Hi, Pebbles ... there's a whole forum on correctional nursing on this site. You might find some insights there from experienced correctional nurses that the rest of us don't have.
I've never worked corrections but I have worked on a locked prison unit in a general hospital as well as with inmates on open wards (with guards). In my limited experience, boundaries are exceedingly
Inmates don't want to be in jail ... many are constantly planning how to "game" the system to make things easier for themselves, get things they wouldn't otherwise be allowed to have, or even get out of jail entirely.
This is why assessment skills are even more critical in corrections ... it's practically impossible to know when there's another agenda at work and the inmate is trying to manipulate you for one reason or another.
It's one of the great challenges of correctional nursing: to provide good professional care without being manipulated into an untenable position. I have seen nurses lose their jobs and licenses
because they unwittingly got involved in an elaborate scam, thinking they were being "non-judgemental" and "compassionate".
You didn't specify whether, in the motrin incident, the nurse was following written procedure (no meds without a sick call ... no OTC meds given out if they are available in commissary ... that kind of thing) or she was setting a personal limit with that inmate.
Before you judge, you might want to ask her - politely - her reasoning for her decision. You also should remember that policies and procedures are written for a reason ... not the least of which is your
safety as well as control of the inmate.
Just some things to think about ... check out the corrections forum here: