CA nurse that made 260K which prison did she work at. - page 2

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Hi, Not sure if this question was answered in another forum which facility did the nurse Jean Keller who made 260K in a year work at. Which prison did she work at? Where is the prison located. Was she a state employee... Read More


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    I have never worked in corrections but I did work in inpatient psych (we cared for many inmates) & the style of nursing & environment is VERY similar - high level of verbal & nonverbal respect, no shoelaces, paper clips, belts, etc. In terms of safety, I feel it is safer than being in a hospital. I have been assaulted waaay more by patients in a hospital, but got socked in my arm ONCE during my stint as an inpatient psych nurse. Allow me to say that it was MY FAULT because I let my guard down - the patient was in a wheelchair & I could feel that she was about to hit me on her way into the seclusion room, but I didn't trust my gut & when she rolled by me I ignored all instincts to move out of the way & then she punched me HARD in my arm.

    When I became an RN, I seriously considered working in corrections because I found much satisfaction in such a structured & safe environment, but the application process was too extensive & time consuming, so if you really want to work out here I suggest you get the process started pronto.

    The only bad thing I have to say about corrections up here in NorCal is that I've heard of facilities having mandates. Good luck in your search
    Last edit by nursie_nursie_415 on Jul 30, '12
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    Quote from docteri
    I believe that lady was a supervisor over several prisons and had to travel a great deal and deal with many, many shortages at several prisons. She may have gotten 260,000 in one year, but I bet she never saw her family or took a vacation. The average supervior makes over 100.000/year according to the cdc website. My husband is a C/O in CA. Unless you have been in a level 4 prison, I would not judge. I toured it once and may never go back!!
    You are soo WRONG! where did you get all this? Jean is a great nurse who worked a lot of overtime that was available at CMC when the state hiring freeze was in effect. We could all make as much as her if we worked overtime everyday too. By the way, CDCR salaries are determined by barganing units (union contracts) not location in the state.
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    i have been assaulted waaay more by patients in a hospital, but got socked in my arm once during my stint as an inpatient psych nurse.
    this. this this this.

    i did er nursing for my preceptorship before accepting a job at a prison. people came in high on pcp, meth, bath salts - or hell, they weren't even high, they were just aggressive as hell. we couldn't really defend ourselves. security wasn't well equipped nor particularly ready to protect nurses. it wasn't uncommon for us to be assaulted to one degree or another.

    here? our prison is run on a strict demand of respect from both sides. we aren't allowed to curse - at each other, at inmates, nor them at us. a c/o is a few steps away, i carry a panic alarm, and i'm allowed - and encouraged - to defend myself if necessary. feeling safe at your job is key to being happy; i never thought i'd be happier in a prison than a hospital.
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    Quote from Pranqster
    You are soo WRONG! where did you get all this? Jean is a great nurse who worked a lot of overtime that was available at CMC when the state hiring freeze was in effect. We could all make as much as her if we worked overtime everyday too. By the way, CDCR salaries are determined by barganing units (union contracts) not location in the state.
    We have a "supermax" prison near where I live. In my state, retirement for state employees is based on your 3 highest years of salary. There was a guard who worked there and 3 years b/4 he retired, he sold his house, bought a nice camper and parked it in the lot of the prison. Then he worked double shifts, every holidy and weekend (always guards wanting these off) and every overtime shift he could get his hands on. He lived right in the lot so he was available for those who called in sick or who weren't able to make it in due to weather. Needless to say, he made a LOT of money those last 3 years. It can be done. Now, do I feel it is a safe way to work? Especially in that environment? Oh HAYLE no!!!
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    Those days of huge overtime are OVER ... That was when there was a huge nursing shortage at CDC .. There is not a shortage now .The nurse worked as a RN and worked an insane amount of hours.A new employee could not do that even if the hours were available.. Due to the fact that overtime is given according to seniority ... Unless you have a lot of years of service there will not be any overtime left for you


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