Forensic Mental Health Nursing
Forensic mental health nursing usually refers to the application of mental health nursing principles and practices in the care and treatment of people who are detained in secure conditions owing to the risk presented to the public as evidenced by an offending history or charges faced. People discharged from secure services may also receive interventions delivered by forensic mental health nurses working in a community team. Therefore, nursing practice with forensic populations takes account of the challenges of secure service contexts and the clinical needs, particularly the interpersonal presentations, of the patients who use these services. In this chapter, the focus is on the interpersonal task, and a fictional though clinically representative case example is employed to convey the intricacies of forensic mental health nursing practice.