Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council
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What does the Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council do?
- Serves as a network and resource for APNA members who are working with victims, offenders, and their family members.
- Provides expertise to advise the APNA board on matters relating to all aspects of forensic psychiatric nursing, addressing mental health issues as they collide with the criminal justice system.
How does the Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council Steering Committee operate?
- The Steering Committee meets via conference calls, webinars, email and discussion forums. There is also an opportunity for those committee members who attend the Annual Conference to meet in person.
- APNA members participate in Forensic Council activities via work groups led by the Steering Committee.
- Forensic Council Steering Committee participation requires 1-2 hours per week.
Some Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council responsibilities or projects include:
- Advance the science of forensic nursing by translating and disseminating that science, and responding to practice issues of the subspecialty
- Assure that forensic psychiatric mental health nursing receives proper attention and focus by APNA
- Create a resource for forensic psychiatric nursing practice development and knowledge dissemination
- Submit proposals to be reviewed for pre-conference and interactive panel sessions at the APNA Annual Conference
- Represent the interests of forensic psychiatric nursing and our care recipients in public policy initiatives
- Make recommendations on issues referred to the council by the Board of Directors