Meet a Nurse: Jen Marinaccio

What inspired you to become a nurse? 

After undergrad I worked within the organ and tissue donation field for about seven years. It was during this time that I noticed a paradigm shift, wherein patients and their support systems would rely heavily on the bedside nurse to answer their questions, provide support and comfort, and help guide their decision-making process (particularly with end-of-life issues). Observing the excellent care these critical care nurses provided inspired me to go back to school and get my R.N.

What drew you into the field of forensic nursing?

I was raised by an ethics attorney, and married one too - therefore, my role model, my support and I feel a strong need to help bring peace to those that may not have a voice, and justice to those who have committed criminal acts. Additionally, some of my previous training includes studies in forensic anthropology and death investigation. I consider myself so lucky to be able to function in this DCFNE role on a full-time basis, as forensic nursing is still considered an emerging field within the profession.

What is your favorite part of being a nurse?

Along with the importance I place on seeking justice, I also believe in providing compassionate care to the millions of people in our country that are edged out of opportunities for high-quality health care, affordable housing and livable income. Additionally, I appreciate and respect the stock the nursing profession places on higher and continuing education.

What do you do to take care of yourself in such a stressful job?

I am an avid (eclectic) reader, barre and spin attendee, world traveler, dog-parent and absolutely love delicious food and wine. And my husband is pretty darn cool!