Some days it is hard to remember why you are a correctional nurse! Maybe you just got done convincing the laundry that you really DO need sheets in the infirmary this morning. Or, possibly you’ve just been told that the duty officer was pulled to a housing unit for a contraband sweep and there is no one to escort the afternoon med pass. Then again, it could be that a patient (AGAIN) tried to convince you in sick call that he must have tramadol for his sinus headaches – “it is the only thing that works,” and “Oh, by the way, am I on the list to see the Provider today?”
How do you maintain your “reason for being” in the midst of the chaotic world that is correctional nursing? I have found it helpful to return to a list of principles found in the ANA Scope and Standard of Correctional Nursing to re-center my practice and remind my frustrated soul what it is all about.
Principles of Correctional Nursing
From American Nurses Association, 2013
Reason for BEING in Correctional Nursing
This list reminds me that the essence of correctional nursing is caring for and respecting the human dignity of the incarcerated. Somehow that helps me rise above the current fray. Limited resources, challenging patients, competing security priorities, and ongoing concern for personal safety can thwart anyone’s efforts toward principled nursing practice. A frequent return to the core values and goals that provide the foundation to our correctional nursing practice reminds me of the meaning and importance of our role.
What do you do to regain your ‘mojo’ in your nursing practice? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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