The intent of the book is to support correctional nurses by providing guidance and resources about the best practices to deliver nursing care that reduces suffering and improves the quality of life for incarcerated individuals, their families and the community at large. Nurses who work in other settings also encounter patients who are incarcerated or who have been incarcerated. These settings include emergency departments, specialty clinics, hospitals, psychiatric treatment units, community health clinics, substance abuse treatment programs and long term care settings. Explanations and resources are provided in the book so that nurses in other settings are comfortable assessing and responding to the health needs of these patients. Students in graduate and undergraduate nursing programs may use the text to prepare for a learning experience in the correctional setting or to understand health care needs of this population in relation to community health.
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