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Correctional Nurses on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Omaha System Guidelines Documentation Case Study

Publication: Journal of Correctional Health Care
Volume 27, Issue Number 2


During a pandemic, basic public health precautions must be taken across settings and populations. However, confinement conditions change what can be done in correctional settings. Correctional nursing (CN) care, like all nursing care, needs to be named and encoded to be recognized and used to generate data that will advance the discipline and maintain standards of care. The Omaha System is a standardized interprofessional terminology that has been used since 1992 to guide and document care. In 2019, a collaboration between the newly formed American Correctional Nurses Association and the Omaha System Community of Practice began a joint effort with other stakeholders aimed at encoding evidence-based pandemic response interventions used in CN. The resulting guidelines are included and illustrated with examples from CN practice.

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cover image Journal of Correctional Health Care
Journal of Correctional Health Care
Volume 27Issue Number 2June 2021
Pages: 89 - 102
PubMed: 34232781


Published online: 16 June 2021
Published ahead of print: 4 June 2021
Published in print: June 2021


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Lindsay Novacek, DNP-PHNL, RN, CCHP
Department of Public Health, Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Deborah Shelton, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CCHP
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA.
Shelton Consulting Services, LLC, Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA.
Rebecca Luethy, MSN, RN, CNS, LNC
Centurion, LLC, Irvine, California, USA.
B. Sue Medley-Lane, RN, CCHP-A
Centurion, LLC, Irvine, California, USA.
Tara M. McLane, BS
University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN* [email protected]
University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.


Address correspondence to: Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA, [email protected]

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