Correctional Nursing Practice: What You Need to Know


NCCHC’s Certified Correctional Health Professional program now offers specialty certification for RNs. The CCHP-RN certification is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills and experience deemed specific to the practice of nursing in a correctional setting. Whereas nursing licensure establishes legal authority for an individual to practice nursing, specialty certification reflects achievement of the special knowledge and skills needed for a particular practice area.

This column, written by members of the CCHP-RN task force, will discuss various areas of correctional nursing practice covered in the CCHP-RN exam outline. Future columns will address research and professional development, standards and regulatory issues, continuity of care and much more. This information will assist nurses preparing to take the exam as well as explain the key concepts of the specialty for the novice correctional nurse.

Learn more about the CCHP-RN program and download the entire test outline.

— Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN, coordinated and edited this special feature. She is an independent consultant specializing in correctional health care and social media and is based in Pennsylvania.

[This series originally appeared in CorrectCare.]