Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctor of Nursing Practice Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Heather Moulzolf


Doctor of Nursing Practice


The nursing profession has an obligation to advance nursing in all roles and settings through scholarly inquiry, professional standards development, and the generation of nursing and health policy. Nursing in secure treatment facilities such as prisons, jails, forensic hospitals, and juvenile treatment centers have made advances in research and professional standards. In many forensic settings, especially rural forensic settings, there continues to be challenges to quality care and the maintenance of a professional environment. This article provides the organizational context, sociopolitical history, and motivation for systematic change in rural forensic nursing. Thoughtfulness, organization, and leadership are emphasized in the plan for increasing networking for rural forensic nurses. Through networking of forensic nurses and creation of transformational nursing leaders, change can emerge.