The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing provides advanced training to nurses who are working in, or are seeking to work in, forensic mental health contexts. Forensic mental health nurses work in a variety of settings including secure hospitals, courts and prisons. Additional knowledge and skills are required to work in this field beyond those required of general mental health nurses.
At the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing, students are expected to be able to:
1. Apply specialised knowledge of a broad range of theories and principles required for nursing practice in forensic mental health contexts
2. Apply specialised knowledge of the complex systemic and individual mental health factors that influence offending behaviour
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of complex factors that contribute to offending behaviour, both at a general and individual level
4. Identify and evaluate evidence that helps inform creative problem solving and decision making in the nursing role
5. Effectively communicate complex ideas in a coherent and informative manner with clients, carers and other health professionals
6. Adapt advanced knowledge and skills to the contexts of forensic mental health nursing, such as correctional or mental health settings
7. Adapt knowledge and core practice skills to develop, plan and implement responses to challenging issues faced by forensic mental health nurses.