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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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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.  

Medication Administration in the Correctional Setting

Contact Hours: 1
Cost: $12.00

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Medication Administration in the Correctional Setting
For a complete list of accreditations for this medication administration 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.

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

Administering medication is one of the most important … and one of the most care processes in corrections. Frequent legal and licensure issues surrounding medication possession and administration make this a nursing process of significant concern. Due to the secure environment of a correctional setting and the limited movement of the patient population, medications are administered through several processes. All standard administration principles still apply in the correctional setting but additional concerns must also be managed.

This course provides an overview of three key process for medication administration in a correctional facility along with safety tips and special issues. 


After participating in this educational session, you will be able to:
  1. Describe standard principles of medication safety in correctional settings for direct observation, prepackaged, and keep-on-person administration processes.
  2. Explain staff safety concerns when administering medication in the correctional setting.
  3. Outline special issues in medication administration in a correctional setting.


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Direct Observation Therapy (DOT)
  • Patient Safety Tips
  • Final Tip to Save Your License
  • No Show for Pill Line
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Interpreting Medication Orders
  • Chapter 2 Check Point
Chapter 3: Prepackaged and Keep-on-Person Medication
  • Prepackaged/Pre-poured Medication
  • Prepackaged/Pre-poured Safety Tips
  • Keep-on-Person Medication
  • Keep-on-Person Safety Tips
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Example Policy – Keep on Person Medications
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Example Policy – Inmate Self Medication
  • Chapter 3 Check Point
Chapter 4: Special Issues in Corrections
  • The Medication Timing Challenge
  • Staff Safety
  • Verbal and Telephone Orders
  • Summary
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: The Correct Way to Take a Telephone Order 
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Improving the Safety of Verbal Orders 
  • Chapter 4 Check Point