What happens when a max security inmate is unconscious in their cell?

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    Does a Lieutenant or Captain have to be present before the cell door is opened? When can the nurse enter?
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    We cannot go in until one is present and we get the "clear" to do so. It is frustrating to know end. :angryfire
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    We are trained our entire career as nurses to respond immediately so chance of survival is optimum but prison is a whole different ballgame. Safety for the patient but also SAFETY for everybody else too.
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    We don't have to have a capt. or lt., but usually the sgt. or a member of our response team is there. Im has to be secured first. I mean, are we sure they are really unconscious? Sometimes the ammonia comes in handy.
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    You wait until security clears the area/cell. It doesn't have to be "white shirt", it can be any C.O. They are usually very cautious and safe when it comes to nurses.
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    Quote from NYRN08
    We cannot go in until one is present and we get the "clear" to do so. It is frustrating to know end. :angryfire
    not being a correctional nurse.... isn't it better to have some safety measures in place, in "case" the inmate was pretending, just waiting to overpower a nurse (or whomever)??
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    Quote from MassED
    not being a correctional nurse.... isn't it better to have some safety measures in place, in "case" the inmate was pretending, just waiting to overpower a nurse (or whomever)??
    It IS frustrating. Yes, we need to be safe and secure. But when someone is sick/dying/whatever; it's very hard to wait. Inmates are people, too. It's just a gut reaction to immediately go where we are needed.
    tbrd450, Crux1024, NYRN08, and 1 other like this.
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    I can understand - but just as in "scene safety" - you don't want to be struck by a train as you zero in on a crash and run over to help the victims, lying by the train tracks - tunnel vision can kill you. Scene safety - better to have just one victim, instead of two. No one would fault a nurse to have protection for themselves before lifesaving measures are implemented - I do understand the gut reaction, but it's almost like having to stop, take a deep breath, then act. That must be a difficult job, though, I have to say. I would always imagine the potential threat from an inmate first and foremost. In my environment, inmates are shackled, so there's a degree of safety (though not much, but just enough) - and even with CO's there, I don't assume they're looking out for me.
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    Quote from MassED
    I can understand - but just as in "scene safety" - you don't want to be struck by a train as you zero in on a crash and run over to help the victims, lying by the train tracks - tunnel vision can kill you. Scene safety - better to have just one victim, instead of two.
    Yes, I already practice that and know that- as I'm sure all of the correctional nurses do.

    Working with an inmate who is shackled with his own officer is very different with inmates in the general population. have 150+ inmates in a single pod who are not shackled. When we go to work, we risk our lives every single day.

    No offense, but we know who are bad guys are. In an inner city ER, you really have no clue who is dangerous and who isn't.

    We know safety. Please don't preach. This thread is for nurses who work in corrections and what our feelings of discontentment are. We know safety- but it can still be frustrating at times.
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    Quote from Eirene
    Yes, I already practice that and know that- as I'm sure all of the correctional nurses do.

    Working with an inmate who is shackled with his own officer is very different with inmates in the general population. have 150+ inmates in a single pod who are not shackled. When we go to work, we risk our lives every single day.

    No offense, but we know who are bad guys are. In an inner city ER, you really have no clue who is dangerous and who isn't.

    We know safety. Please don't preach. This thread is for nurses who work in corrections and what our feelings of discontentment are. We know safety- but it can still be frustrating at times.
    whoah whoah whoah - calm down! As I stated earlier, if you read that, I do not work in a corrections facility. Who is preaching???? So what if I don't work in corrections.... I work in an ER... and anyone can be a "bad guy." What is your point? A nurse is a nurse. Safety is safety. I can browse and post to whichever forum I would like. You have totally misread my post.
    KIMRNNYC, Batman25, sharpeimom, and 4 others like this.


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