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March 2015

THE SITUATION: A call just came in from cell block D. They are enroute with an inmate for evaluation after being subdued with several applications of pepper spray following an aggressive incident. Two officers also sustained minor injuries during the take-down. What should the nurse prepare to do...
Posted: 3/26/2015 10:06:09 AM
The majority of our inmate patients are still fairly young. Many of the youthful inmate population spend available time in sports and bodybuilding activities. These individuals are prone to contracting exertional rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo). Correctional nurses need to be alert to the potential and...
Posted: 3/19/2015 10:00:53 AM
Why Teaching Nurses to Be Assertive for Patients AND Themselves is Essential for Safe Care and Cultures

In an earlier post I highly recommended a TED Talk by Leilani Schweitzer, whose little boy, Gabriel’s heart stopped while hospitalized. All of the alarms that he was hooked...
Posted: 3/17/2015 6:51:54 AM
Unfortunately, correctional nurses must be wary of a variety of motives behind inmate-patients seeking medical or mental health treatment. Malingering is defined as the intentional falsification or exaggeration of symptoms for external motives or secondary gain. There is a high incidence of...
Posted: 3/9/2015 1:00:00 AM
I recently read a report in which walking programs designed for sedentary elders had no real impact on avoiding falls. One reason for this is that while walking improved mobility, it didn’t improve balance. 
Posted: 3/2/2015 1:52:01 AM
Unfortunately, your psychopathic patient is not as easy to identify as the fellow in the pix. He or she will be quite charming and attentive. If you aren’t careful, you will be drawn right into his current scam. Nurses working medical are not always savvy about the ways of the criminally...
Posted: 3/2/2015 1:00:00 AM
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