Safety in the Correctional Setting

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 important information that will keep you safe while working in a correctional facility. In just one short hour you will gain insight into how to guard your personal and professional safety while providing healthcare in a jail or prison.

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

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the personal and environmental safety principles for working in a correctional setting.
  2. Explain the concepts of under and over involvement in patient relationships.
  3. List examples of professional boundary violations common in the correctional setting.
  4. Outline effective responses to manipulation and patient anger during patient interactions in a correctional setting.


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Personal and Environmental Safety

  • Personal Safety
  • Environmental Safety
  • Additional Resource: Managing Aggressive Behavior

Chapter 3: Professional boundaries in the Patient Relationship

  • What is a boundary violation?
  • Staying in the zone
  • Maintaining Balance – Over involvement
  • Identifying inappropriate professional behavior

Chapter 4: Professional Boundaries – Under-involvement

  • Reasons to be skeptical
  • Ways to remain objectively caring
  • Chapter 4 Check Point
  • Additional Resource: The Nurse’s Guide to Professional Boundaries

Chapter 5: Patient manipulation

  • Staff characteristics
  • Watch for these techniques
  • Protect yourself from manipulation

Chapter 6: Dealing with the angry patient

  • Three types of responses
  • Tips for dealing with angry patients
  • Summary
  • Additional Resource: Universal Upset Person Protocol
  • Chapter 6 Check Point

Chapter 7: References

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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