Date of Graduation

Winter 12-11-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


School of Nursing and Health Professions


The Covid-19 infection trend revealed to the Californian Prison healthcare system the importance of offering top-quality preventive and care services to control diseases. Irrespective of the understanding, there have been challenges in the transitional gap as older nurses are retiring and replaced by new ones. However, the lack of technical experience among the new nurses has exposed the patient population to human errors, which might be costly to amend. As a result, the initiative embarked on a project to train and empower nurses on preventive and care techniques.

Critical areas of concern include reporting, data collection, patient symptomology, results interpretation, and active delivery of quality care. The initiative took an in-service training approach through seminars, workshops, and conferences to achieve the goals. The training provides hands-on skills and evidence-based strategies for dealing with diverse prison care system issues. More importantly, it empowers the nursing team to provide patient-centric care to prisoner patients effectively. The initiative results are motivated nursing team, well-empowered and skilled team, lowered transmission of diseases, reduced number of new disease cases, satisfied prisoner patients, and decreased the Californian Prison care unit's cost. In conclusion, nurses' empowerment through skill provision is vital in ensuring capacity building, practical skill imparts, and assured delivery of quality care services.