Woodbury County to add more nurses at county jail

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Woodbury County plans to add more nurses to treat inmates at the county jail, following pleas from the sheriff for more support.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1qYOgYN ) the county board voted Tuesday to have four full-time registered nurses on staff. That's a jump from two full-time nurses and a part-time nurse.

The board will use general basic fund reserves to cover the additional cost of about $115,000 in the middle of a budget year.

County Sheriff Dave Drew told board members recently that he needed additional personnel to properly oversee inmates at the jail. He said the staffing level was not sufficient for the inmates' medical needs.

Board Chairman George Boykin said the vote on Tuesday will relieve "a little bit of the pressure."

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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