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Women's Health Issues
for the Correctional Nurse

By all accounts there are more women behind bars now than in any time in US history. This phenomenon is certainly not what was intended when the movement toward gender equity gained steam in the 1970’s. Although women still constitute less than 10% of the inmate population, their numbers are increasing rapidly. This growing number means that correctional nurses need to understand the specific issues surrounding the provision of nursing care to this segment of patients.