Corrections RNs examine, diagnose and treat incarcerated patients held in facilities like prisons, halfway houses, and juvenile detention centers.
May have more independence than other nursing specialists since the work environment leads to a smaller staff. They also have fewer supplies and must hone their assessment skills.
Duties include properly maintaining safety procedures, limit the use of dangerous tools (like scalpels or intravenous drips).
Correctional nurses can enhance their credentials by receiving optional certification from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) (wwww.ncchc.org). They also must take the Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) exam.