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Name: Correctional Nurse
Description: Provides for the healthcare of inmates in correctional facilities such as juvenile offender homes, jails, prisons, and penitentiaries
Diagnoses: Acute, such as trauma and influenza, and chronic health problems, including AIDS, substance abuse, mental illness, renal failure/dialysis, respiratory diseases, terminal cancer
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse manager, supervisor, coordinator, director
Characteristics: Making a difference, long-term relationships, patient gratitude
Client age group: Children, adults
Drawbacks: Presence of guards, difficulty in establishing trust and confidential relationships, bureaucratic red tape
Desirable skills: Medical-surgical, emergency management, and trauma skills; ability to function independently
Education: RN with AD, diploma, or BSN
Employers: Correctional systems/prisons, staffing agencies, juvenile offender facilities
Associations:
National Commission on Correctional Healthcare
1300 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773-880-1460