Psychiatric Patients

Forensic nursing involves the application of science and nursing in legal situations. Psychiatric nurses care for patients with mental illnesses. Forensic psychiatric nurses are employed in institutions such as a juvenile homes or prisons where a majority of the residents require treatment for mental conditions. Many of theses patients also struggle with the dual problem of mental illness and drug abuse. Patients who abuse drugs present with the additional complications of addiction, dangerous behavior, withdrawal symptoms, etc. It is interesting to consider that people who abuse drugs frequently also have a mental disease, which may or may not be diagnosed. For this reason all healthcare providers should be at least basically prepared to identify and care for patients with such conditions as they may not always be found under the strict care of a mental health facility and could present for treatment in emergency rooms and doctors’ offices.

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