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Correctional Nursing: What Makes Us Different From Other Nurses?  

Author:  Ralf J.  Salke, RN, BSN, CCHP-A.

Source: Volume 12, Number 03, March/April 2011 , pp.35-36(2)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Correctional nursing is not much different from nursing in the free world. We just do not forget whom we are delivering health care to. It is not important for our health care staff to know the crimes or the alleged crimes of our patients, who are individuals in need of medically necessary care. As such, CMS will provide this service to the incarcerated individuals. We provide care based on community standards and guidelines set forth by the National Commission of Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). In addition, our services have been reviewed by the University of Missouri’s Department of Health Management and Infomatics under the Health Plan Employer Data Information Set (HEDIS) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) performance indicators.

Keywords: CMS, NCCHC, HEDIS, JCAHO, nursing protocols, Chronic-care clinics, clinical pathways, health fairs

Affiliations:  1: Correctional Medical Services.

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