For some individuals, the healthcare they receive in the correctional environment is the first they have received in quite some time, and many have undiagnosed serious illnesses. In addition, many have risk factors for the development of chronic disease at an earlier age than the general population. ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Thyroid Disorders I
If you use informational handouts as a primary education method for your chronic care clinics or nurse sick calls, you may be assuming that your patients understand when they do not. Misinformation or lack of information can sabotage your efforts to improve the health of the patients you ... Read More about Are Your Education Materials Patient-Friendly?
Mr. Johnson was called to medical because his recent HIV test was positive. The infectious disease nurse at the medium security prison informed him of his results, and began to discuss with him what this means to his life. She also reviewed the treatment plan that had been developed for him by the ... Read More about Health Literacy and Patient Education Behind the Wall
Typically, our nursing guidelines/protocols include ibuprofen for sprains and strains, and nursing staff should follow the protocols of their agency. However, nursing staff should also be aware that the use of NSAIDs in the treatment of muscle injuries is somewhat controversial. The mechanism ... Read More about Ibuprofen and NSAIDs: Risks and Benefits
Grievances are a standard mechanism for patients in a correctional facility to request changes and express discontent with a variety of conditions of confinement such as housing, officer treatment, and inadequate healthcare. Although many in correctional health care see the grievance process ... Read More about Three Ways to Use Patient Grievances to Improve Health Care