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so basically just want your opinions/ experiences of forensic nursing as i am considering it as a career, any advise welcomed
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so basically just want your opinions/ experiences of forensic nursing as i am considering it as a career, any advise welcomed
It looks like a fascinating career, but to get there you'd have to do adult nursing first, and then specialise later on to become a forensic nurse
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so basically just want your opinions/ experiences of forensic nursing as i am considering it as a career, any advise welcomed
Origami Bullets's advice is not quite right. Forensics is a varied area and you could probably specialise in it by doing any of the nursing pathways. It really depends whether you want to work with victims or offenders themselves. A degree in children's nursing would only really set you up to work with young victims, but the other three pathways could let you work with victims and offenders in carceral environments (e.g. prison or mental hospital).

Even this is a very broad description. You could deal with offenders' primary care and overseeing medication (i.e. dealing with substance abuse) in a prison, but also work in the psychology department, where having a mental health or learning disability background will obviously be more useful, and do a completely different job.
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As ha been said there are different way into it depending on what you actually mean. If you mean like a custody nurse that works in police stations, they tend to be adult trained. If you mean the likes of a state hospital or forensic unit for people that have offended but have mental health problems then that tends to be mental health or ld nurses. Prison nurses can be either, if you do adult then you focus on there physical halth whilst in prison and if you do mh then they tend to get referred to you if it i believed that they have mh problems
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Ive also looked at this and there isn't too much information available online.
However people i have spoke to that have worked in prisons teaching have said to be prepared for a challenging environment!
Im hoping i can find more on my travels over the internet ...
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Well, I have worked in a prison and know nursing staff. The only thing that can really make you stand out is previous experience of drugs.

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Well, I have worked in a prison and know nursing staff. The only thing that can really make you stand out is previous experience of drugs.

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Taking or giving? haha
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Taking or giving? haha
You might need to take the thing or two to deal with some of the prisoners!
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You might need to take the thing or two to deal with some of the prisoners!
Hahah I often feel like this after a day at work!
Good job I have a bath n a good book :yes:

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what about working in A&E collecting evidence from assault victims? Is that an actually role in the UK?
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what about working in A&E collecting evidence from assault victims? Is that an actually role in the UK?
It's done by police staff as far as I'm aware, SOCO's and the like.
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Thanks guys only just checked back on here
I'm not exactly sure which area I would like to work yet, I'm only in my first year of my degree so I've got a while to decide yet
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