1,000 inmates 4 night nurses.......

  1. 0 I applied for a job and thats what the ratio is. Does that sound right? Sounds like an awful lot to me.
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  3. Visit  dazzle256 profile page

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    52 Years Old; Joined Aug '04; Posts: 300; Likes: 9.

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  4. Visit  Salty1 profile page
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    I applied for a job and thats what the ratio is. Does that sound right? Sounds like an awful lot to me.
    It may or may not be a heavy case load. It is assumed that the correctional facility census is 1000 and if you divide that number by 4 Nurses that works out to a ratio of 250 inmates to 1 nurse. What percentage of 250 would you expect to require the services of the nurse. Although you do not so state one could assume that this is a relatively young population (no chronically ill, geriatric patients) that would only infrequently require nursing services.

    It is noted that you indicate "night nurses" and if that means 11 to 7 or 12 to 8 a.m. then I would think that 4 nurses would be quite adequate since the majority of the patients are asleep. You do not indicate what other responsibilities are required of the nurse. Are new inmates admitted during the night shift that require screening, i.e., planting of PPD, Medical History, etc. are the inmates male or female? Does the facility have an inpatient clinic or ward requiring one nurse to monitor the patients? If you were to supply more information I am sure you would get a fairly good response.
  5. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    :chuckle 4 Nurses for 1,000 inmates? Sounds like overstaffing to me. How lucky can you get? Congratulations! :hatparty: That's not bad staffing at all.
  6. Visit  dazzle256 profile page
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    Quote from Blackcat99
    :chuckle 4 Nurses for 1,000 inmates? Sounds like overstaffing to me. How lucky can you get? Congratulations! :hatparty: That's not bad staffing at all.
    Thanks to both of you . As far as I know we will be admitting inmates during the night.
  7. Visit  fiestynurse profile page
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    The staffing depends on the medical acuity of the inmate population and the responsibilities of the nurses on duty. Does the facility have an infirmary or medical unit? Also, are these nurses RNs, LVNs, or unlicensed staff?

    Generally, four nurses on nights for a population of 1,000 is pretty good staffing.
  8. Visit  dazzle256 profile page
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    Quote from fiestynurse
    The staffing depends on the medical acuity of the inmate population and the responsibilities of the nurses on duty. Does the facility have an infirmary or medical unit? Also, are these nurses RNs, LVNs, or unlicensed staff?

    Generally, four nurses on nights for a population of 1,000 is pretty good staffing.
    There is an infirmary but I'm not sure how many beds. I'm going to go for an interview and ask more questions.

    Thanks for your replies. I need to get out of hospital nursing
  9. Visit  oneLoneNurse profile page
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    I worked at Delaware County Broad Meadows, you give out alot of tylenol. In fact you carry it in your pockets like candy. Anyone asking for tylenol usually received it. We had an infirmary, but if inmates were really sick they would get sent out.

    One of the most exciting places to work and inmates for the most part are thankful someone is there to take care of them. They trained a mouse to sit up on the counter while we poured water for the meds. Cleanliness is not something you should expect.
  10. Visit  mcmike55 profile page
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    Quote from dazzle256
    I applied for a job and thats what the ratio is. Does that sound right? Sounds like an awful lot to me.
    First off, I know almost nothing about Correctional facilites, but

    a thousand inmates and four nurses sound like the plot for a bad XXXX rated movie.

    But seriously folks, that sound unsafe all the way around.
  11. Visit  oneLoneNurse profile page
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    at all turns bad you may ship the client out fast. If they are recuperating from a surgery and/or illness they may stay in the infirmary. Medications are all prepoured.
  12. Visit  Nurse_Peachie profile page
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    Quote from dazzle256
    I applied for a job and thats what the ratio is. Does that sound right? Sounds like an awful lot to me.
    I'm impressed! Four nurses to 1,000 inmates... that's fantastic! At our facility, we have one (1) nurse on the night shift, which is 11p-7a. If an IM gets sick or falls out, there is always 1-3 officers that escort him to medical and stays there until the IM leaves the unit.
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    Quote from Nurse_Peachie
    I'm impressed! Four nurses to 1,000 inmates... that's fantastic! At our facility, we have one (1) nurse on the night shift, which is 11p-7a. If an IM gets sick or falls out, there is always 1-3 officers that escort him to medical and stays there until the IM leaves the unit.
    Looks like getting the job may be quite competetive. There was an add in the paper so I called.... la de da....anyway we talked for a while a couple of times and they told me I couldn't fill out an application because they ran out ... oh well I'm still going to try.

    I'm going to try for the perdium position and if I like it maybe go full time. The onlly thing I don't like about it is the hours........8 hour shifts which I absolutely hate. My thinking is......if I like it and they like me maybe we can work out a 12 hour shift schedule. So we'll see.
  14. Visit  Nurse_Peachie profile page
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    Quote from dazzle256
    Looks like getting the job may be quite competetive. There was an add in the paper so I called.... la de da....anyway we talked for a while a couple of times and they told me I couldn't fill out an application because they ran out ... oh well I'm still going to try.

    I'm going to try for the perdium position and if I like it maybe go full time. The onlly thing I don't like about it is the hours........8 hour shifts which I absolutely hate. My thinking is......if I like it and they like me maybe we can work out a 12 hour shift schedule. So we'll see.
    That's all you can do... wait and see. On weekends at our facility, nurses can work a 12 hr. or 16 hour shift....... not too shabby
  15. Visit  fiestynurse profile page
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    mcmike55 - In a Correctional setting, the majority of inmates are healthy. After the initial medical screening, you don't see most of these inmates again. That's why that intake screening is so important. The key is identifying problems and getting inmates seen by medical or psych and getting them proper treatment or medication. You do a lot of pill passing!
    I would discourage passing out Tylenol like candy, as oneLoneNurse, has stated. Inmates are good candidates for Tylenol toxicity that could result in liver or kidney failure. There have been deaths in correctional facilities associated with this. Inmates already have compromised livers due to years of alcohol and drug abuse. I would make good assessments, as to the need for this medication and document very well. There should be well written protocols for it's use. Also, they should be encouraged to buy Tylenol from the commissary and it should be given to them in limited supplies.

    Also, oneLoneNurse (I don't mean to pick on you) prepouring medications is highly discouraged. It sets you up for medications errors. Is your site accredited by the NCCHC?

    Good Luck with your interview dazzle256!!


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