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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Clinical forensic nursing skills and competencies for quality care to victims of crime and violence : gender and equity

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

The victims of crime and violence present to the health system for management of their medico-legal needs in South Africa. The nurses, including the clinical forensic nurses are in the forefront of patient and the management of victims and survivors of crime in most health care settings in this country. The distinct clinical forensic nursing skills and competencies that are needed for quality care of the victims of crime and violence as patients have not been described in South Africa. The purpose of the study was to explore and describe the expectations of different stakeholders with regards to the clinical forensic nursing skills and competencies for quality care for victims of crime and violence in the health setting and the recognition of forensic nurses. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data from a sample of 9 participants. Thematic data analysis yielded 9 themes which described the expected and observed skills and competencies, desirable attributes and forms of recognition for provision of quality care for the victims of crime and violence. The findings underscore the importance of clinical forensic nurses and the need for formal recognition of forensic nursing as a specialty in this country. They are beneficial to the development and regulation of forensic nursing practice in this country.

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2014-12-01
2019-10-13

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