What Does the Wizard of Oz Have to Do with Correctional Nursing?
The cynical among us might say that there are days in this profession when you feel like a house just dropped on you or that there are flying monkeys on every shift and your patients are all trying to make you think that they’re not behind a curtain pulling levers. Yes, in the middle of a long shift, we may be wishing we could click the heels of magical ruby slippers three times, repeating “there’s no place like home”, and be transported back to sanity. 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Caught in the Tornado
Section I: This isn’t Kansas Anymore, Toto!
Chapter 1. A Different Work Environment
Chapter 2. A Different Patient Population
Chapter 3. A Different Language
Chapter 4. Different Types of Colleagues
Chapter 5. Same Dorothy, Though
Section II: If I Only Had a Brain – Correctional Nurse Knowledge
Chapter 6. Health Care Processes
Chapter 7. High Risk Issues
Chapter 8. Unusual Medical Conditions
Chapter 9. Frequent Mental Health Disorders
Chapter 10. The Women and Children
Chapter 11. Correctional Nurse Legal Concerns
Section III: More than an Empty Tin Chest – Correctional Nurse Caring
Chapter 12. Caring in the Correctional Environment
Chapter 13. Working with Inmates as Patients
Chapter 14. Guarding Your Heart and Person
Section IV: The Nerve – Courage to be a Correctional Nurse
Chapter 15. Moral Courage in the Correctional Context
Section V: Destination – Emerald City and the Wizard
Chapter 16. Who is in Charge Here?
Conclusion: You Have Always Had the Power!
About the Author
Lorry Schoenly is a nurse author and educator specializing in correctional health care. She provides consulting services to jails and prisons across the US, helping to improve professional nursing practice and patient safety. Dr. Schoenly actively promotes correctional health care through social media outlets and increases the visibility of the specialty through her popular blog – CorrectionalNurse.Net. Her podcast, Correctional Nursing Today, reviews correctional health care news and interviews correctional health care leaders. She is the recipient of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care 2013 B. Jaye Anno Award of Excellence in Communication. Lorry is author of The Correctional Health Care Patient Safety Handbook and co-editor and chapter author of Essentials of Correctional Nursing, the first primary practice text for the correctional nursing specialty. She resides in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania.
Praise for the Guide
The Wizard of Oz Guide to Correctional Nursing is a creative and fun approach to delivering the basics about correctional health care. Lorry skillfully takes us on a parallel journey through Oz and the unique specialty of correctional nursing. As the reader navigates through the book practical and relevant advice is offered. Novice and experienced correctional nurses will be reminded to stay focused, like Dorothy, on the ultimate goal of reaching Kansas. Kansas, for correctional nurses, is attained by providing great patient care through specialty knowledge, safety, and sound nursing practice. The comparison of the two worlds subtly delivers the message that each nurse holds the power to positively impact care delivery and patient lives.
Jennifer Slencak, BSN, RN, CCHP-RN
Correct Care Solutions
Corporate Director of Nursing – Corrections
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