Correctional nurses regularly make decisions about the need for emergency treatment of dental conditions. These decisions can come as a part of dealing with a sick call request or a ‘man down’ in the facility. What are some key findings to look for during a dental triage that indicate a need for emergency dental treatment?
Could the HPM be helpful in your Chronic Care Clinic (CCC)? A major underpinning of the HPM is the assumption that individuals value growth and seek improvement in their health status. Self-efficacy, a belief in the ability to succeed, is an important part of the model. The nurse, as well as the patient, needs to believe that positive change is possible.
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.