Forensic Nursing: a global perspective

Alyson M Kettles, C. Peternelj-Taylor, P. Woods, A. Hufft, T. van Erven, Martin Hans, U. Donisch-Siedel, A. Kuppen, C. Holmes, R. Almvik, T. Hatling, D. K. Robinson

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Over the last decade there has been considerable growth in the role that psychiatric nurses play in providing care for the mentally disordered offender (MDO). Yet there has been little written about this specialty from a global perspective. Examination of the literature illustrates a large body of research and development programmes reporting the development of services to the MDO, for example, self-harm and clinical risk assessment. Such service development is growing at a rapid pace, yet training and education to meet the needs of this patient group is something that is added onto post registration courses. Furthermore, the lack of vision and career pathways into forensic care is stifling a growing profession, which is subject to continual permanent change and investigation. Leaders and professional associations have contributed little to this unique nursing group which plays a major role in the multidisciplinary care of a very demanding set of patient needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-41
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Forensic Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001


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