The Roles and Responsibility of Forensic Psychiatric Nurses: A Systematic Review
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CitationDikec, G., Baysan Arabaci, L., & Tas, G. (2017). The Roles and Responsibility of Forensic Psychiatric Nurses: A Systematic Review. JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING, 8(3), 157–164. https://doi.org/10.14744/phd.2017.86094
Objectives: The aim of this review is to scrutinize studies related to the role and responsibilities of forensic psychiatric nurses (FPNs). Methods: The study examined 16 qualitative, quantitative and review studies published between 2006 and 2016. They were obtained by searching the EBSCOHOST (42), Turkish Psychiatry Index (2), Cochrane Library (1), Pubmed (8) and Wiley Library (11) databases in January 2017. This study used a check list for systematic reviews that was developed by the York Institute for Health Research. Results: The results of this systematic review of 16 articles are presented as a table at the end of this review. These studies determined that forensic psychiatric nursing roles were not clear, and nurses in this field had skills in areas of mental assessment, preventing aggression, violence management, medication administration and balancing legal and medical issues. Also, it was determined in conducted studies that roles of FPNs were examined under themes of trust in therapy, confidence vs. fear, transference vs. counter transference, win vs. lose, use vs. abuse and success vs. failure. Conclusion: The studies determined that FPNs had conflicts about their roles in units they work and that their roles were not clear. Definition of role and responsibilities of nurses working in these units will contribute to the quality of care for patients.