ANA Releases Newly Revised Scope And Standards For Nurses In Correctional System Settings (4/12)

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April 12, 2007


Mary McNamara, 301-628-5198

ANA Releases Newly Revised Scope And Standards For Nurses In Correctional System Settings

SILVER SPRING, MD - This book is the second revision of Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice in Correctional facilities, first released in 1995. Corrections' nursing delivers patient care within the distinctive environments of the criminal justice system, to include juvenile detention centers and substance abuse treatment facilities. Registered nurses in this field must demonstrate the essence of nursing in practice settings and work environments for which health care is not a primary mission, delivering adequate and humane levels of health care in an unbiased and nonjudgmental manner.

An RN in any corrections setting, then, must be qualified across an enormous range of healthcare work. The corrections nurse must be prepared to address patient needs including those associated with women's health, the full arc of the age continuum (from pediatric through geriatric), and end-of-life care. Further, RNs in such settings must understand and apply the concepts of primary care services that employ the skill sets of ambulatory care, community health, emergency, occupational health, public health, and school nursing.

Corrections Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice articulates the essentials of this nursing specialty, its activities and accountabilities at all practice levels and settings. It is a core resource for the nurses who focus their professional life in this arena. It is also an essential resource for others in related healthcare work, including other care providers, researchers and scholars, and those involved in funding, legal, policy, and regulatory activities.

Press copies for media contacts are available upon request by contacting Francine Bennett at Please include name of publication, organization, reviewer name and address information including phone and email address.

Published:   01/07
Page #:      76 pp.
Pub. #:      07SSCN
ISBN- 13:978-1-55810-246-0
Price:        List $16.95/ANA Member $13.45

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The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member nurses associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

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