The EN will assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the day to day mental health and basic physical health care requirements of patients within the Forensic Hospital. The EN will practice under the direction and supervision of the RN. Supervision may be direct or indirect and all duties are delegated after consideration of relevant legislation and policies, the context of practice and the competence of the EN. The EN retains responsibility for their personal and professional actions whilst remaining accountable to the RN for all delegated functions. All staff have a responsibility to maintain the safety and security of patients, staff and visitors within the high secure environment
Activities which the EN may provide support for include coordinating and initiating health care for patients within a high secure environment. This includes participating in mental health assessments, risk assessment and management, alcohol and other drug assessments, history taking and developing comprehensive nursing management plans as well as making timely and appropriate referral to relevant services within and outside of the Forensic Hospital as required. Other important activities which the EN may be directly or indirectly involved in include the initiation of appropriate treatment, management and referral in emergency situations (as per scope of practice) and providing individualised mental health care under the direction of the RN while maintaining a focus on the safety and security of the Forensic Hospital.