College of Nursing

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

International Conference on the Nurse's role in the Criminal Justice System

Conference Overview

The first national conference focusing on nurses working in the forensic milieu was hosted by the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan and the Regional Psychiatric Centre, Correctional Service of Canada in 1989, and has been held biennially since then. Due to the overwhelming success of the national conferences, in 1997, the decision was made to extend the conference from a national event to an international one. It is recognized that nurses and other health care providers practicing at the interface of the health and criminal justice system are faced with daily challenges unique to their role, the clientele they work with, and the environments in which they practice.

Conference Objectives

The overall goal of the conference is to provide a forum for highlighting innovations in practice, education, research, and policy development in the field of correctional and forensic health care in Canada and abroad. Clinical issues and work life issues unique to nurses, health care professionals, and other professionals working within correctional and forensic environments will be featured.

Conference participants will be able to:

  • Discuss issues unique to the provision of nursing and health care in forensic institutional and community based settings
  • Report innovative case studies in program and policy development relevant to forensic and correctional health care practice, education, research, and administration
  • Consider ethical issues unique to institutional and community based correctional and forensic health care
  • Explore interventions that emphasize community re-integration of forensic clients
  • Promote correctional and forensic psychiatry as specialized areas of practice
  • Examine diversity as a concept of particular relevance to researchers and practitioners in correctional and forensic environments
  • Describe innovative methodologies and approaches to correctional and forensic research

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