Correctional Nurse

Lorry’s List

Correctional Health Care

Information and Education Resources

It can be hard to find good books and continuing education in our specialty. Here are some resources I recommend for both professional reading and continuing education. Just for fun, I also added some ideas for recreational reading. By purchasing through these Amazon affiliate links here, you can give back to CorrectionalNurse.net and help keep the light on at this internet outpost for our specialty.



Professional Reading

The Essentials of Correctional Nursing was written and reviewed by experienced correctional nurses with thousands of hours of experience. American Nurses Association standards are woven throughout the text, which provide the information needed by nurses studying for certification exams in correctional nursing. The text will also be of value to nurses working in such settings as emergency departments, specialty clinics, hospitals, psychiatric treatment units, community health clinics, substance abuse treatment programs, and long-term care settings, where they may encounter patients who are currently or have previously been incarcerated.

In this book you will discover the essentials of contemporary correctional nursing practice and a comprehensive delineation of the competent level of nursing practice and professional performance common to and expected from all types of correctional RNs. Of particular note in this edition: detailed discussions of the specialty's historical/legal aspects and its many practice roles and settings, as well as succinct guidance for ethical nursing practice in the correctional setting. A must-have for correctional nursing practitioners, educators, and students, it is also aimed at allied healthcare providers, researchers, and scholars as well as the many professionals who work in correctional settings.

This book is designed to help law enforcement professionals overcome the internal assaults they experience both personally and professionally over the course of their careers. The information is helpful for nurses working in the criminal justice system, as well. Idealistic and committed nurses can become angry, cynical individuals without realizing what caused the change. This provides helpful guidance for emotional survival while working in corrections and other law enforcement positions.

This book should be required reading for anyone who works or volunteers in a correctional setting. As evidenced by some of the true stories in the book, the author warns us that even experienced staff, who think nothing can get past them can fall victim to the con games of inmates. One of the best ways to make sure a jail or prison is operating safely and protecting its staff, inmates and the public is to train staff on inmate manipulation.

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Are you unintentionally harming your patients? Most of us entered health care to help those who are ill, injured, or suffering. Yet our patient care systems can get in the way, leading to patient harm instead of the quality care we intended. The Correctional Health Care Patient Safety Handbook provides practical evidence-based help to improve your clinical program and, thereby, reduce clinical error, managing risk and improving clinical quality.

This 30-page ebook describes the 7 affirmations of a correctional nursing manifesto to live by. Correctional nurses have the challenging job of providing nursing care to vulnerable, marginalized patients in the low-resourced, ethically challenging criminal justice system - jails, prisons, or juvenile detention centers. It can be easy to lose your bearings in these dangerous waters.

Using the memorable childhood story as a backdrop, the Wizard of Oz Guide to Correctional Nursing explains how correctional nursing is not like any other specialty in our profession. This isn’t Kansas anymore, Toto! Yet, the principles of professional nursing are the same and must be applied in this new Land of Oz. This book provides the resources needed to gain the knowledge, heart, and courage to be a correctional nurse who makes a difference every day in the lives of an invisible, yet needy, patient population.

A useful research resource and handy reference, this book discusses the many important ethical and legal issues that arise in the delivery of health care to prisoners at correctional facilities. It references national standards of professional practice as well as the advice of recognized experts.

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An essential resource for nursing classrooms, in-service training, workshops and conferences, self-study, and wherever nursing professionals use ANA's "Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements" in their daily practice. Each chapter of this comprehensively revised text is devoted to a single Code provision, including: •Key ethical concepts. •Theories and models of ethical decision-making. •Historical, professional and societal issues, trends and other influences. •Each interpretive statement's contribution to interpreting and applying the provision examples and illustrative cases, based on real situations, to facilitate study and discussion. •Bibliographic Web links to key national and international documents.

