Inmate Manipulation in Corrections GP 2022

Inmate Manipulation in Corrections Every day, inmates spend their time watching and waiting. They watch with deep interest all that occurs in the facility, waiting until they identify just the right person to target in their manipulation game. Often, inmates direct their attention to the healthcare staff, as healthcare staff are stereotypically sympathetic and wanting…

Abdominal Assessment for the Correctional Nurse: Constipation and Diarrhea

Abdominal Assessment for the Correctional Nurse: Constipation and Diarrhea Constipation and diarrhea are common complaints in the correctional environment.  In this class, the basic abdominal assessment skills will be reviewed.  Constipation and diarrhea will be explained, and potential reasons for each will be discussed.  Common nursing interventions for the patient with constipation and diarrhea will…

Abdominal Assessment for the Correctional Nurse: Basic Assessment

Abdominal Assessment for the Correctional Nurse: Basic Assessment With this class, we begin a three-part series on Abdominal Assessment for the Correctional Nurse.  This first class will include basic abdominal assessment, expected normal findings and potential abnormalities in each region.  The second and third class will review abdominal assessment techniques, and will discuss in more…

Documentation for the Correctional Nurse

Documentation for the Correctional Nurse Documentation is one of the most critical skills nurses perform, regardless of the setting in which they practice. Accurate, detailed charting provides a clinical picture of the patient and a chronological history of their health care. Nursing documentation enables effective continuity of care for the patient. It also provides legal…

Diabetes for the Correctional Nurse

Diabetes for the Correctional Nurse In the US Department of Justice’s Special Report on the Medical Problems of State and Federal Prisoners and Jail Inmates, 2011-12 that was published in early 2015 (most current as of 2018-2019), a 200% increase in the number of incarcerated individuals with diabetes was documented from 2004 to this report. …

Wound Care for the Correctional Nurse

Wound Care for the Correctional Nurse In the correctional environment, depending upon the population and the type of facility (jail or prison), the wounds typically seen could be acute or chronic, but all require nursing assessment, treatment and monitoring.  In this class, both acute and chronic wounds will be discussed. Obtaining the wound history, conducting a…

Excited Delirium in Corrections

Excited Delirium It is 5:00 pm on a Saturday night, and Mr. Joel arrives at Booking in the County Jail in the custody of four Deputies. The Deputies tell you that he was picked up at the train station because he was “acting crazy”, pulling his clothes off and screaming that he “did not want…

Common Mental Health Disorders for the Correctional Nurse

Common Mental Health Disorders for the Correctional Nurse Estimates are that nearly 67% of inmates have a serious mental illness, while over half report at least one mental condition (Bureau of Justice, 2021). Even if you are providing nursing care for a medical condition, a co-occurring mental health condition can affect the nurse-patient relationship. Mental…

Rhabdomyolysis for the Correctional Nurse

Rhabdomyolysis for the Correctional Nurse Rhabdomyolysis means the “dissolution of skeletal muscle”.  It is a syndrome caused by direct muscle injury, or a mismatch between energy production and energy consumption that results in a breakdown of muscle cells.  This breakdown results in the leakage of potentially toxic intracellular contents into the systemic circulation.  While there…

Sickle Cell Disease for the Correctional Nurse

Sickle Cell Disease for the Correctional Nurse Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic condition in which the protein that carries oxygen in the blood is misshapen. The result of this sickle-shaped hemoglobin is less oxygen to parts of the body, red blood cells getting “stuck” and occluding certain vascular areas, and red blood cells that…