Quote from organic_matter
I have had more scary incidents with staff. One in particular: An officer who was supposed to be watching my back stormed out of the lab room when I was drawing blood on a psychotic inmate.
<snip> Many nurses (at least where I work) will behave inappropriately, even illegally to secure favor with the officers so they know the officers won't blacklist them.
<snip> I blew the whistle on not only some rogue officers but also my fellow nurses who practice their own Code of Silence to cover up medication errors and other bad behavior.
Hmm, sounds very familiar though I have not worked at YOUR facility Organic.
People who don't know are always worried about inmates attacking them in some way. Oh I am sure it happens I have known nurses it happens to. But in 4 years in Correctional Health, that I dearly love and am GOOD-GREAT at (!!), I find its the staff that you have to watch your proverbial back with. Not the inmates. I have definitely met some pyschos along the way... LVN's RN's and some nurse Administrators!!! But the inmates??? Walk in the park. Better really cause I am always looking in the shadows in the park trying to remember where I am. I least expect to be sabatoged or ill treated by my coworkers.
Not too long ago, The Pysch counselors were giving a class on staff splitting, and manipulation. Referring to watching out for these behaviors in inmates. *****!!!!!! I wrote in "Oh yeah and then there are the inmates!" It seems to be the STAFF that causes the biggest stress to working in Jail/prison.
And in MOHO California Mental Health patients are being hired as nurses.
That being said I love it. I am toying with staying in prisons or taking a pay cut and going back to jail where I was more in sync with the detention officers and them with me... we meshed well, there Organic they would actually bring me I/Ms who were being overlooked medically and I would bend over backwards to see that they would get treated. OTOH don't give me your non-cardiac chest pain nor your fake Sz's and everyone will get along fine.