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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2010 Jun;31(6):425-31. doi: 10.3109/01612840903506444.

Forensic psychiatric/mental health nursing: responsive to social need.

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  • 1University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Forensic nursing is an emerging global nursing specialty, with subspecialties that focus on nursing practice at the clinical-legal interface of tending to victims and offenders, living and deceased. An integrated review of the literature provides an overview of the role development of forensic nursing subspecialties. The subspecialties of forensic nursing that deal with the mental health care of victims and offenders are the focus of this paper. Forensic nursing, like all forensic specialties, developed from a need in society for a medico-legal role. This paper discusses the global role of forensic nursing and argues that role development has been both proactive and responsive to vital needs of victims and offenders in society. Advanced practice forensic nurses have taken leadership roles in the role development of this nursing specialty. A future challenge for forensic psychiatric/mental health nurses with advanced education is to take leadership roles in all areas of psychiatric assessment, intervention, and evaluation of clients.

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