A young woman in custody at a large urban jail has continuing abdominal pain over a 14 hour period. She is found unresponsive in her cell and rushed to the hospital where she is pronounced dead on arrival. Autopsy revealed a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. What assessments and testing should ... Read More about Correctional Nursing Alert: Ectopic Pregnancy
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” – Henry David Thoreau Correctional nursing can be a job, a career, or a calling based on your perspective – what do you see? If you see your work life as an endless string of shiftwork passing pills and triaging sick call slips then ... Read More about Job, Career, or Calling? It’s Up to You
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 ... Read More about Dental Triage: What is an Emergency?
It might be nutty, but I’m really getting into these nursing theorists and how to use their work in the correctional nursing specialty. I recently wrote about Orem’s Self-Care Theory with Nursing Sick Call and Peplau’s Interpersonal Relations with Intake Screening. So, why not ... Read More about Pender’s Model Could Transform Your Chronic Care Clinic – Honest!
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 and, working in critical care and orthopaedics before going behind bars, I didn’t have much opportunity to consider them. In ... Read More about Why So Many Dental Issues?