Correctional Facility Nurse
|1. ||Basic description—The nurse who works in a correctional
facility provides health care for all inmates. This includes case
management, responding to episodes of acute illness, managing
emergency calls, psychiatric evaluations, and assessment of new
inmates. Types of patients are those with health problems related
to chronic illness, AIDS, substance abuse, renal failure/dialysis,
respiratory diseases, and terminal cancer.|
|2. ||Educational requirements—RN preparation. Positions are entry level and orientation and assignment to a preceptor is required
in most correctional facilities.|
|3. ||Core competencies/skills needed—The nurse who works in
a correctional facility needs strong basic nursing skills, including|
|• ||The ability to function to function independently|
|• ||The ability to respond to emergency situations|
|• ||Knowledge of mental health issues|
|• ||Health promotion and disease prevention skills|
|• ||Strong assessment skills|
|4. ||Compensation—Varies with geographic location, type, and size
of correctional facility.|
|5. ||Employment outlook—High|
|6. ||Related Web site and professional organization:|
|• ||Official Home of Corrections: www.corrections.com|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing.
Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 33.
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