Standards of practice for forensic mental health nurses - identifying contemporary practice

Patricia Margaret Martin, Tessa Maguire, Chris Quinn, Jo Ryan, Louise Bawden, Monica Summers

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Abstract

Forensic mental health nursing is a recognized field of nursing in most countries. Despite a growing body of literature describing aspects of practice, no publication has been found that captures the core knowledge, skills, and attitudes of forensic mental health nurses. One group of nurses in Australia have pooled their knowledge of relevant literature and their own clinical experience and have written standards of practice for forensic mental health nursing. This paper identifies the need for standards, provides a summary of the standards of practice for forensic mental health nurses, and concludes with how these standards can be used and can articulate to others the desired and achievable level of performance in the specialty area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171 - 178
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of forensic nursing
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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