Forensic Mental Health Nursing Practice

FBS80016 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn (Multi modal)


  • One Semester or equivalent

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to apply the nursing principles of practice to the nursing process in forensic mental health settings. The unit covers each aspect of the nursing process and provides students with the ability to connect the principles of forensic mental health nursing to assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate effective nursing interventions to improve the outcomes of forensic patients, both in secure settings and in the community.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Conduct a nursing assessment of a forensic mental health patient
2. Formulate a nursing diagnosis in forensic mental health contexts
3. Plan a process of action to address forensic mental health patient needs
4. Implement a plan of action by appropriate selection of nursing interventions
5. Evaluate the effectiveness of a nursing intervention in a forensic setting

Courses with unit

GD-FMHN Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing