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February 27, 2023 CorrHealthAnnouncements1

At just 19 years old, Melanie started her career in the corrections industry. After working as a corrections officer for 13 years, Melanie decided to switch up her career and become a nurse!  She began working as a CNA while still in school and eventually graduated from nursing school in 2012.

As correctional healthcare continues to evolve, Melanie would like to see correctional healthcare be taught as a specialty in school.  “You hear about everything but correctional healthcare and there’s been a little stigma, but in my mind, it is the right way to do medicine.”

Before joining the CorrHealth team in 2021 as an RN/HSA, Melanie had already begun her significant career in correctional nursing. She spent nine years as a Health Services Administrator (HSA) in Wyoming and in 2016 earned her credential as a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. “It was important for me to have this credential in my position as an administrator. If you’re planning on making corrections your profession long term, it is very beneficial and I’m proud of the accomplishment.”

During her time at CorrHealth, Melanie continues to share her knowledge by serving as a Travel Interim Nursing Supervisor in New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. “Remembering to be firm, fair, and consistent, is key to building success as a correctional nurse, says Melanie. You have a captive audience, and you can teach patients to be accountable for their own care. Some of them have never learned how to do that and it can change their life.”

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February 15, 2023 CorrHealthAnnouncements

“Correctional healthcare challenges you” says Emily Martinez, RN/Health Services Administrator in Laramie County, Wyoming. Emily has been a nurse for 8 years and has spent almost half of that in correctional nursing.  In that time, she has worked in long term care, labor and delivery, and home health before taking a chance in correctional healthcare. Although any field of healthcare can have a great impact, Emily feels that she has made the greatest difference in correctional nursing. “Your patients are people who have trust issues. You gain their trust by being respectful, following protocol, keeping your word, and providing exceptional care.”

Following in the footsteps of her grandmother and mother, Emily always found the nursing profession appealed to her.  “A recruiter for correctional nursing reached out to me and I figured I would give it a try. Now, I feel that I could see myself in correctional nursing for the rest of my career.”

As a nurse in the correctional environment for nearly 4 years, Emily wants to remind new nurses that you will gain confidence as a nurse with all the different tasks you complete daily. “As a correctional nurse you see so many different things from addiction with detox, behavioral health, chronic care to acute issues. During training, participate in everything you can. Allow yourself to be in uncomfortable situations when you are training, so they aren’t uncomfortable when you are on your own. Make sure to ask questions and learn from your peers. If you aren’t receptive to constructive criticism, you will limit yourself to what you already know.”

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