I have applied, but haven't had much success! From my understanding, here is how it works:
1) Go to- California Correctional Health Care Services - Nursing Careers
to see all the nursing positions and exam bulletins available.
2) Take the online self exam/assessment/test instrument specified for that position. I took the one for registered nurse CF, and its basically just filling out what your experience and qualifications are. I am a new grad, so I had basically none and got an 85%. This score stands for 6 months, when you can re-test.
3) This exam creates an eligibility list based on your score to fill open positions- with obviously the highest ranking candidates getting first consideration. Your exact ranking is also dependent on what locations you specified you were interested in and their popularity/openings.
4) You then get an "employment inquiry" in the mail, that basically invites you to apply for a specific open position that you are eligible for. Basically it involves completing state form 678, making a copy of your license, and mailing it all to the address listed on the inquiry. These inquiries will also tell you your exact list rank/sequence for that position- this is where i get a little confused, my rank/sequence is usually 15/3-41....and I've heard that according to the "rule of 3's", usually only candidates from the top 3 rankings get an interview. So, given my rank/sequence, it all seems a little hopeless for me...but it doesn't hurt to try!
....and thats as far as I have gotten! I have received 6 of these employment inquires in the past 2 months, but haven't heard anything else since completing them!