A Week to Honor Georgia’s Correctional Nurses

Close to 150,000 registered nurses make up Georgia’s largest healthcare profession, working with diverse patients in a variety of settings. This week, we recognize the vital role that correctional nurses play in healthcare.

Nurses who work in correctional facilities face distinct conditions. Their patients often have an increased risk of infectious diseases, mental health disorders and chronic medical conditions. Often, correctional nurses need to act quickly to treat medical problems in need of immediate attention. Correctional nurses demonstrate their professionalism and compassion every day as they provide high-quality care to prisoners across the state.

“I am proud to have such a high caliber of healthcare professionals working within our corrections system,” said Commissioner Homer Bryson. “These men and women show a great deal of commitment to provide the best care to our offender population. I am extremely appreciative of the level of dedication and service they provide to our population day in and day out."

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. Just over 600 of the 10,500 GDC employees are correctional nurses, providing cost-effective, safe and quality health care. In line with the GDC’s mission of providing opportunities for positive change, Georgia’s correctional nurses ensure that their patients are treated with dignity, respect and professional expertise.

The American Nurses Association first established National Nurse Week in 1954, and in 1974 President Nixon became the first U.S. president to issue a proclamation designating a National Nurse Week. On March 30, 2016, in Georgia, Governor Deal signed the proclamation that declares May 6-12, 2016, in honor of our state’s correctional nurses.

If you believe a certain organization or cause deserves official recognition from the State of Georgia, read how to request a proclamation on the Office of the Governor website. Learn about contacting and visiting inmates from our Popular Topic.

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