Special Issues in Corrections

The particulars of the incarcerated patient population and the characteristics of the secure environment of care lead to increased healthcare activity involving several nursing concerns. This module provides important information regarding three key concerns for correctional nurses – suicide assessment and intervention; substance withdrawal observation and management; and reducing the spread of infections in a closed setting such as a correctional facility.

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 key concerns of suicide, substance withdrawal, and infection.
  2. Explain intervention to take to reduce the incidence of suicide attempts, poor substance withdrawal outcomes, and infection spread.
  3. Outline action to take in the event of a suicide attempt, substance withdrawal initiation, or infectious disease episode in a correctional setting.


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Suicide and Self-Injury

  • Suicide Awareness through the Continuum
  • Suicide Prevention Interventions
  • Responding to a Suicide Attempt
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Jail Suicide Prevention 
  • Self-Injury
Chapter 3: Substance Withdrawal
  • Prevalence of Substance Use
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Benzodiazepine Withdrawal
  • Opiate Withdrawal
  • A Word About Drug Overdose
Chapter 4: Infections
  • Prevalence of Infection
  • Infection Transmission Prevention
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Hand Hygiene Music Video 
  • Common Infection Concerns
  • Botulism
  • Bugs that are Really Bugs
Chapter 4: Text Content

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: $12.00

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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