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April 25, 2005

Forensic psych in Vancouver

Several nurses who wrote to us expressed an interest in having others know about what they do.

Teengun72x721I'm a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I work in a highly specialized area called Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services–a very important part of our Provincial Ministry of Children and Family Development.

I am a nurse supervisor on a unit that performs court ordered psychiatric assessments for youths 12-17 years of age. The Inpatient Assessment Unit is the only one of its kind in the Province of British Columbia, and we see all the in-custody (jail) youth with court ordered assessments, as well as those who are certified under the Mental Health Act and need stabilization.

We manage the most dangerous and mentally ill clients in the Province. We are governed by the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the Criminal Code of Canada and the Mental Health Act. My role is to do intakes, administer medication, do suicidal assessments, ensure the safety of residents and staff, supervise and manage staff, work with a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, social workers, community youth workers, nurses and the courts.

Lia Shukin, RPN.

Special Issue of our eJournal on Forensic Nursing

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I became interested in psych nursing when I was dx'd Bipolar. Our local MH authority recently opened a forensic group home. It is very rewarding. None of our consumers would be in this situation if they had been on their meds.
My grandfather began telling me at an early age that I had a calling. I always knew it was nursing. But I really understood what he meant when I became a Pych RN. I'm finally where I'm suppose to be.

Posted by: Diane | May 13, 2005 2:28:01 AM

Hi. I have just recently started working in the psychiatric setting of nursing. WOW - there is so much legal information to learn. I am not familiar with RPN. Are you an RN with a special certification in psych? HOw is you education different from an RN?


Posted by: Julie | May 11, 2005 8:10:20 AM

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