Is Correctional Nursing for You?

Quick Start for Correctional Nurses

Quick_Start_for_Correctional_Nurses Vol 1
  • Take a few hours to explore the many facets of correctional nursing practice
  • Look behind the curtain into this hidden practice setting.
  • Discover this well-kept nursing secret and decide if you should consider becoming a correctional nurse.

Correctional Nursing is an Invisible Profession

​For many nurses, providing health care in a jail or prison is not even a consideration when deciding on a career direction.

Many practicing in the criminal justice system consider themselves to be 'accidental' correctional nurses.

Why?

​Most nurses have little contact with the criminal justice system in nursing school and so are unlikely to choose the specialty.

Prisons are often located in out-of-the-way places and the patient population is hidden from to most people.​

The Correctional Nurse Role is Important

The general public would rather not think about our patient population. Yet, over two million Americans are currently behind bars. That is a lot of people in need of health care.

At least 95% of prisoners will eventually be released so correctional health care affects public health in a big way.​


Correctional Nurses are Special People

The Rough Points

Nurses must jump into the lives of their patients at a rough point. Illness, injury, and suffering can be ugly, intense, and deeply painful.

Composure

It deals with body fluids, needles, gaping wounds, and heart-wrenching loss and must take it all in stride.

Limited Condition

The criminal justice system is an unlikely health care environment and prisoners are a unique patient population. Here, illness, injury, and suffering are treated in the midst of heightened security, reduced resources, and isolation

Huge Satisfaction

The variety and nature of patient health needs and the opportunity to bring care and concern into a dehumanizing situation can be unexpected job satisfiers.

Challenging Patients

Correctional nurses deal with a population of disadvantaged and vulnerable patients in a difficult time of life.

Great Need

Lack of prior health care contact means nurses can care for patients with unusual conditions along with the mundane ones.

Correctional Nursing has been described as
"Real Nursing"

Incarcerated patients need

  • health teaching
  • self-care skills
  • chronic disease management.

Correctional nursing practice is autonomous and self-directed

Is Correctional Nursing for You?

Quick Start for Correctional Nurses

Quick_Start_for_Correctional_Nurses Vol 1
  • Take a few hours to explore the many facets of correctional nursing practice
  • Look behind the curtain into this hidden practice setting.
  • Discover this well-kept nursing secret and decide if you should consider becoming a correctional nurse.

Over two million incarcerated patients need you!

Send this to a friend