Clearly, the role of a nurse does not include "activities such as SORT, pat downs, area searches, forced cell moves, etc. etc. etc.
" .. this is clear whether it has been established as an official policy and/or standard or not.
The moral and ethical quandary of "serving two masters
" within the correctional environment -- an environment in which patient advocacy is most crucial, often lacking and necessarily overiding -- would be severe, to say the least. To pepper spray an inmate one minute (in one's security role) only to then ask the patient the next minute "what's wrong with your eyes
?" (in one's nursing role) is obviously counterintuitive, to say the least.
I believe this one is quite obvious. The nursing cuffs are for blood pressure, the correctional officers' cuffs are to protect society.
The mere fact that this may not be settled understanding, practice or debate really is the hot topic here to consider. How is that this is actually considered valid for consideration? How is that it is even possibly, remotely, considered okay? wow...
Logistically, how would something like that really work? Let's say a nurse participates in a cell extraction. Ok, so the nmate is subdued, bruised, tased, sprayed and hog-tied....ok,... um.... its time for the nurse...where is she?? "Nurse!... nurse... we need you.
"... shouts the team leader.
The nurse team member then releases the inmate's left leg long enough to quickly pull off her black face guard, padded vest and hand her chemical cannister to her closest teamate. She then would quickly and discretely pull her baby blue scrubs
over her head (you know.. the one with the panda bears on it) then tilt her head back slightly and tighten her lips in an effort to respond from the corner of her mouth: "Okay,... be right there
I will say this, however, it would go a long way to help in the assessment process. After all, the injuries would be well known at that point as they would have been inflicted by the "healer."
sorry, I guess I just don't understand.