
    1992 Summary reports of presentations: International association of forensic nurses.Forensic Nursing Record: The Official Publication of the International Association of Forensic Nurses1992
    1991 Confidentiality in cases of rape: a concept reconsidered. 1991
    1991 Forensic evaluation of child sexual abuse victims: Educating the professionalsTennessee Networker1991
    1991 Genital abnormalities in female siblings and friends of child victims of sexual abuseChild Abuse and Neglect.  15:105-110. 1991

    Book

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Domestic Violence and Nonfatal Strangulation Assessment 2020
    2018 Child Sexual Abuse Assessment SANE/SAFE Forensic Learning Series 2018
    2018 Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Assessment 2018
    2017 Child abuse quick reference (3rd Ed) 2017
    2017 Manual nonfatal strangulation assessment for health care providers and first responders: Forensic learning series 2017
    2017 Sexual assault across the lifespan: Special settings and survivor populations (2nd Ed.) Vol. 3 of 3. St. Louis, MO: TM Learning LLC 2017
    2017 Sexual assault victimization across the lifespan: Investigation, diagnosis, and the multidisciplinary team.  Ed. 1.  2017
    2017 Sexual assault victimization across the lifespan: Victimization across the lifespan (2nd Ed.) Vol. 2 of 3. 2017
    2016 Sexual assault: Quick reference (2nd Ed) 2016
    2015 Recognition of child abuse for the mandated reporter 4E 2015
    2012 Entry-level adolescent and adult sexual assessment: SANE/SAFE forensic learning series 2012
    2012 Intermediate-level adolescent and adult sexual assault assessment: SANE/SAFE forensic learning series 2012
    Forensic nursing scope and standards of practice

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Dementia and memory disorders in abuse in the elderly.  55-83. 2019
    2019 Sexual assault and rape of the older person.  139-162. 2019
    2019 Wound identification and physical abuse.  107-138. 2019
    2018 Child abuse & neglect 2018
    2018 Elder abuse and neglect 2018
    2018 Elder abuse and neglect [in Section 1: Emergency & Critical Care Nursing 2018
    2018 Sexual assault and rape 2018
    2017 Bruises and burns (Chapter 5) 2017
    2017 DNA and evidence collection (Chapter 17) 2017
    2017 Introduction to child maltreatment (Chapter 1) 2017
    2017 Ophthalmic manifestations and oral injuries (Chapter 6) 2017
    2017 Pregnancy (Chapter 13) 2017
    2017 Sexual abuse (Chapter 10) 2017
    2017 The sexual abuse interview (Chapter 11) 2017
    2017 Health outcomes from a lifetimes of violence. 2017
    2017 Informed consent and sexual assault. 2017
    2017 Rape and sexual abuse in elderly 2017
    2016 Forensic evaluation of adolescents and adults 2016
    2016 Anogenital anatomy.  29-59. 2016
    2016 Pregnancy.  229-240. 2016
    2016 Sexually transmitted infections.  209-228. 2016
    2016 Special settings.  263-282. 2016
    2012 Interpersonal: Intimate partner, child and elder violence - 3 levels of prevention.  117-139. 2012
    2011 Basic anogenital and oral anatomy 2011

    Research Overview

  • forensic nursing education and practice; health policy; global health; child and elder abuse, sexual and domestic violence, health disparities, social determinants of health
  • Teaching Activities

  • NUR614 - Assess Diag Reasoning APN Prac (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • NUR614 - Assess Diag Reasoning APN Prac (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • NFN623 - Advanced Forensic Nursing II (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • NUR614 - Assess Diag Reasoning APN Prac (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • NFN622 - Advanced Forensic Nursing I (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR004 - UAB Nursing Orientation (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR004 - UAB Hospital Orientation- CRNA (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR614 - Assess Diag Reasoning APN Prac (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR614 - Assess Diag Reasoning APN Prac (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • NFN623 - Advanced Forensic Nursing II (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR004 - UAB Hospital Orientation- CRNA (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR614 - Assess Diag Reasoning APN Prac (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • NFN622 - Advanced Forensic Nursing I (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • NUR004 - UAB Hospital Orientation- CRNA (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • NUR004 - UAB Hospital Orientation- CRNA (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • NUR004 - UAB Hospital Orientation- CRNA (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • NUR004 - UAB Hospital Orientation- CRNA (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • NUR004 - UAB Hospital Orientation- CRNA (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • NUR606 - Translating Evidence into Prac (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • NUR004 - UAB Hospital Orientation- CRNA (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • NRM798L - Research Immersion (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR690 - Indep Study in Nursing (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR606 - Translating Evidence into Prac (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR604 - Ldrship in Adv Nur Prac Roles (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR606 - Translating Evidence into Prac (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR731 - Foundations for Adv Prac Nurs (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR731 - Foundations for Adv Prac Nurs (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR606 - Translating Evidence into Prac (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • NWH631 - Women's Health Adv Nur Pract I (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Nursing Science, University of Tennessee System : Memphis 2005
  • Master of Nursing in Public Health / Community Nurse / Nursing, University of Tennessee System : Memphis 1985
  • Bachelor of Nursing in Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse, University of Tennessee System : Memphis 1982
  • Full Name

  • Patricia Speck