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Forensic Nursing and Multidisciplinary Care of the Mentally Disordered Offender

by David Robinson and Alyson Kettles Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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There has been little written on the nature and the role of the forensic nurse - both for and by nurses working with the mentally disordered offender. This work is the first comprehensive account of forensic nursing and its role within the wider professional team. The aim of this book is to provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the training needed to work with mentally disordered patients, as well as to examine the key characteristics of the forensic nursing role. an international group of contributors, from a wide range of disciplines, provides a well rounded,, comparative view of the forensic nursing profession. The chapters are a 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 analyze 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.

Educational aspects of forensic nursing, Lawrence Whyte; overview and contemporary issues in the role of the forensic nurse in the UK David Robinson, Alyson Kettles; the practitioner new to the role of forensic psychiatric nursing, Mick Collins; a two-nation perspective on issues of practice and provision for professionals caring for mentally disordered offenders, carol Watson, Stephen Kirby; the role of forensic nurses in the community, Phil Woods, Edward Whyte; the forensic nursing role and the multidisciplinary team - a forensic psychiatry perspective, Christopher Cordess; clinical psychology and the forensic nursing role, Nigel Hopkins, Leah Ousley; transfer of case management from forensic social worker to forensic nurse, Jean Jones, Rachel Humpstead; reclaiming the soul - a spiritual perspective on forensic nursing, John Swinton; autonomy and personhood - the forensic nurse as a moral agent, John Swinton; the role of the forensic nurse in clinical supervision, Mary Addo; staff stress coping skills and job satisfaction in forensic nursing, Kevin Gournay, Jerome Carson; the role of the forensic nurse in the Netherlands, Hans Martin Don, Tom Van Erven; the role of the forensic nurse in Australia, Colin Holmes; the role of the forensic nurse in Canada, Cindy Peternelj-Taylor; the role of the forensic nurse in USA, Anita Hufft; the role of the forensic nurse in Norway, Roger Almvic, Trond Hatling; the role of the forensic nurse in Germany, Alison Kuppen, Uwe Donisch-Seidel; a global perspective of forensic nursing, Virginia Lynch; from a reactive past to the proactive new millennium, Alyson Kettles, David Robinson.

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.
Mick Collins is a research nurse at The Rampton High Security Hospital and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Alyson M. Kettles is Research and Development Officer for Mental Health at the Royal Cornhill Hospital for the Grampian Primary Care NHS Trust. Phil Woods is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Mental Health Nursing at Kneesworth House, King's College London.