The Unique Knowledge of Forensic Nursing: Implications for Interprofessional Education

By Arlene Kent-Wilkinson.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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A social influence began in the 1970s when the term “forensic” became increasingly popular. Since then the “forensic focus” has been a voguish career choice and area of study for many of the health science disciplines. Forensic nursing has many subspecialties that deal with the legal aspects of caring for patients who are either victims or offenders, living or deceased. A recent study explored forensic nursing knowledge as a specialty area of study and social factors influencing educational development. This paper reports only on findings of this study that addressed the unique knowledge of forensic nursing that resulted in constructed definitions of forensic nursing. Knowing specifically what knowledge of forensic nursing was different from nursing in general, and different from other forensic disciplines has specific implications for interprofessional education.

Keywords: Interprofessional

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 7, pp.171-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.145MB).

Dr. Arlene Kent-Wilkinson

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Current Position Arlene Kent-Wilkinson RN, Ph.D has been an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, at the University of Saskatchewan since 2002. Clinical Background Arlene’s nursing practice for over 30 years was in the clinical areas of emergency, addictions, corrections, and forensic psych. Past Awards Arlene has been the recipient of provincial, national and international awards for both practice and education. In 1994, the Exemplary Clinical Practice Award, from the Alberta Association of Mental Health Nurses, and In 1995, the National Award of Excellence, from the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nursing. In 1997, the Pioneer Award in Forensic Nursing from the International Association of Forensic Nurses. In 2002, the Provincial Award of Excellence in Education, from the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses.


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