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I am never alone with the inmates.
There's always a deputy present. So, in
some respects it's actually safer than in a
hospital, ER or urgent care. I know what
to expect and am prepared. " - Christina Messer
SMALL TOWN FEEL WITH DISTINCT CHARACTERS ALL
ITS OWN
A jail is like a small town with a community all its own. " It may
not be Mayberry, but we have all the same issues and unique
residents as a small town. " Because of this, the staff is very
familiar with and knowledgeable of its residents. In an ER,
patients walk in off the street and " you don't know what you
don't know, " says Messer.
or technology, we have to rely on our
knowledge, education, common sense
and senses. " Correctional nursing requires
a wide skill base that includes
assessment, critical thinking, nursing
process, patient education, substance
use withdrawal management,
communication, trauma effects and
medication administration.
COMMUNITY HEALTH IS HER
CALLING
Correctional
nursing has its
challenges and
requires a wide
skill base.
" I love my job. I get to advocate for
this community and it feels good.
Throughout the years, I have discovered
that there's tremendous need in
community health that's not being
met. " And just like other populations,
the correctional community
needs compassionate nurses, too.
To Messer's surprise and after eight
years serving this unique population,
" I fell into something that
works for me and is the perfect fit.
My career has taken a natural course
and is right where it should be. It's
where I belong. "
Correctional nursing is a growing specialty that's evolving
to meet the needs of incarcerated populations in a variety of
settings. It is the ultimate in public health nursing. " As nurses
we are the first to rush to their emergencies, care for their
wounds, monitor their blood sugar, address their mental health
issues and help with substance use withdrawal and medication
assisted treatment. " And because it's so hands-on, Messer says
that she has gained some tremendous on-the-job diagnostic
skills. " Because we don't have access to a lot of equipment
Even though Messer has learned a
ton on the job, she is the first to
agree she has so much more learning
to do. That's why she decided to
earn a bachelor of science degree
from CU College of Nursing. " I knew
I needed to take the next step and
always wanted to go to CU. And to
do it online was extremely helpful
while juggling kids and COVID, "
Messer says. Her only regret is not
going back to get her bachelor's degree
sooner. " Being a single mom, I
had to make hard choices on what
I could afford to do. The pandemic
proved the perfect time to go back
to school. "

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