The chapters are a rich contribution of cross-cultural thinking on the many dilemmas and challenges facing nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and other health care practitioners, working with specific client groups. Each contributor has utilised empirical data to analyse relevant issues, such as: professional standards; effectiveness of preparation for nurses working within secure environments; day to day and long term challenges facing nurses; clinical effectiveness; the dilemma of security versus practice; how forensic nursing differs from other kinds of nursing; and what forensic nurses can contribute to other mental health care disciplines. Examples of how research findings may be integrated into practice, will be of interest not only to forensic nurses, but also to significant sectors of the mental health care field.
Preface, David K. Robinson and Alyson M. Kettles. 1. Educational aspects of forensic nursing, Laurence A. Whyte. 2. Overview and contemporary issues in the role of the forensic nurse in the UK, Alyson M. Kettles. 3. The practitioner new to the role of forensic psychiatric nurse in the UK, Mick Collins. 4. A two-nation perspective on issues of practice and provision for professionals caring for mentally disordered offenders, Carol Watson. 5. The role of forensic nurses in the community, Christopher Cordess. 6. A forensic psychiatry perspective, Nigel Hopkins. 8. Transfer of case management from forensic social worker to forensic nurse, Jean Jones, Karen Elliott and Rachael Humpston. 9. Reclaiming the soul: A spiritual perspective on forensic nursing, John Swinton. 10. Autonomy and personhood: The forensic nurse as a moral agent, John Swinton. 11. The role of the forensic nurse in clinical supervision, Mary A. Addo. 12. Staff stress, coping skills and job satisfaction in forensic nursing, Kevin Gournay and Jerome Carson. 13. The role of the forensic psychiatric nurse in the Netherlands, Hans-Martin Don and Tom van Erven. 14. Forensic mentasl health care in Australia, Colin Holmes. 15. The role of the forensic nurse in Canada: An evolving speciality, Cindy Peternelj-Taylor. 16. The role of the forensic nurse in the USA, Anita G. Hufft. 17. The role of forensic nurses in Norway, Roger Almvik, Trond Hatling and Phil Woods. 18. The role of the forensic nurse in Germany, Alison Kuppen and Uwe Donisch-Seidel. 19. A global perspective in forensic nursing: Challenges for the 21st century, Virginia A. Lynch and Zug G. Standing Bear. 20. From a reactive past into the proactive new millennium, Alyson M. Kettles and David K. Robinson. Appendix. References. Index.
This book is the first to attempt to capture the essence of forensic nursing practice. The issues it examines include: whether forensic nursing should be a separate specialty, what its content should be; training and education; areas of practice; and practitioners' experiences. International perspectives of forensic nursing are well articulated. The book highlights important research questions and outlines fundamental prerequisites for post-basic training and education. Overall, a valuable source for this much-needed discipline. -- Nursing Times Where it differs from other forensic texts that have been published recently, and this is a key strength of the text, is that the chapter authors have approached the issue from a range of professional backgrounds. Neither is the text confined to what is currently happening in the UK, it updates the reader on forensic work in the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the USA, Norway and Germany. ... I recommend this text, not only as in introductory guide for students, but also for those in forensic services keen to develop their knowledge of multi professional working on a national and international basis. -- The British Journal of Forensic Practice The book does provide a thorough analysis of the essence of mental health care and and would be an excellent introductory text for students on the secondment to forensic units or anyone working in the field for the first time. -- Therapeutic Communities Robinson and Kettles have assembled a collection of 20 articles on the subject, conveying the perspectives of 30 contributors from seven countries and offering theoretical views, as well as practical consideration. There is also an extensive section of related references included in the book ...Nurses interested in better understanding this emerging field, as well as mental health nurses desiring some provocative cross-cultural comparisons of practice, will find this book of value. -- Proquest This book is unique in attempting to examine the role of the professional forensic nurse and explore the multi-professional boundaries within mental health. Its contents provide an insight into the cross-cultural thinking and the complexities and conflict of the forensic nurse. It attempts to define this complex role within mainstream psychiatric nursing and puts forward strong arguments that forensic nurses require different and advanced nursing skills ... Using empirical data, the contributors within the book have provided a strong platform in promoting a better understanding of Forensic Nursing, both nationally and internationally. The issues of training and multi-professional collaboration remains central to the care for the mentally disordered offenders. This book is highly recommended to all health care practitioners involved in the field of forensic medicine. -- Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing