One of the first things I discovered when I started in corrections was the importance of teeth. Frankly, I did not think much about these handy items while in nursing school.
What is attractive about Peplau’s theory of nursing practice is that it focuses on the dynamics of the nurse-patient relationship and sees the nurse’s role as a therapeutic force in that relationship.
Orem’s theory is a practical way to apply nursing theory to correctional nursing practice.
Benzodiazepines are frequently prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders. They are also popular for self-medicating or abuse purposes; providing peace and euphoria for troubled individuals. They are rarely abused alone and often combined with alcohol or opiates. Those who abuse cocaine or methamphetamines may use benzodiazepines to ‘level off’ a high. Once identified, successful benzodiazepine […]
Benzodiazepines have a calming effect and are often taken to reduce anxiety or to help sleep. The correctional patient population is less likely to frequent the health care system for these conditions and may obtain relief by self-medicating using street drugs. Asking questions about treatments used for anxiety or insomnia may reveal a need for benzodiazepine withdrawal monitoring.
Speaking up in the face of a moral dilemma takes courage. Overcoming a natural inclination to ‘go along to get along’ takes conflict management skill. Being assertive in a moral situation is easier when assertive communication is a natural part of professional practice.
Research is growing to indicate that nurse fatigue can have a detrimental effect on patient safety.
The mouth can provide clues to many medical conditions and drug side effects. Here are some of the most common conditions that may be detected during an oral exam.
According to the IOM, moving an organizational toward a patient safety culture can result in reduced clinical error and improved patient care outcomes. That is good news for our correctional health care settings.
He came into the jail on a charge of petty larceny but his dental condition was the real crime. Years of methamphetamine use and oral hygiene neglect resulted in missing teeth and severe decay. What does a nurse look for during intake dental screening? Nurses are the healthcare professional most frequently performing health screening during […]