Mental status assessment and forensic nursing

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In advanced health assessment training a mentally unstable person is determined through history and physical assessment. The nurse will determine the abnormal behavior from physical appearance and behavior. The forensic nurse will only be involved if that particular client is a victim or was involved in a legal or crime situation.
Forensic nursing and advanced health assessment overlap in those cases because while I would be collecting data for helping the client get well the forensic nurse would be interested in finding more data for evidence against or for the client. The interests might differ but the common goal is to collect data that will eventually help the client. The forensic nurse also offers counseling and treatment like the health assessment nurse. She will come up with a diagnosis of her own though.

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