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Abstract Submissions | Custody & Caring

Custody & Caring
14th Biennial
International Conference
October 7 - 9, 2015
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Suggested Topic Areas

Suggested Topic Areas

Suggested topics areas are listed for your information only; please feel free to submit papers related to other topics relevant to the overall conference objectives.

  • Aboriginal
  • Academic and Community Based Partnerships
  • Advocacy
  • Aging Offenders
  • Chronic Illness Management
  • Community Reintegration
  • Compassionate Release
  • Correctional or Forensic Health Policy
  • Culturally Diverse Populations
  • Custody and Caring
  • Diversion Schemes
  • Educational Preparation
  • Ethical Issues
  • Evidence Based Practices in Forensic and Correctional Health Care
  • Families of Offenders Concerns
  • Interprofessional Education & Practice
  • Infectious Disease Management
  • Intellectually Disabled Offenders
  • Issues Unique to Female Offenders
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Personality Disordered Clients
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Restorative Justice Initiatives
  • Sex Offenders
  • Systems Influencing Practice
  • Workforce Development
  • Youth at Risk

Types of Presentations

Types of Presentations

The conference will feature two types of presentations: papers and posters. The conference planning committee considers poster presentations and paper presentations to be equal in terms of quality and status. And although, authors will be asked to state their preferences, the final decision on the presentation format will be made by the Abstract Review Committee. All presenters are required to register and pay for the conference. However, presenters will receive a reduced registration fee.


  • A short report on recent original work
  • Total time 40 minutes (30 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for discussion)


  • A short report on recent original work
  • Opportunity to discuss the work with conference participants during the Poster Session

Guidelines for Submission

Guidelines for Submission

Abstracts are to be written in English and submitted electronically. Please see the abstract sample for the information required for your submission. Please note, detailed contact information and biography will be required for each author listed.

Title:  Boundary violations in forensic nursing:  "A real eye opener"

Name: Cindy Peternelj-Taylor
Phone: 1-306-966-6238

Author 1
Name and Credentials: RN, BScN, MSc, PhD(c), DF-IAFN
Employer: University of Saskatchewan
Address: College of Nursing, 107 Wiggins Road
City/Town: Saskatoon
Province/State: Saskatchewan
Country: CANADA
Postal/Zip Code: S7N 5E5
Phone Number: 1-306-966-6238
Fax Number: 1-306-966-6609

Author 1
Biography:  Much of Professor Peternelj-Taylor’s career has focused on professional role development for nurses practicing in forensic psychiatric and correctional settings.  Her research and scholarship focuses on the relational aspects of providing nursing care to forensic clients, including clinical and ethical challenges.  Her publications can be found in a number peer reviewed journals and books, and she is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

Presenter: Cindy Peternelj-Taylor

Body of Abstract:
Nurses who work in secure environments are entrusted with providing care to a patient population that is frequently stigmatized, stereotyped, and subjected to “othering,” a negative and exclusionary form of engagement.  Their ability to create and maintain therapeutic relationships with forensic clients has frequently been described as one of the most important competencies required by nurses working in secure environments.  However, nurses who work in forensic settings are often warned about getting “too close” to their patients; an edict that is rarely coupled with guidance regarding how to become engaged in a manner that safely promotes the achievement of treatment goals. 

In this presentation, one aspect of a phenomenological study exploring nurses’ experiences of engagement, specifically forensic nurse’s professional experiences of  boundary violations  with forensic patients in secure environments, will be explored.  Illustrated as “a real eye opener”, it is hoped that through the sharing of a descriptive evocative text of the experiences of nurses who participated in the study, participants will gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of both engagement and boundary violations which may allow them to enact, in a better way, their relationships with patients, and may ultimately affect nursing practice in secure environments. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the lived experience of engagement as enacted by forensic nurses caring for forensic patients in secure environments;
  2. Review boundary violations as experienced in forensic nursing as "A real eye opener"; and,
  3. Discuss interpretive phenomenology as a way of fostering a greater understanding of forensic nurses lived experiences of engagement.


  • boundary violations
  • patient engagement
  • interpretive phenomenology

Selected References:

Bergum, V., & Dossetor, J.  (2005). Relational ethics:  The full meaning of respect.  Hagerstown, MD: University Publishing Group Publications.

Peternelj-Taylor, C., & Schafer, P. (2008).  Management of therapeutic boundaries.  In A. Kettles, P. Woods, & R. Byrt (Eds.), Forensic mental health nursing:  Capabilities, roles and responsibilities (pp. 309-331), London: Quay Books.

Peternelj-Taylor, C., & Yonge, O.  (2003). Exploring boundaries in the nurse-client relationship:  Professional roles and responsibilities.  Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 39(2), 55-66.

van Manen, M. (1997).  Researching lived experience (2nd ed.).  London, ON:  The Althouse Press.

van Manen, M. (2002).  Writing in the dark:  Phenomenological studies in interpretive inquiry. London, ON:  The Althouse Press.

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