A recent study conducted by the University of Toronto’s Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing examined the roles of the 500 nurses who care for almost 9,000 people in 30 correctional facilities. Its findings:
- Daily issues: sexual taunts, death threats and the possibility a patient’s feigning illness to attempt a jailbreak
- Jail nurses have less control over their practice due to security restrictions and less access to resources such as supplies and other healthcare professionals
- They experience higher levels of emotional abuse and relationship strain
- But only 4% reported experiencing physical abuse
- And nurses working in corrections have lower levels of burnout than their counterparts in settings that don’t include bars and guards.