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Caring: The Essence of Correctional Nursing By: Jamie S. Brodie, MSN, RN, CS, ANP:"Correctional settings pose unique dilemmas for professional nurses accustomed to working in traditional healthcare settings where the purpose and mission is care. Nurses working in correctional facilities must accept that the fundamental mission of a correctional facility is first and foremost public safety and security. While the delivery of healthcare is an important component of the institutional program, it is not the primary reason that the facility exists. This mission incongruency may have profound impact on nursing practice, and can create role strain as nurses strive to provide professional care within the boundaries of the security environment. Nurses adapt to the correctional setting by modifying their behavior, values and beliefs in ways that reduce this role strain."
Tennessee Nurses Association
545 Mainstream Drive, Suite 405, Nashville, Tennessee 37228-1296
Phone: (615) 254-0350, Fax: (615) 254-0303
http://www.tnaonline.org/04-01_feature.html

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Correctional Health Services, Mark Bravery BN, RGN, RPN, MRCNA :"Welcome to a resource site for health professionals everywhere, but especially for Correctional Health /Forensic health staff. Forensic means 'to do with or pertaining to the Courts of Law'. I realise that in the USA 'Forensic Nurses' work with people who are 'assulted and victims of violence etc. In Australia we use the more broader definition and it is to all health staff working in corrections areas that I would like to help provide resources."
http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Resort/2401/

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Correctional Nursing, Catherine Jones RN, MSA, Southern Regional Clinical Educator, University of Texas Medical Branch:"Correctional nursing is not any less stressful, or less demanding than working in a regular hospital, in fact it can be and many times is more stressful. Despite the fact that one must constantly be aware of their surroundings and be ever on the alert for “danger”, correctional nurses are still under the same guidelines as every other nurse to be professional, provide quality patient care, and to function as a patient advocate. Our patients don’t always arrive to see the doctor with a smile on their face. In fact many of the patients are angry, distrustful, and even afraid and are having a difficult time coping with their lack of freedom and privacy. Many times they may have difficulty “opening up” and discussing their health problems and concerns. The correctional nurse must have effective communication skills with the ability to listen and be patient. They must walk that fine line of empathy and sympathy and at the same time be able to provide the best possible care regardless of the present or past behavior of the patient."
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston TX 77555
(409) 772-1506
http://www.utmb.edu/cmc/cornursing2.htm

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Nurses Behind Bars, The Challenge of Correctional Nursing, By Angela Zimm, Correctional Medical Services:"The State's prison population represents a special challenge for healthcare workers. Much of the responsibility for meeting that challenge rests on the shoulders of nurses who work in the correctional facilities. Barbed wire, steel doors, gun-toting security guards, and a patient caseload that consists entirely of criminals. It sounds like an ominous place to practice nursing. But Joanne Mauldin, RN, BSN, says that when she joined the ranks of the healthcare professionals who work in Massachusetts' jails and prisons, she found a challenging and rewarding career."
Correctional Medical Services
12647 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63141
(800) 325-4809
http://www.cmsstl.com/nurses.html

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Nursing in California's Correctional Facilities, A Personal Story, by Carolyn A. Jayo RN, Working Nurse:"Near the completion of my LVN program, we had several guest speakers. One was a Registered Nurse and Ph.D. She strongly encouraged us to stay near home and to never even consider moving to California to practice nursing. She said that California was a very litigious state and very expensive. A few years later, while pursuing my RN degree, another instructor said the same thing about California: litigious and expensive. Despite these well-intended warnings, a decade later, I found myself not only nursing in California, but working within the California Prison System!"
Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=257&wn=1

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16 April 2005: Great Britain: Prison nurse tells of fight to save Shipman:"Paramedics not called to attend to mass killer. A NURSE told a court of her frustration that prison bosses failed to call an ambulance after mass murderer Harold Shipman was found hanged in his cell at Wakefield Jail. Annette Loftus described how she spent more than half an hour trying to resuscitate the former GP. But when she asked prison officer David Cooper when the emergency services would arrive, he told her a duty doctor had been summoned instead."
http://www.leedstoday.net/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=39&ArticleID=1001419

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Nursing Discussion Board for Nurses - allnurses.com: Nursing Specialties: Correctional:
http://allnurses.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=11

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Prison break, Correctional nurses enjoy greater degree of professional freedom behind bars, By Heather Stringer, NurseWeek:"The image of correctional nursing has improved,and more nurses are discovering the perks of treating inmates. For Margaret Collatt, RN, a certified correctional health professional who works for the Oregon Department of Corrections, the autonomy is one of the highlights of the field."
NurseWeek Publishing
1156-C Aster Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(800) 859-2091 Fax (408) 249-3756
http://www.nurseweek.com/news/features/01-03/correctional.asp

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Correctional Health Associations:

