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For Immediate Release

May 8, 2015

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

DOC Nursing Professionals Recognized During National Nurses Week

(Concord, N.H.) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Director of Nursing Carlene Ferrier, RN, MPH, released the following statement in recognition of the men and women in the nursing profession that provide health care treatment to over 2,700 inmates in three facilities on a daily basis.

"It’s National Nurses Week ending May 12 on Florence Nightingale’s birthday celebrated as International Nurses Day. Nightingale is deemed the founder of modern nursing and known for expanding acceptable roles for women in the workforce. In New Hampshire, there are more than 22,000 Registered Nurses working in various setting around the state. Today I would like to recognize the nurses who work in the medical facilities within the Department of Corrections.

As the Director of Nursing for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections (NH DOC) it is my honor to supervise 45 nurses within our four medical facilities, located at each of the state prisons; the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown, the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord, the Secure Psychiatric/Residential Treatment Unit in Concord, and the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin. The DOC’s mission is to provide a safe, secure and humane correctional system through effective supervision and appropriate treatment of offenders, and a continuum of services that promote successful reentry into society for the safety of our citizens and in support of crime victims.

Our nurses perform health screenings, manage acute and chronic care conditions, respond to medical and public health emergencies, provide education, manage mental health issues and provide clinical and hospice care in collaboration with security, rehabilitative services and pastoral care. Approximately 97% of our inmates return to the community. Their role in preparing inmates for reentry to community is vital to improving the health of the community in New Hampshire."

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