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Book review: A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing: Incorporating forensic principles into nursing practice

Clinical nurse specialist Dave King reviews A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing: Incorporating forensic principles into nursing practice.
A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing

A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing: Incorporating forensic principles into nursing practice

Angela F Amar and L Kathleen Sekula

Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing

49.01 | 392pp

ISBN: 9781940446349

George Bernard Shaw declared Britons and Americans divided by a common language, and that is made clear in this fascinating publication that describes in depth the roles and responsibilities of forensic nurses in the US.

However, these duties do not reflect those of nurses working in forensic or secure settings in the UK. Their work is primarily with mentally disordered offenders (be it in hospital, prison, police cells or elsewhere) but this book addresses the application of the nursing process in the scientific investigation of violent and sexual crimes.

Graphic images

Chapters include the neurobiology of trauma, assessments of wounds, and murder,

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A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing: Incorporating forensic principles into nursing practice

A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing

Angela F Amar and L Kathleen Sekula

Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing

£49.01 | 392pp

ISBN: 9781940446349


George Bernard Shaw declared Britons and Americans ‘divided by a common language’, and that is made clear in this fascinating publication that describes in depth the roles and responsibilities of forensic nurses in the US.

However, these duties do not reflect those of nurses working in forensic or secure settings in the UK. Their work is primarily with mentally disordered offenders (be it in hospital, prison, police cells or elsewhere) but this book addresses the application of the nursing process in the scientific investigation of violent and sexual crimes.

Graphic images

Chapters include the neurobiology of trauma, assessments of wounds, and murder, assault and battery. Graphic images of wounds and other physical trauma highlight points made in the text.

There are areas of overlap, which may be of limited interest to UK-based forensic nurses, such as theories of crime. The chapter on forensic mental health nursing comes closest to being useful here, describing competency, sanity and the impact of the ‘McNaughton rules’.

For its target audience, the book is well written and thoughtfully laid out. I found it a fascinating read, but more from a point of professional curiosity than usefulness.


Reviewed by Dave King, clinical nurse specialist in forensic mental health, the Humber Centre for Forensic Psychiatry

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