Benzodiazepines are frequently prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders. They are also popular for self-medicating purposes. They are rarely abused alone, and are often combined with alcohol or opiates. Those who abuse cocaine or methamphetamines may use benzodiazepines to ‘level off’ a high. ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Monitoring and Treatment
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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