Correctional Healthcare Processes

Have you just discovered the hidden healthcare practice setting of jails and prisons? Maybe you responded to an employment notice or met a nurse working in a local facility. Or, you may be preparing for an interview or your first day of work on a temporary assignment at a state prison. Many nurses and others in healthcare are not even aware of the interesting and challenging field of correctional healthcare.

This course provides an overview of the five primary processes used to deliver healthcare in a correctional facility. In just one short hour you will gain insight into how ambulatory, emergency, and chronic health care is provided behind bars.

This is a video-style course with text content located at the end of the chapter.​

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Upon conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the process and purpose of an intake health screening.
  2. Explain key components of the ambulatory care processes of sick call and chronic care clinics.
  3. Summarize issues in addressing subacute and long term care in a correctional infirmary.
  4. Outline safety concerns in responding to a man-down emergency call.


Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Video Link: Nurse at Corrections

Chapter 2: Intake Screening and Placement

  • Purpose
  • Phases
  • Special Risk Areas
  • Video Link: Nursing Behind Bars
  • Interactive Case 1

Chapter 3: Chronic Care Clinics and Sick Call

  • Chronic Care Clinics
  • Sick Call
  • Example of Nursing Protocol
  • Interactive Case 2

Chapter 4: Infirmary Care and Emergency Response

  • Infirmary Care
  • Emergency Response
  • Example Infirmary Policy
  • Summary
  • Interactive Case 3

Chapter 5: References

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Lorry Schoenly

Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN is a nurse author and educator specializing in the field of correctional health care. She provides consulting services to jails and prisons across the country on projects to improve professional nursing practice and patient safety. 

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