We are continually on the lookout for books that have been suggested by our academics. However, in order to expand our knowledge, we should leave the books behind and read more that can assist us in expanding our knowledge.
You may be wondering now which books will give you better ideas and leads in forensic nursing? Which books would be more ideal references to your work ethic? In which books you will find real life case studies.
Well, Some books contain misleading information that can lead to mistakes in a nurse’s activities. So, we have to be careful in choosing books. To avoid misleading information, we have researched and listed the best books for you and have given a short summary of the books including the title of the book and the name of the author; so that you can choose the best book for yourself.
The following list below is a comprehensive list of all important forensic nursing books, be that it may be academic books, storybooks, reference books, journals, handbooks or guidebooks.
Let’s drive below –
1. Forensic Nursing by Virginia A. Lynch with Janet Barber Duval.
The marriage of psychiatry and nursing was one of the earliest forms of forensic nursing. For centuries, psychiatric nurses have provided care to individuals who were victims of crime as well as individuals who were perpetrators of crime. The role of psychiatric-mental health as it relates to forensic nursing is beautifully interwoven throughout this book.
65 international expert forensic practitioners/authors were led by editor/author Virginia A. Lynch with special contributions by Janet Barber Duval to produce an amazing, comprehensive, detailed portrait of forensic nursing. Besides being a pioneer in forensic nursing, Virginia A. Lynch is an international consultant in forensic nursing science at Beth-El College of nursing and health sciences at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Duval is an adjunct associate professor at Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis. The book is divided into 8 units with 57 chapters.
Unit one – Introduction to forensic science in healthcare is made up of 3 chapters. These chapters focus on forensic nursing as a specialty, the historic development of forensic nursing and concepts and theories of forensic nursing.
Unit two – Contemporary social issues and forensic science is comprised of five chapters that discuss human rights, female genital mutilation, violence against women, and violence in the healthcare workplace, etc. Just like this, the rest of the book is well organized and well explained with every detail.
2. Forensic Nursing. Evidence-Based Principles and Practice by Rose E. Constantine, Patricia A. Crane and Susan E. Young.
Forensic Nursing; Evidence-Based Principles and Practice was published back in September 2013. This book is mostly used for academic purposes but it can also be a valuable addition to your personal library. Just as the name says, this book focuses mostly on evidence based practice. The book is divided into 4 units and the texts are easy to navigate. All the chapters are in the same format so it’s easier for the students to read. Key competencies are identified first, along with key terms, followed by the text. Each chapter contains tables and figures and diagrams that help to clarify important points by visualizing.
Each chapter has an extensive evidence based practice page that asks valuable questions and helps the readers to identify all the aspects in order to apply for EBP. The perks of this book are the review questions after each chapter followed by a comprehensive reference section. This book also contains case studies that help the readers understand the contents starting from the basic to in depth and it works very well in group discussions.
The feature that sets this book apart from the others is the Davis Plus feature, through this feature readers are able to log in on the FA Davis site to access additional material. The site contains different printable blank body diagrams are in PDF format and drug monographs for almost 60 psychotropic medications. This book is highly recommended for those who love forensic and will not hesitate to put an academic book on their personal bookshelf.
3. Forensic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, Part One.
The book is co-written by Rita M. Hammer, PhD, RN, BC, Barbara Moynihan, PhD, APRN, BC, AFN and Elaine M. Plagiary, JD, MS was published back in 2012. The bright red fingerprint on the cover catches the reader’s mind very quickly. The cover page of the book subtly lets the readers know what they’re getting into; even the font on the cover conveys a forensic text. The book is full of case studies and applications which will help the readers to understand and grasp the content completely. There is a reference section at the end of each chapter to give the readers further insight into the respective topics.
4. Forensic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, Part Two.
The second part of this book is also written by the same authors (Rita M. Hammer, Rita M. Hammer, and Elaine M. Plagiary. The second focuses more on populations and their characteristics. The book is extremely thorough in providing relatable information on vulnerable populations, an expanded section on diversity, sexual offenders, intimate partner violence, child and adolescent sexual abuse, the elderly and youth exposure to violence, among others.
Some of the titles in this book might seem confusing or misleading, for example, a chapter on youth seemed like three separate issues due to the name of the chapter “Youth Exposure to Violence, Terrorism and Sudden Traumatic Death” but in fact, it is just one single chapter, apart from this issue, the book is solid gold.
5. Forensic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (Remastered).
This is actually the combination of the two previous books, thus making it quite a large book. The book has more than 500 pages divided into 5 parts by 23 chapters. The total 5 parts give importance to the background, epidemiology and theoretical forensic, youth and their problems, populations and their problems, practically applicable information for the clinical practitioner, etc.
Each chapter contains detailed information and a reference section for further insight. This is an ideal book for any forensic nurse; the book makes it easy for the readers to understand the complicated contents and a deeper understanding of terms and concepts.
6. Forensic Notes by Connie Darnell and Christine Michel.
Who wouldn’t like a book full of forensic notes?! Well, every forensic nurse ever! This book certainly does not disappoint its readers. With its spiral binding and portable size, it is just a comfortable forensic notebook. The pages of this book are quite unique than most, the pages have a slicker feel, that’s because the pages are made to write personal notes and clear them if necessary with an alcohol pad in order to reuse.
There are colored references at the end of the book and there are several tabs to the book such as patient evidence, documentation, legal, child, adult, at risk and tools. Throughout the handbook, the reader will discover many charts and colored pictures and bulleted text, which makes for an ideal reference.
7. Sex Trafficking: A Clinical Guide for Nurses.
A modern day issue the forensic nurses have been facing is that of sex trafficking or sex slavery and the victims of it. This book can give a boost to prepare the forensic nurses to confront this violent crime in their own streets. Throughout the book, there are complicated case studies of human trafficking, sex trafficking, slavery and many other crimes that help to illuminate the concepts of human trafficking with real life stories.
There are two sections of the book, one is Theoretical Perspectives and the other is Clinical Perspectives. Each section has 8 chapters. This excellent guide puts forensic nurses in an excellent position to make an impact on one of the 27 million people who are victims, just in the United States, of sex trafficking crimes. An ideal guide for forensic nurses.
We hope you have chosen the best book for you from our list of these 7 amazing books. If any of these books help you to take the lead in the activity of Place in your Healthcare, please let us know in the comments section. Don’t forget to share your real life inspiration and experiences from the book. If you have any suggested books for our other readers, please let us know in the comments section as well.