Whether you are a Physician or Nurses Aid, you have chosen the healthcare profession to make a difference in people’s lives. Having the ability and desire to provide exceptional patient care is a calling or second nature to most in the healthcare industry. However, there are times that providing exceptional patient care can be somewhat of a challenge, especially when dealing with a patient that may not be the cheeriest or easiest to deal with. Following are 5 ways to build a stronger relationship between patient and provider. Continue reading
A Peek Behind the Bars
With more than 2.2 million people currently incarcerated in our nation’s prison and jail system, there is a growing need for qualified medical professionals that are able to support this undeserved population. While not the right assignment for every nurse, those that choose to pursue a career in this unique healthcare environment will experience a host of benefits not readily available in more traditional healthcare settings. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of a correctional nursing career and to determine if this career path is the right fit for you.
Correctional nurses are the face of healthcare within the corrections environment. In many cases, they serve as the gatekeeper to physicians and other medical services. From an initial assessment of a patient’s needs to developing a treatment plan (in consultation with a doctor), nurses are the primary (and sometimes only) healthcare provider that patients will have access to for their medical needs. Thus correctional nursing provides clinicians with an opportunity to utilize the full range of their clinical expertise (within a provider’s discretion) to support the health and safety of the inmates.
Correctional Nursing Benefit: Use the full range of your medical knowledge
Staffing of nurses within healthcare organizations continues to be one of the most challenging and complex issues facing management today. Research from the last two decades shows there is a link between the importance of adequate nurse staffing in achieving good patient outcomes, safety, and satisfaction. This topic and research is nothing new to hospital administration and management, but it is important that every nurse have a basic understanding of the staffing processes and related terms, know how their unit and organization perform these functions, and be actively involved in the solution. Here are three practical thoughts/solutions for nurses to this ever evolving challenge. Continue reading