Nursing Health Assessment in Corrections

Nursing Health Assessment in Corrections 

Correctional healthcare nurses provide medical, dental, and mental health assessments that track the inmate patient healthcare status from intake through intra-system transfer and onto release. It is imperative the assessments be completed in a systematic and consistent manner. This course is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in performing these health assessments. This training will help you to develop more confidence in completing a detailed clinical history and physical examination. Upon completion of this process, you will be able to identify those inmates who are appropriate for immediate placement in general population, those who need referral for additional healthcare services, and those whose health status requires immediate referral for emergent services. It will also deepen your understanding of the correct examination techniques for each of the organ systems by providing step-by-step guidelines. There are many examples and interactive exercises that will assist you in applying what you have learned. When you return to your facility, you will be well-prepared for conducting comprehensive health assessments!


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: EL-HA-CORR-0
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe the process of taking an inmate/patient centered medical history
Identify the presence or absence of common symptoms related to each major body system
Describe the process for completing an intake inmate/patient mental health assessment

Section 1: Introduction A. Course Contributor B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Effective Interview A. Meet Joaquin B. The Health Assessment: From Evaluation to Recording C. Receiving Screening: Immediate Needs D. Elements of the Intake Process and Form E. Who Controls the Interview? F. Illness and Disease Frameworks G. Your Role and the Inmate’s/Patient’s Role Section 3: Components of the Health Assessment A. Health History B. Knowledge and Required Skills C. Open-Ended Questions D. Consents and Other Documents E. Right to Refuse F. The Comprehensive Adult Health History G. Mental Health Screening and Evaluation H. Review of Major Body Systems I. Major Body Systems: HEENT - Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat J. Major Body Systems: Breasts and Skin K. Major Body Systems: Respiratory L. Major Body Systems: Cardiovascular M. Major Body Systems: Gastrointestinal N. Major Body Systems: Urogenital O. Major Body Systems: Musculoskeletal P. Major Body Systems: Neuropsychiatric/Psychiatric Section 4: Comprehensive Physical Examination A. Hands-On Physical Examination: Wash Your Hands B. Vital Signs C. Let’s Review D. Blood Pressure Classification in Adults E. General Survey throughout Examination F. Health Promotion and Counseling G. General Survey throughout Examination, continued H. General Survey throughout Examination, continued I. General Survey throughout Examination, continued J. General Survey throughout Examination, continued K. General Survey throughout Examination, continued L. General Survey throughout Examination, continued M. General Survey throughout Examination, continued N. General Survey throughout Examination, continued O. General Survey throughout Examination, continued P. Complete the Problem List Q. Health Promotion and Counseling Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. References

Instructor: Eleanor Kalfs RN, CCNM
Eleanor M. Kalfs RN, CCNM has 43 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Since 1984, her career has focused on correctional health care in adult and juvenile correctional settings in Ohio. While with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, she moved up from Nursing Supervisor, to Regional Medical Administrator, to Central Office Administrator. At Central Office, she was responsible for developing policies, procedures, programming, and action plans to achieve resolution of medically related federal consent decrees. In 1999, Mrs. Kalfs joined the Ohio Department of Youth Services as a Central Office level Health Planning Administrator. She also acted as the Health Care Administrator for a 25 bed residential drug/alcohol treatment facility for female offenders, in addition to acting as the Central Office ACA Accreditation Manager from 2001-2007.Mrs. Kalfs, a member of ACA since 1984, is an accredited ACA Auditor and a Certified Correctional Nurse Manager. Mrs. Kalfs has worked as an independent Correctional Health Care Consultant since 2008 under contract with the State of Mississippi to provide correctional medical direction to achieve and maintain compliance with an ongoing federal consent decree with the Division of Youth Services. Disclosure: Eleanor Kalfs RN, CCNM has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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