In a prior post, I applied Orem’s Self-Care Theory to correctional nursing practice. It fit well in a sick call situation but doesn’t give much attention to the emotional/psychological needs of the patient. So, I have been on the search for a practical theory that might help in that sphere. ... Read More about Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations – Could This Really Work in Correctional Nursing?
Just having celebrated National Nurses Week, I am reminded of the many great nurses who helped build the nursing profession we have today. Nursing theorists are in this group of trailblazers. I must admit, I was mostly confused during my first go-round with nursing theories. Some of them are ... Read More about Dorothea Orem Would Make a Great Correctional Nurse!
Benzodiazepines are frequently prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders. They are also popular for self-medicating or abuse purposes; providing peace and euphoria for troubled individuals. They are rarely abused alone and often combined with alcohol or opiates. Those who abuse cocaine or ... Read More about Benzodiazepine Withdrawal: Monitoring and Treatment
Officers in the women’s wing of a large urban jail call down to medical asking for assistance with an out-of-control inmate. The 22-year-old woman was booked in 10 days ago and was successfully withdrawn from alcohol during the first week. Now the officers describe her as totally out of control, ... Read More about Benzodiazepine Withdrawal: Hidden Troubles
Speaking up in the face of a moral dilemma takes courage. No one likes conflict…well, almost no one….and nurses, it is found, would rather compromise than confront, according to at least one research study. Overcoming a natural inclination to ‘go along to get along’ takes conflict management skill. ... Read More about Moral Courage: Being Assertive