Correctional Nurse Practice: The Unique Roles of LPN/LVNs and RNs in Corrections
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by Lori Roscoe
1w ago
Correctional nursing presents unique challenges, including working within a confined environment; managing diverse health issues that may have been neglected in the community;  and navigating security protocols. However, it also offers immense rewards, like making a positive impact on a population that is negatively affected  by the social determinants of health, and contributing to positive ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Practice: The Unique Roles of LPN/LVNs and RNs in Corrections ..read more
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Correctional Nurse Clinical Update:  Assessing Neurological Impairment in Patients 
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by Lori Roscoe
2w ago
Assessing neurological function is a critical aspect of patient care, especially for healthcare professionals working in the correctional setting. Recognizing signs of neurological impairment can aid in early detection and prompt intervention. Here’s a guide to conducting a basic neurological assessment: Understanding Neurological Assessment The nervous system is intricate, governing various bodily functions. A neurological ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update:  Assessing Neurological Impairment in Patients  ..read more
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Top Posts of 2023
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by Lori Roscoe
1M ago
Already another year has gone by and I want to thank everyone reading this blog for your enthusiasm and support.  In 2023 we had over 138,000 posts read!  This is incredible to me, and certainly makes the work gratifying knowing that someone is reading it. Below I have listed the posts that received the most ... Read More about Top Posts of 2023 ..read more
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The Pitfalls of Empty Phrases in Health Record Documentation
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by Lori Roscoe
2M ago
In the world of healthcare, meticulous documentation is the cornerstone of effective patient care. Every word written in a health record carries significant weight, providing a snapshot of the patient’s condition, guiding subsequent care, and influencing treatment plans. However, amidst the quest for precision, there’s a prevalent yet overlooked issue: the use of seemingly meaningful, ... Read More about The Pitfalls of Empty Phrases in Health Record Documentation ..read more
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Advancing Excellence: Professional Development in Correctional Nursing
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by Lori Roscoe
2M ago
In the realm of healthcare, professional development stands as a cornerstone for nurses aiming to excel in their roles. Within the unique sphere of correctional nursing, where healthcare intersects with the criminal justice system, the significance of ongoing education and skill enhancement cannot be overstated. The dynamic nature of this specialty demands continual growth, adapting ... Read More about Advancing Excellence: Professional Development in Correctional Nursing ..read more
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Legal Risk and the Correctional Nurse
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by Lorry Schoenly
3M ago
All nurses need to be concerned about legal risk in their nursing career no matter the specialty. Correctional nurses, however, have some specific areas of concern based on our unique setting and patient population. Because correctional nurses work in a custody environment designed to maintain security and order rather than for providing healthcare, conflict can ... Read More about Legal Risk and the Correctional Nurse ..read more
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Moral Distress and Correctional Nursing
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by Lori Roscoe
3M ago
Moral distress in nursing is described as a psychological imbalance or disequilibrium that occurs when nurses finding themselves in situations where they feel unable to do the right thing. This conflict can cause physical, emotional and spiritual suffering. The residual build up of continuing moral distress can lead to burnout and burden. Correctional nurses have ... Read More about Moral Distress and Correctional Nursing ..read more
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Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Direct Observation Therapy Medication Administration Pointers
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by Lori Roscoe
4M ago
Two hundred inmates are once again in line for their medications. A harried custody officer, in charge of line security, is tapping his foot in annoyance as you look up an unfamiliar medication recently ordered for the inmate in front of you. The order is a bit confusing because it is written as 2 tabs ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Clinical Update: Direct Observation Therapy Medication Administration Pointers ..read more
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Patient Safety: Better than Risk Management or Quality Improvement
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by Lori Roscoe
4M ago
A 48-year-old woman, arrested for Driving Under the Influence, collapses in her jail cell and is pronounced dead of a pulmonary embolism after emergency transport to the nearby hospital. A lawsuit is settled by mediation and two staff members are disciplined for negligent behavior after an internal investigation. Keeping patients safe is fundamental to our ... Read More about Patient Safety: Better than Risk Management or Quality Improvement ..read more
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Correctional Nurse Practice Update: Addressing Food Allergies in Corrections
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by Lori Roscoe
5M ago
Food allergies can be a real challenge for correctional nurses. It is important to document these allergies during intake screenings and put safeguards in place to avoid allergic reactions behind bars. However, incarcerated individuals can report food allergies that are really preferences (I’m allergic to bologna sandwiches) or food intolerances (I’m allergic to onions). How ... Read More about Correctional Nurse Practice Update: Addressing Food Allergies in Corrections ..read more
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