Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN, is a nurse author and educator specializing in the field of correctional health care. She provides consulting services to jails and prisons across the country on projects to improve professional nursing practice and patient safety. She began her corrections experience in the New Jersey Prison System where she created and implemented education for nurses, physicians, dentists, and site managers. Before “accidentally” finding correctional healthcare, she practiced in critical care and orthopaedic specialties.
Dr. Schoenly actively promotes correctional nursing through social media outlets and increases the visibility of the specialty through her popular blog – correctionalnurse.net. Her podcast, Correctional Nursing Today, reviews correctional healthcare news and interviews correctional health care leaders. She writes a regular column for the CorrectionsOne.com website where she translates health care issues for the custody officer readers.
Lorry is co-editor and chapter author of Essentials of Correctional Nursing, the first primary practice text for the correctional nursing specialty, published in 2012. She is the creator of the Correctional Nurse Manifesto: Seven Affirmations to Guide Your Correctional Practice. This short book is used to orient new nurses in many correctional settings. Her book The Correctional Health Care Patient Safety Handbook is an evidence-based guide to implement patient safety practices in the correctional setting.
For the past four years she has helped other nurses become nurse educators as a visiting professor in the graduate program of Chamberlain College of Nursing where she teaches in the nurse educator track.
When not writing, speaking, and consulting on correctional nursing practice, Lorry can be found reading Jane Austen, exploring civil war battlefields, or building Lego towers with her toddler grandson.
Is correctional nursing for you? Find out in the pages of this short book. Take a few hours to explore the many facets of correctional nursing practice. Look behind the curtain into this hidden practice setting. Discover this well-kept nursing secret and decide if you should consider becoming a correctional nurse. Over two million incarcerated patients need you!
Using the memorable childhood story as a backdrop, the Wizard of Oz Guide to Correctional Nursing explains how correctional nursing is not like any other specialty in our profession. This book provides the resources needed to gain the knowledge, heart, and courage to be a correctional nurse who makes a difference every day in the lives of an invisible, yet needy, patient population.
Possibly more than any other nursing specialty, correctional nursing practice is lawsuit-prone. Correctional nurses must be acutely aware of malpractice and negligence concerns along with specific constitutional and civil rights issues related to the incarcerated patient.
This short ebook describes the SEVEN affirmations of a correctional nursing manifesto to live by. Correctional nurses have the challenging job of providing nursing care to vulnerable, marginalized patients in the low-resourced, ethically challenging criminal justice system - jails, prisons, or juvenile detention centers. It can be easy to lose your bearings in these dangerous waters.