This site is here to help nurses working in the criminal justice system – jails, prisons, juvenile detention centers – as well as those working in traditional healthcare settings that include prisoners as patients.
Nurses in traditional settings like hospitals may have contact with prisoners through the emergency room, short stay unit, labor and delivery, or just as a med/surg patient. There can many apprehensions and misconceptions about the inmate patient population.
The inmate patient population has many distinct characteristics to keep in mind when providing care. Although each patient is an individual, the population, as a whole, is likely to have these characteristics that should be taken into consideration when providing care.
Learn more about caring for criminal-justice involved patients in the pages of this website.
Hi, my name is Lorry Schoenly. Like many nurses practicing in the criminal justice system, I came across the specialty by accident. I discovered the invisible world of correctional nursing when I answered an online advertisement for a nurse educator for the New Jersey Prison System. My first reaction was – “There are nurses in prison? Who knew?” It only took a few seconds to realize that of course there would be need for nurses behind bars. Prisoners have health needs and get sick just like the rest of us. I started in correctional nursing in 2005 and found my niche. Whether you are an ‘accidental’ correctional nurse or chose the specialty, I am grateful for your interest in caring for our disadvantaged and often unlovable patients. I hope you find encouragement and information in the pages of this website.
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