According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, around 2.3 million men and women are incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons. Itโ€™s a population with complex and diverse healthcare needs โ€“ injuries, chronic conditions, even palliative care.

Providing nursing care to this group of patients, and in this setting, is not a job for everyone, said Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, a correctional nursing specialist and visiting professor in Chamberlainโ€™s MSN program. However, for the right nurse, it can also be extremely satisfying and rewarding specialty.

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