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 […]
The New Year is a time when many of us take stock of ourselves and make resolutions for the year ahead. Perhaps it would be a good time to consider your career plans as well. Human resource experts and job coaches recommend having a career map that identifies an individual’s career goal for the next […]
The ending of another year brings a time of review and reflection as we set our minds and hearts toward the year ahead. 2018 was a year of change for CorrectionalNurse.net as we moved from a blog to an author website. However, our readership continues to grow and we increased page views by over 20% in […]
Their socio-economic and health profile make caring for women in prison more resource intensive than caring for men. In addition to their background, women also have gender-specific health conditions that require additional attention. One such category of medical need is reproductive cancers. Incarceration is both an opportunity to screen for these high-risk conditions and an […]
Ethical dilemmas are common in correctional nursing. Working in a secure environment where health care is not the primary mission can lead to conflicting goals that challenge nurses to consider the very foundation of their professional practice. Here is a review of the basics of ethical care along with some common ethical dilemmas in this […]