California state prison medical staff received hands-on training in skills from spinal immobilization to medication management Dec. 8 at the Chuckawalla Valley State Prison medical department’s Nursing Skills Day.Emanuel Jones, RN, Carolyn Clark, RN, Grace Caulker, RN, Mony Mathews, RN, and Christine Perez, RN, learn about spinal immobilization from paramedic Kathleen Cassie Davis, NREMT-P (second from right), of Blythe Ambulance Service.
State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff also trained staff from the Chuckawalla Valley, Ironwood, Centinela, and Calipatria state prisons in airway management, patient assessment, splinting and bandaging techniques, radio use, defensive driving, and emergency medical response equipment. The students learned about each topic from an instructor at a teaching station. Additionally, two paramedics from Blythe Ambulance Service taught hands-on emergency medical skills.From left: Mark Richardson, RN, BS, NREMT-P, nurse instructor; Sally Rodriguez, RN, BSN, PHN, director of nursing; and J. F. Salazar, warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison.
The Chuckawalla Valley prison’s medical department developed Nursing Skills Day to promote quality health services to those who are incarcerated.
The department says it plans to make Nursing Skills Day an annual event.