“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” - Thoreau I have been practicing in correctional healthcare for the last 25 years, and the issue of whether correctional nurses care for patients or inmates has been around for at least that long! I have heard nurses say that their ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Perspective: Inmate or Patient?
The complaint of red eye is common in the correctional environment. It may or may not be associated with vision changes or complete visual loss. Most causes of red eye are self-limiting, but it is crucial that a thorough history and examination be conducted. Evaluation of red eye begins with a ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Red Eye – Conjunctivitis
Consider this situation: A detainee admitted two days ago was complaining of nausea and vomiting at 3 am. An officer called the medical unit requesting a nurse evaluation. The nurse, however, was busy getting meds ready for the 5 am court call. The officer called several times over the next 3 ... Read More about Rapid Assessment for Correctional Nurses
In our previous post, we discussed that bullying and incivility can occur everywhere, but the healthcare environment has an inherent stressfulness that may be even more intense in the correctional environment, where healthcare is not the primary mission. In this post, we are continuing the ... Read More about Bullying and Incivility for the Correctional Nurse II
While bullying and incivility can occur anywhere, the stressful nature of the healthcare environment and the human self-protective “fight or flight” response are important in the development of bullying and incivility in nursing. This is the first in a two-part series on Bullying and Incivility for ... Read More about Bullying and Incivility for the Correctional Nurse I