Patient advocacy issues facing RNs in California

  1. Are the issues the same in your state?
    (Article is on page 22)
    http://www.calnurses.org/publication...5_complete.pdf
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Dec 11, '05
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   fiestynurse
    The article continues in the November 2005 issue. Can you keep us posted when that is available?
  4. by   AnnabelleLee
    [font="comic sans ms"]be that as it may -- warren beatty is not going to get any applause and/or political support from moi.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I live in Illinois and work in an ER where the county jail and juvenile detention center send their inmates. The juvie facility has a nurse only intermittently and one of their frequent visitors is a teen who is an insulin-dependent diabetic. When he gets hypo or hyperglycemic, they bring him in to the ER and then he goes right back out there! They do not do accu-checks and if his family can't or won't bring his insulin, he has nothing!
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from fiestynurse
    The article continues in the November 2005 issue. Can you keep us posted when that is available?
    Sure will.
    Because it is PDF I can't just link the article, only the entire publication.

    AnnabelleLee:
    I don't take a celebrity opinion more seriously than anyone elses.

    traumaRUs:
    That is terrible. Is it the state or county public health department who could possibly do something about this? There is so much curruption!
  7. by   AnnabelleLee
    [font="georgia"]space nurse: i didn't mean to suggest that you take the opinion of a celebrity more seriously than that of anybody else. i just get tired of nursing organizations espousing liberal causes and views.

    as for diabetic inmates, i used to get all worked up about deficiencies in their care. then i realized they don't take care of themselves on the street and are probably getting more medical attention in jail or prison than they would otherwise. of course, that does not excuse a facility from providing adequate and appropriate resources to inmates.
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    I've never done correctional nursing. Just patients in custody guarded by a sheriff doing OT and the jail ward of the county hospital as registry.
    Those patients get the same quality of care as the other patients. I think all people deserve safe, effective, therapeutic care. Preventative health promotion preferable.

    I am glad prisoners must, by law, receive healthcare. Too bad law abiding citizens don't have the same right. Just one nurses opinion.
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Well correctional nursing wasn't in the November issue so I called. There will be two more parts. The second will be in the January 2006 issue of the Cal Nurse and the third is planned for the February 2006 issue. I’ll post them ASAP.

    PS: The link changed to: http://www.calnurses.org/publication...5_complete.pdf
  10. by   crjnursewarrior
    I work in a regional jail on the East Coast and I feel like the Standard of Care received by the inmates here is adequate, if not superior to that of some law-abiding citizens. One must take into consideration that the inmates pay $0 for their healthcare in most facilities. You must realize that we, as taxpayers, pay for our own healthcare and theirs. Now, I am certainly not going to say what goes on in the California prison system, as was mentioned in the article, but here, where I live, inmates are receiving care and have unrestricted access to medical care. Security does take precedence over healthcare in the correctional setting. IT HAS TO! These inmates are incarcerated for a reason. The public must realize that without security staff providing the services they do, these people would be out on the street committing more crime. You can't have it both ways. No one is saying that criminals are not entitled to health care and in cases where it is proven that malpractice or negligence was committed, then yes, by all means, someone should pay the piper, but I question the validity of these cases of neglect and denial of healthcare that are reported by the inmates...are these things validated before an article like this comes out? I mean if I had a dollar for every unfounded grievance that has been filed at the jail I am at, I wouldn't have to work there! These articles need to be taken with a grain of salt. Let the reader beware.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Part II, “Threats to Correctional Nursing”
    Page 21

    http://www.calnurses.org/publication...n_feb_2006.pdf
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Jan 17, '06

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