If you work in a correctional facility, it is vitally important that you can appropriately recognize, assess and implement interventions for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS). It is the most dangerous type of substance withdrawal and the most prevalent. According to Criminal Justice DrugFacts, ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Alcohol Withdrawal
In this post, we continue our discussion of the Seven Guiding Principles for Correctional Nursing practice. Principle 6 Principle 6: Correctional Nurses promote quality patient care. Correctional Nurse practice is guided by the nurse administrators and leaders ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Professional Practice: The Seven Guiding Principles II
At just about every Seizure Disorder presentation for Correctional Nurses I have given or attended, the question of identifying "real" seizures versus "fake" seizures has come up. It is understandable that Correctional Nurses sometimes doubt whether the patient is truly seizing, especially if the ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Seizures in Corrections- Are They Real?
I was recently honored to address the nursing leadership of a state-wide Department of Correction at their quarterly meeting. When trying to decide upon a topic, I opened my Correctional Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice book, and discovered a section that I did not remember – guiding ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Professional Practice: The Seven Guiding Principles I
During intake at a county jail, Mr. Simpson reports a history of seizures that began 25 years ago when he was a pedestrian struck by an 18-wheeler. He reports that he has not taken medication in a few years because he has no insurance. He also admits that he drinks “some”. No other ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Seizure Disorder