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Lorry Schoenly

Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN is a nurse author and educator specializing in the field of correctional health care. She provides consulting services to jails and prisons across the country on projects to improve professional nursing practice and patient safety. 

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Class Accreditation

All states recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours. This course is accredited by the following boards:

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.

Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, and West Virginia Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  

The Correctional Healthcare Patient and Environment

Contact Hours: 1
Cost: $12.00

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The Correctional Healthcare Patient and Environment
For a complete list of accreditations for this online healthcare course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

Audience:  An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health professionals, and other interested individuals

Have you just discovered the hidden healthcare practice setting of jails and prisons? Maybe you responded to an employment notice or met a nurse working in a local facility. Or, you may be preparing for an interview or your first day of work on a temporary assignment at a state prison. Many nurses and others in healthcare are not even aware of the interesting and challenging field of correctional healthcare. This online healthcare course provides an understanding of the correctional healthcare environment and characteristics of the patient population. In just one short hour you will gain insight into the criminal justice system and what makes correctional healthcare special.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  1. Differentiate the various types of correctional settings in the US.
  2. Outline common characteristics of the inmate-patient population that affect healthcare delivery.
  3. Describe major physical and mental health care issues in the inmate-patient population.


Chapter 1: Overview of the Criminal Justice System
  • Detained vs. Sentenced
  • Jail vs. Prison
  • County, State, Federal
  • Security Levels and Housing Classifications
Chapter 2: Types of Healthcare Delivery
  • Self-Operated vs. Independent Healthcare Services
  • Working with Custody in a Secure Environment
  • General Categories of Healthcare provided
Chapter 3: Patient Demographics
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Education
Chapter 4: Physical Health Concerns
  • Chronic Illness
  • Infectious Diseases
Chapter 5: Mental Health Concerns
  • Mental Illness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury/PTSD
  • Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Use
  • Suicidality