American Correctional Health Services Association:"The ACHSA mission is to be the voice of the correctional healthcare profession, and serve as an effective forum for communication addressing current issues and needs confronting correctional healthcare. ACHSA provides support, skill development, and education programs for healthcare personnel, organizations and decision-makers involved in correctional healthcare resulting in increased professionalism and a sense of community for correctional healthcare personnel, and positive changes in health for detained and incarcerated individuals."
American Correctional Health Services Association
250 Gatsby Place, Alpharetta, GA 30022-6161
Toll Free 1.877.918.1842 Fax 770.650.5789, Email: achsa@mindspring.com
http://www.corrections.com/achsa/

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National Commission on Correctional Health Care:"The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is to improve the quality of health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. With support from the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections, NCCHC's leadership in setting standards for health services is widely recognized. Building on that foundation, our not-for-profit organization offers a broad array of resources to help correctional health care systems provide efficient, high quality care."
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
1300 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
Phone (773) 880-1460 | Fax (773) 880-2424 E-mail ncchc@ncchc.org
http://www.ncchc.org/

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Behind Bars Aging Prison Population Challenges Correctional Health Systems, Nurseweek:"The prison population is growing at a record pace—over 7 percent annually—but for the first time, it’s graying even faster. The Department of Justice estimates that by the end of next year the U.S. prison population will exceed 2 million. And like society at large, prisoners are getting older, sicker, and more costly to care for."
http://www.nurseweek.com/features/99-7/prison.html

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Nurses' Participation in Capital Punishment: American Nursing Assocation Position Statement
http://www.ana.org/readroom/position/ethics/etcptl.htm

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Associations:

    Academy of Correctional Health Professionals:"The Academy of Correctional Health Professionals is the nation's community for correctional health care. Through publications, educational activities and special events, the Academy works to connect you with peers from across the country. The Academy provides you with the latest information and knowledge specifically designed to help you, the correctional health professional."
    PO Box 11117,m Chicago, Il 60611
    877.549.2247, Fax 773.880.2424
    http://www.correctionalhealth.org/

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    American Correctional Association:"For more than 125 years, the American Correctional Association has championed the cause of corrections and correctional effectiveness. Founded in 1870 as the National Prison Association, ACA is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession. During the first organizational meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, the assembly elected then-Ohio Governor and future President Rutherford B. Hayes as the first President of the Association. The Declaration of Principles developed at the first meeting in 1870 became the guidelines for corrections in the United States and Europe. At the ACA centennial meeting in 1970, a revised act of Principles, reflecting advances in theory and practice, was adopted by the Association."
    American Correctional Association
    4380 Forbes Boulevard Lanham, Maryland 20706-4322
    1-800-ACA-JOIN (301) 918-1800 fax: (301) 918-1900 e-mail: jeffw@aca.org
    http://www.aca.org

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    American Correctional Food Service Association:"The ACFSA is a national professional association created to serve the needs and interests of foodservice personnel in the correctional environment. The Association brings together highly- skilled foodservice workers who are interested in the common goal of providing nutritious, cost- efficient meal service for confined populations."
    | 4248 Park Glen Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416 PHONE: 612-928-4658 | FAX: 612-929-1318 | EMAIL: kwesloh@harringtoncompany.com
    http://www.corrections.com/acfsa/index.html

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    American Correctional Health Services Association:"The ACHSA mission is to be the voice of the correctional healthcare profession, and serve as an effective forum for communication addressing current issues and needs confronting correctional healthcare. ACHSA provides support, skill development, and education programs for healthcare personnel, organizations and decision-makers involved in correctional healthcare resulting in increased professionalism and a sense of community for correctional healthcare personnel, and positive changes in health for detained and incarcerated individuals."
    American Correctional Health Services Association
    250 Gatsby Place, Alpharetta, GA 30022-6161
    Toll Free 1.877.918.1842 Fax 770.650.5789 Email: achsa@mindspring.com
    http://www.corrections.com/achsa/

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    The Corrections Connection Network:"The Largest Online Resource for News & Information in Corrections"
    159 Burgin Parkway | Quincy, MA 02169 | 617-471-4445 | Fax 617-770-3339 email: webmaster@corrections.com
    http://www.corrections.com/

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    Criminal Justice Institute, Inc. (CJI):"The Criminal Justice Institute, Inc. (CJI) was established in 1978 to make significant contributions to criminal justice systems by providing consultation, research, and information dissemination services. CJI is a national firm with its main office located in Middletown, Connecticut, and a Washington, DC area office in Hagerstown, Maryland. CJI has an extensive history of successfully completing work funded via cooperative agreements and grants for the federal government, including several multi-year, million-dollar projects. CJI has a staff of fourteen employees, and a pool of several hundred consultants upon whom it draws for specific services for various projects. CJI has both the staff resources and the infrastructure, including state-of-the-art data/word processing and multimedia technologies, to complete its assigned project tasks."
    Criminal Justice Institute, Inc. (CJI)
    213 Court Street Suite 606
    Middletown, CT 06457
    p.860.704.6400 f.860.7046420 cji@cji-inc.com
    http://www.cji-inc.com/