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Unlike any other book in the field, EMS for Correctional and Secured Facilities is designed to address the unique circumstances surrounding the treatment of medical emergencies and trauma-related incidents within a correctional or other secure facility. When seconds count, and EMS personnel must wait for security clearance to enter into such a facility, it is important that facility staff have the ability to respond to medical emergencies until more advanced EMS personnel can assume response. Responding to this need, this book demonstrates CPR, AED, and methods for approaching offenders and correctional employees in need of medical assistance.

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Providing medical, dental, and mental health care to prison and jail inmates is both similar to and very different from providing care in the community. The familiar headaches of insurance reimbursement are perhaps less an issue in corrections, but budget constraints, security concerns, and a population that is in many respects less healthy, combine to make correctional health tremendously challenging for administrators and care providers. With chapters contributed by some of the leading authorities in practice today, Correctional Health Care: Practice, Administration and Law brings together an unrivalled team of experts focused on best practices and policies for the delivery of high quality care. This indispensable resource on institutional management issues and effective clinical approaches in the correctional environmen

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Correctional Mental Health is a broad-based, balanced guide for students who are learning to treat criminal offenders in a correctional mental health practice. Featuring a wide selection of readings, this edited text offers a thorough grounding in theory, current research, professional practice, and clinical experience. It emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to caring for the estimated 20% of all U.S. prisoners who have a serious mental disorder. Providing a balance between theoretical and practical perspectives throughout, the text also provides readers with a big-picture framework for assessing current correctional mental health and criminal justice issues, offering clear strategies for addressing these challenges.

When most people think of prison gangs, they think of chaotic bands of violent, racist thugs. Few people think of gangs as sophisticated organizations (often with elaborate written constitutions) that regulate the prison black market, adjudicate conflicts, and strategically balance the competing demands of inmates, gang members, and correctional officers. Yet as David Skarbek argues, gangs form to create order among outlaws, producing alternative governance institutions to facilitate illegal activity. He uses economics to explore the secret world of the convict culture, inmate hierarchy, and prison gang politics, and to explain why prison gangs form, how formal institutions affect them, and why they have a powerful influence over crime even beyond prison walls. The ramifications of his findings extend far beyond the seemingly irrational and often tragic society of captives. They also illuminate how social and political order can emerge in conditions where the traditional institutions of governance do not exist.

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This book discusses nursing in the criminal justice system in the UK and provides a helpful perspective on the correctional nursing specialty. At some point in their careers, most nurses encounter patients who are directly or indirectly involved with the criminal justice system. This thought-provoking book offers an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the correctional nursing practice.

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Correctional Nursing Continuing Education

Pedagogy Correctional Health Care Campus

I am a bit biased on this source since I develop the correctional healthcare specific continuing education here. The module specific to corrections are in video format and have application checkpoints to hold your attention. Here are the ones available so far with more on the way:

The Correctional Health Care Patient and Environment

Correctional Health Care Processes

Safety in the Correctional Setting

Medication Administration in the Correctional Setting

Risk and Documentation in the Correctional Setting

Special Issues in Corrections

Correctional Health Nursing CE at Nurse.com

OK, I am really showing my biases, but nurse.com has tons of fantastic text courses. I co-wrote or revised these corrections-specific modules:

Chronic Illness in the Correctional Setting

Control and Management of Infectious Diseases in the Correctional Setting

Legal Origins and Issues Behind Correctional Nursing

Psychiatric Nursing in the Correctional Setting

Women in Prison

Journal of Correctional Health Care (JCHC) Self-Study Program

If you are a member of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals you have a subscription to JCHC. Dig out your back issues and get reading. You can submit for nursing CE online using these step-by-step directions and obtain your CE certificates immediately.

Correctional Nurse Educator

Our friends over at Correctional Nurse Educator have some fantastic courses available, as well. Topics include Asthma, Chronic Care, Inmate Manipulation, Suicide Prevention, and much more. All are focused on correctional nursing practice.

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