Understanding dental health is key for correctional nurses, as we are often the first to assess oral health during the intake screening, sick call, and emergencies. The mouth can provide clues to many medical conditions and drug side effects. Here are some of the most common conditions that may be ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Dental Clues to Clinical Conditions
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The specialty practice of correctional nursing is sometimes confused with the specialty practice of forensic nursing. This may be due, in part, to our shared community of patients. The confusion of terms could also be due to the different evolution of the terms and specialities in the US and ... Read More about Correctional Nursing and Forensic Nursing
If you speak with Correctional Nurses for any length of time, you will hear stories of encountering disrespect and downright disbelief from their nurse colleagues who work in more traditional health care settings. It is not uncommon to hear from other nurses “Why would you work THERE?” “Can’t you ... Read More about What Makes Correctional Nursing a Satisfying Career Choice?
Skin conditions are a common concern in nursing sick call evaluations. Most are easy to assess and treat with protocols; like athlete’s foot and contact dermatitis. However, one skin condition that can be dangerous if not identified and treated appropriately is cellulitis. Unfortunately, cellulitis ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Cellulitis
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are both debilitating diseases that affect millions of individuals in the United States. In the correctional environment, the latest statistics by the Bureau of Justice indicate that “Arthritis” is the third largest chronic diagnosis for jail ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Osteoarthritis