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    National Commission on Correctional Health Care:"National Commission on Correctional Health Care's mission is to improve the quality of health care provided in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities. NCCHC develops and maintains the nationally recognized standards for correctional health care. These standards are used to accredit jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities, and to assist public and private agencies in monitoring the quality of medical services provided in these settings."
    1300 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60657 (773) 880-1460 | Fax: (773) 880-2424 | Email ncchc@ncchc.org
    http://www.corrections.com/ncchc/index.html

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Continuing Education:

Program on Legal and Ethical Issues in Correctional Health:"Correctional facilities, such as prisons, jails and juvenile detention, are some of the most complex settings in which to provide health services. The difficulty of the environment, poor health status and compromised access to health services add to the complexity and pose confounding legal and ethical issues for all concerned."
http://www2.utmb.edu/pleich/

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Correctional News Online:
1241 Andersen Drive, Suite N San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 460-6185 Fax (415) 460-6288 skyler@emlenpub.com
http://www.correctionalnews.com/

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Companies:

    America Service Group Inc.:"America Service Group Inc., based in Brentwood, Tennessee, is a leading provider of correctional healthcare services in the United States. America Service Group contracts with approximately one hundred government agencies to provide a wide range of managed healthcare programs tailored to specific client needs. The Company employs over 4,200 medical, professional and administrative staff nationwide."
    http://www.asgr.com/

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    Corrections Connection (Corrections.com):"The Corrections Connection's (Corrections.com) mission is to provide a comprehensive and unbiased online community for professionals and businesses working in the corrections industry and to "inform, educate and assist" corrections practitioners by providing best practices, online resources, weekly news, products and services, career opportunities, access to post and review bids, partnership opportunities, innovative technologies and educational tools."
    Ms. Laura E. Noonan President
    The Corrections Connection
    159 Burgin Parkway Quincy, MA 02169
    http://www.corrections.com

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    Correctional Service Canada (CSC):"Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is responsible for, on average, 13,000 incarcerated offenders and 10,000 offenders on conditional release. Canada's penitentiaries are of varying sizes and security levels, ranging from maximum security to community correctional centres. They are widely separated geographically, with institutions located in 8 out of 10 provinces. CSC Health Services derives its mandate from the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, which requires that inmates be provided with "essential health care" and "non-essential mental health care that will contribute to the inmate's rehabilitation and successful reintegration into the community." Policy direction is provided primarily through a series of Commissioner's Directives and is augmented by several policy memoranda and protocols."
    Lucie Poliquin Senior Nursing Advisor, Correctional Service Canada
    4B - 340 Laurier Avenue West
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0P9
    Telephone: (613) 943-5333 E-mail: poliquinlm@csc-scc.gc.ca
    http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/text/carinf/nursing_e.shtml

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    Correctional Health Services, Inc.:"Correctional Health Services, Inc. (CHS). CHS, a managed healthcare company, provides a comprehensive range of medical and financial management services, health professional staffing and cost reduction/ cost containment programs for adult and juvenile detention facilities."
    http://www.corrhealth.com/

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Correctional Health Nursing Courses:

University of Connecticut Health Center Correctional Managed Health Care program (CMHC):"The University of Connecticut Health Center Correctional Managed Health Care program (CMHC) offers nurses an alternative specialty -- one that is rapidly growing and evolving in the area of community health care. Correctional Nursing provides the opportunity to practice nursing in a unique, diverse environment with a team of multidisciplinary health care professionals."
165 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06106
Fax (860) 713-7401
Diane Fitzpatrick (860) 713-5259 diane.fitzpatrick@po.state.ct.us
http://www.das.state.ct.us/HR/Nurse/NU_Agency_Profiles_UCONNHC_CMHC.asp

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Infectious Diseases:

Clinical Infectious Diseases:"Inaugurated in 1979 to complement JID, this journal publishes state-of-the-art clinical articles, including those in microbiology; a regular AIDS/TB Commentary; sections covering medical and legal issues and managed care symposia; time-saving review articles, which survey the growing body of research literature in a specific area or on a group of related topics; and thematic studies on central topics in infectious disease research."
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/CID/home.html

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Correctional HIV Consortium:"The only national nonprofit organization providing services relating to HIV and TB in prison."
50 California Street Suite 1500 San Francisco, California 94111 VOICE: (415) 439-5285 FAX: (415) 439-5299

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TB Screening Guidelines for Corrections: Do You Have the Latest Information?
http://www.corrections.com/healthnet/

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