Original ArticlesStandards of Practice for Forensic Mental Health Nurses—Identifying Contemporary PracticeMartin, Trish RN, DN1,2; Maguire, Tessa RN, Grad Dip FBS1,2; Quinn, Chris RN, Grad Dip (MHN)1,3; Ryan, Jo RN, BEd1; Bawden, Louise1; Summers, Monica RN, Grad Dip (AdvClinNsing)1Author Information Author Affiliations:1Forensicare, Victoria, Australia, 2Monash University, and 3Central Queensland University. The authors have disclosed no conflict of interest. Jo Ryan, RN, BEd, Locked Bag 10, Fairfield, Victoria 3078, Australia. E-mail:[email protected]. Received June 28, 2012; accepted for publication October 1, 2012. Journal of Forensic Nursing: July/September 2013 - Volume 9 - Issue 3 - p 171-178 doi: 10.1097/JFN.0b013e31827a593a Buy Metrics Abstract Forensic mental health nursing is a recognized field of nursing in most countries. Despite a growing body of literature describing aspects of practice, no publication has been found that captures the core knowledge, skills, and attitudes of forensic mental health nurses. One group of nurses in Australia have pooled their knowledge of relevant literature and their own clinical experience and have written standards of practice for forensic mental health nursing. This paper identifies the need for standards, provides a summary of the standards of practice for forensic mental health nurses, and concludes with how these standards can be used and can articulate to others the desired and achievable level of performance in the specialty area. © 2013 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.