Clinical Judgment for the Correctional Nurse

2.0 Continuing Education Hours

In correctional health care, nurses are usually the first health care professional to assess a health concern or complaint. Patients present with virtually every type of health problem, and many have co-occurring conditions that can complicate the diagnosis and plan of care. Therefore, correctional nursing practice requires knowledge and experience with a broad array of conditions and presenting problems to make clinical judgments about the nature of the problem, actions to be taken, and urgency of response.

In this class, we will discuss what is clinical judgment, why it is important for correctional nursing, and ways that we can improve our clinical judgment.