Abuse? - page 2

by weirdRN

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Inmate X has charges of XYZ. At another jail, this inmate was allowed a kind of informal undeclared PC status because there were multiple assaults and threats to the inmate's life. When he went to a different facility, they... Read More


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    that is really sad that a nurse could do that stuff. i have worked with people that either have done bad stuff or had a diease and never was like that. the person who had aids was the one i liked the best and held his hand. why are them people even in nursing? if they dont care they need to get out of nursing.
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    I don't work in corrections, but I do have interview next week. So, I have been surfing this board to find out all I can about this area. So, I have a few questions here: What is the policy for inmates who refused to bathe? I know that I workd in psych facility, and we did bathe patients screaming and yelling. Of course, these were pts. with dementia.
    But, I would think for health issues, these inmates need to bathe AT LEAST once a week. Well, I hope at least the one's that are in close quarters with other inmates.
    This issue seems like a real dilemma. Legal mess?
    What is the routine for this? I would think as a nurse you can just follow P&P,notify dr. and document, document, document that people were notified. Perhaps, some employees just have attitude they don't care about these inmates. An attitude that they don't deserve good care. However, that is not up to us to judge. Everyone is entitled to the adequate health care, no matter what they have done. It is not up to us to judge. Our job is to provide care, no matter what. And, to be careful to handle matters in a way that we do not cross the line. Sounds tough to me.
    I am glad that I read this post. It is opening my eyes of what to expect.(if I would get the job)
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    "Since then, this Inmate states unable to care for self. Urinates on himself and refuses to do any self care. Refuses to feed himself or do more than defecate in the toilet."

    I don't see where this is abuse, imprisonment, or assault. No where in your story do you say that the IM asked the nurse to stop or stated that he didn't want help showering or didn't want a shower (unless im missing it) He just refused to do his own total care. I would think it would be more of a neglect issue if the care or assistance was not offered to him to help keep him functioning at his optimal level of health. I think the nurse took appropriate measure in showering him but may need to be a little less aggressive in her methods. Of course, just my ....
    I was not there, did not participate, and do not know the whole story so perhaps some detail or two was lost in translation that could change the outcome.
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    When it comes to abuse I think the law is very clear.

    Even though someone is working in a prison cant an inmate complain to the RN board in regards to allegations of abuse?

    Sounds like there needs to be a definate medical evaluation done as to the mental fitness of this man. As in if he is refusing to take care of himself ( his right to refuse or perform self care) or is he legally incompetent, unable to make his own decisions and needs someone else to?

    Also, in a prison setting isnt the safety of the staff a concern, considering the type of people you are dealing with?

    One clue to this inmates behavior would be what was his mental status before he got locked up. If it was in normal range then there is a good chance he has morphed his personality into whatever will bring him the most profit. As in controlling the nursing staff with his unacceptable behavior.

    Nothing that an MRI of the brain wont solve.


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