To the bedside, or correctional facility? - page 2

by mom35

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Hi fellow nurses, I graduated in May 2011 and attained RN license in June. I in Dallas TX and have to relocate due to extremely saturated market. I have a prospective position as an RN at a corrections facility that starts out,... Read More


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    Mom35,
    In most cases, correctional facilities pay more because there is an element of risk associated with the job. Don't forget that your patients are criminals. They are there because they broke the law, not because they are sick. They just happen to be sick while they are there. Therefore, you put yourself at risk everday you work. Not that you should be in fear, but you need to understand it and accept it. That is usually the reason for higher pay.
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    Well now a new ball has been thrown into my court. Parkland has contacted me and said to expect to hear from a recruiter by the end of the week. So something new to consider whilst awaiting my security clearance.
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    if you are interested in psych than correctional nursing is the place to be. i work at a small facility, aprox 300 inmates, and about 60% of our population is on mental health medications. the problem is that access to MH professionals is very limited. we have a mid-level (psychologist) 8 hrs a week, and a psychyatrist (via tele-psych) 2 hrs a week. its no fun deciding whos worse and who does or doesnt get to see MH... but we make due. on another note, Ive been in correctional nursing about a year and a half, since i became a nurse, ive never worked anywhere but correctional....ive always wanted to work in this setting...i have no desire to work in a hospital or doctors office....my point is you dont NEED hospital experience first....its all about whats in your heart. but dont do it just for the money, i promise you will earn EVERY PENNY you make! its a difficult job and can be very stressful... you have alot of responsibility in a correctional setting. good luck to you, whatever you choose!
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    UPDATE FROM OP:

    Well, I received a letter from the correctional facility that I interviewed with. It said I was not chosen for the position. I could really kick myself!! I turned down three other interviews thinking that this was a sure thing. I will allow myself a couple of hours to sulk, and then I must continue with my search-back to the drawing board
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    I'm sorry to hear that possible consideration was passed by...that suxs!

    I have read the others input and really, you received a considerable amount of info. I, fortunately, am a recent grad - LPN - and have obtained a PT corrections position. We maintain mostly pre-sentence and have a few blocks that hold sentence male inmates but <2 years...therefore, were are considered medium/maxium. I agree with most that you must have strong assessment skills but honestly, doesn't that come w/every nursing position? Bedside (hospital/LTC/Nursing Home) or correction side - you need to understand and manipulate yourself to the enviroment and proceed accordingly. We all grow and learn from what we are exposed to and I haven't had one particular situation be more of a learning a learning aspect than another?

    I admit, I am far from perfect in my assessment skills but I know I am able to work in a diversived setting - i.e. school nurse substitute; and LTC nurse PT/PD that I am always constantly and continually progressing!

    My final thought was/is: Proceed your own dream. I realize others have encouraged you to 'wait' on your correction path - but honestly, it depends on the facility and how it all plays out!

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    UPDATE FROM OP:

    Well, I received a letter from the correctional facility that I interviewed with. It said I was not chosen for the position. I could really kick myself!! I turned down three other interviews thinking that this was a sure thing. I will allow myself a couple of hours to sulk, and then I must continue with my search-back to the drawing board


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