There is much to be done in correctional nursing to develop the evidence on which best practice is based. Correctional nurses need to further define and develop this area of professional practice; to transform health care delivery to improve patient outcomes in correctional settings; and advocate on behalf of individual patients as well as the population for adequate health care. The Essentials of Correctional Nursing provides a framework for review and application of research to promote the quality patient care. Finally nurses are invited to reflect on their own practice and challenged to consider the future of correctional nursing, setting the stage for growth of the specialty.
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