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Essentials of Correctional Nursing

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  • Lorry Schoenly PhD, RN, CCHP-RN
  • Catherine M. Knox RN, MN, CCHP-RN
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Essentials of Correctional Nursing is the first new and comprehensive text about this growing field to be published in the last decade. Fortunately, the editors have done a great job in all respects...This book should be required reading for all medical practitioners and administrators working in jails or prisons. It certainly belongs on the shelf of every nurse, physician, ancillary healthcare professional and corrections administrator."--Corhealth (The Newsletter of the American Correctional Health Services Association)

I highly recommend Essentials of Correctional Nursing, by Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN and Catherine M. Knox, MN, RN, CCHP-RN, editors. This long-awaited book, dedicated to the professional specialty of correctional nursing, is not just a "good read," it is one of "those books" that stays on your desk and may never make it to the bookshelf."--American Jails

Correctional nursing has minimal published texts to support, educate, and provide ongoing best practices in this specialty. Schoenly and Knox have successfully met those needs with Essentials of Correctional Nursing."--Journal of Correctional Health Care

Nurses have been described as the backbone of correctional health care. Yet the complex challenges of caring for this disenfranchised population are many. Ethical dilemmas around issues of patient privacy and self-determination abound, and the ability to adhere to the central tenet of nursing, the concept of caring, is often compromised. Essentials of Correctional Nursing supports correctional nurses by providing a comprehensive body of current, evidence-based knowledge about the best practices to deliver optimal nursing care to this population. It describes how nurses can apply their knowledge and skills to assess the full range of health conditions presented by incarcerated individuals and determine the urgency and priority of requisite care. The book describes the unique health needs and corresponding care for juveniles, women, and individuals at the end of life. Chapters are devoted to nursing care for patients with chronic disease, infectious disease, mental illness, or pain, or who are in withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. Chapters addressing health screening, medical emergencies, sick call, and dental care describe how nurses identify, respond to, and manage these health care concerns in the correctional setting.

The Essentials of Correctional Nursing was written and reviewed by experienced correctional nurses with thousands of hours of experience. American Nurses Association standards are woven throughout the text, which provide the information needed by nurses studying for certification exams in correctional nursing. The text will also be of value to nurses working in such settings as emergency departments, specialty clinics, hospitals, psychiatric treatment units, community health clinics, substance abuse treatment programs, and long-term care settings, where they may encounter patients who are currently or have previously been incarcerated.

Key Features:

  • Addresses legal and ethical issues surrounding correctional nursing
  • Covers common inmate-patient health care concerns and diseases
  • Discusses the unique health needs of juveniles, women, and individuals at the end of life
  • Describes how nurses can safely navigate the correctional environment to create a therapeutic alliance with patients
  • Provides information about health screening, medical emergencies, sick call, and dental care
  • Serves as a core resource in the preparation for correctional nursing certification exams

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 14, 2012
  • Page Count 404
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826109514
  • EISBN 9780826109521

Online Supplements 

Want to learn more about Essentials of Correctional Nursing? Read the press release about the book and health care in the criminal justice system:


Also visit the Essentials of Correctional Nursing website to learn more about the book and read articles about correctional nursing by co-authors Lorry Schoenly and Catherine Knox.

Table of Contents 

Part I: Overview of Correctional Nursing

Chapter 1: Context of Correctional Nursing

Chapter 2: Ethical Principles for Correctional Nursing

Chapter 3: Legal Considerations in Correctional Nursing

Chapter 4: Safety for the Nurse and the Patient

Part II: Common Inmate-Patient Health Care Concerns and Diseases

Chapter 5: Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal

Chapter 6: Chronic Conditions

Chapter 7: Dental Conditions

Chapter8: End of Life and Palliative Care

Chapter 9: Women's Health Care

Chapter 10: Infectious Diseases

Chapter 11: Health and Wellbeing of Juveniles

Chapter 12: Mental Health Issues

Chapter 13: Pain Management

Part III: Nursing Care Processes

Chapter 14: Health Screening

Chapter 15: Sick Call

Chapter 16: Referrals, Transfers and Continuity of Care

Chapter 17: Chronic Care Management

Chapter 18: Emergency Care Delivery

Part IV: Professional Role and Responsibilities

Chapter 19: Management and Leadership

Chapter 20: Research

Chapter 21: Professional Practice

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