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Alcohol Withdrawal: Jail Nurse Alert

If you work in a jail, it is in your best interest to become an expert at assessing and intervening in alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS). It is the most dangerous type of substance withdrawal and the most prevalent. The recently published Behind Bars II: Substance Abuse and America’s Prison Population  identifies 85% of all inmates have substance involvement. Over half of American inmates are incarcerated due in some way to alcohol. Once behind bars, withdrawal begins with potential dangers.

Withdrawal from alcohol causes increased excitability in the nervous system leading to nausea, vomiting, sweating, shakiness, agitation and anxiety.  A medical emergency can develop when withdrawal leads to  delirium tremens (DTs) involving hallucinations, confusion, disorientation, and generalized seizures. Autonomic hyperreactivity can progress to hypertension, tachycardia, hyperthermia, tachypnea and tremors.

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Meet Our Newest Pedagogy Author Dr. Lorry Schoenly
Pedagogy is very pleased to announce the latest author to join our team of content experts and producers of continuing education.  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. She began her corrections experience in the NJ Prison system where she created and implemented education for nurses, physicians, dentists, and site managers. Before “accidentally” finding correctional healthcare, she practiced in critical care and orthopedic specialties. 

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Thinking about Working in a Jail or Prison? Learn the Lingo for a Quick Start
Every culture and clinical setting has a unique language. Correctional nursing is no exception. Drop into a jail medical unit on a new assignment and you may not be able to follow what is going on. The custody environment and unique medical processes make up the majority of challenges. Many of these terms and abbreviations make their way onto medical charts, causing consternation to the uninitiated. Of course, terms and abbreviations can be regional and/or specific to the facility or state system. I consult all over the country and still need to clarify when an unfamiliar word crops into the conversation. If you are new to correctional nursing, jumpstart your orientation by getting to know these primary terms.
 
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Featured Author: 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. She began her corrections experience in the NJ Prison system where she created and implemented education for nurses, physicians, dentists, and site managers. Before “accidentally” finding correctional healthcare, she practiced in critical care and orthopaedic specialties. Dr. Schoenly  actively promotes correctional health care through social media outlets and increases the visibility of the specialty through her popular blog – correctionalnurse.net.

Her podcast, Correctional Nursing Today, reviews correctional healthcare news and interviews correctional health care leaders. Lorry is co-editor and chapter author of Essentials of Correctional Nursing, the first primary practice text for the correctional nursing specialty, published in 2012 and available on amazon.com. When not writing, speaking and consulting on correctional nursing practice, Lorry can be found exploring civil war battlefields or building Lego towers with her toddler grandson.
 
 
 
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