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Prison Nursing

Ann E. Norman (Editor), Alan A. Parrish (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-632-05501-2
208 pages
September 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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The benefit of having skilled nurses working in prisons has been noted in a recent report from the Chief Inspector of Prisons (Home Office 1998). This report recommended that the organisation of health care in prisons be made the responsibility of the NHS.

This is the first book aimed specifically at nurses working in prisons. There is a specific set of skills needed to be a prison nurse. The environment is radically different to other areas of practice and the nurse-patient relationship and its boundaries are of paramount importance

This book is written by nursing experts in this field and includes chapters on women's health, ethnic and cultural issues, educational demands, the legal and political settings, prison culture, and suicide.

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Table of Contents





The Context of Prison Nursing (Rhoda McCausland and Alan A. Parrish).

The Role of the Nurse in Prison Healthcare (Anne E. Norman and Alan A. Parrish).

Prison Health: Policy Development (Lindsay Bates and Les Storey).

Understanding and Changing the Dynamics of the Prison Culture (Sally Thomson and Alan A. Parrish).

Enhancing Practice through Education (Sally Thomson).

Educational Developments of the Nursing Team (Les Storey).

Legal Issues for Professional Practice (Maddie Blackburn).

Quality Healthcare: A Governor’s Perspective (Rannoch Daly).

A Reflective View (Stephen Gannon).


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Author Information

Ann Norman is an experienced registered nurse with a background in community nursing. She joined the Prison Service in 1994 developing nursing services at HMP Winchester. Ann has acquired a wide understanding of the issues that face the nursing team within the prison setting, and this experience is crucial in her current role as Assistant Director of Nursing for the Prison Health Task Force based at the Department of Health in London.

Alan Parrish worked closely with Ann Norman during his time as the Royal College of Nursing Advise for Prison Nursing. He was awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to nursing, and is now retired. He still contributes to nursing through his articles on issues of the day.

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The Wiley Advantage

* the first book devoted to this sphere of practice
* publication coincides with the government push to improve prison health care
* the Editors are both key figures in the RCN Prison Nurses Group
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"A groundbreaking book in this field"
Nursing Times

"This is an excellent and timely book... With recent developments in prison health care and the inevitable concomitant development of prison nursing in the UK, this book will prove to be a core text."
Journal of Advanced Nursing

"...the editors have ensured that the range of topics offers a realistic view of what prison nursing is really like" Nursing Standard

"This book is recommended for those working in, or otherwise interested in, this fascinating area of professional practice." Nursing Standard

"A groundbreaking book in this field. It covers women's health, ethnic and cultural issues, educational demands, legal and political settings, prison culture and suicide."
Nursing Times

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