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CA/ State Prison RN job question - page 6

Hi..I am thinking of taking a position in San Quentin or Folsom/ Sacramento...if you work there would love some feedback about how you enjoy your work, working for the state etc...thanks!... Read More

  1. Visit  bleugirlrn profile page
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    To those wanting to work in the CA state prison system:

    Go to the CA State website and from there follow the links. You need to take a 'test' online which is really just an inquiry into your experience. I applied last December, got called for an interview in April and started in May at San Quentin State Prison.

    Good luck!
  2. Visit  RocknRollYogaRn profile page
    #66 0
    I already did that in October.
    Did you take the job at San Quentin? If so, are you happy you did? That is where I would like to work, but I would also like to work in the S.F. jail system.
    Have a good day.
  3. Visit  glynda916 profile page
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    I just started working at Coalinga State Hospital Nov.3 2008 and they lowered the pay for any nurses who started working there after Oct. 18, 2008. The pay went from 7224.00 to 6625.00 a month.
  4. Visit  tirzo13 profile page
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    veterans home of california.

    as far as i know, part of the new contract is that all state mental hospitals, of which coalinga is, the rate is going up to 8000.
    the union fought for it.
    the union agreement is that we will get within 5% of the prison pay.
    if you are new maybe does not apply till after your first year.

    that rate also includes veterans, and Dev. disabled hospitals.
    they just have 2.0 vs. 2.5 retirement of prison and mental health.
  5. Visit  tirzo13 profile page
    #69 1
    Quote from RNCCHP
    Is the State hiring nurses? I am currently looking. I want to move to the Bay area. What about San Francisco jail system?
    i'd not work the jail system.
    from the people i have talked to when i was at the state prisons, and they did both, county and city jails are alot harder and hectic.
    state prison for the most part is much smoother.

    still, how rewarding is it working with convicts.
    i myself after three years could not get around that.
    i went to school to be an RN for a different reason, I dont' like being told i can't care.
    and i just could no longer justify in my head careing for rapists and murders, when our veterans need us.
  6. Visit  sanfrancisco49 profile page
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    Hi "BLEUGIRLRN" - Please describe your interview experience with the prison job you're at. Thank you.
  7. Visit  GenXRN profile page
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    This is for bleugirlrn. I completed an online application several months ago to work in any of the Bay area prisons, preferably San Quentin. I just received a notice from San Quentin today inquiring about my interest in an RN position. I am from Oklahoma and have worked in the prison system here, but it's like comparing apples to oranges! I'm interested in knowing about your experience so far at San Quentin. How much did your experience as a nurse count as far as the determination for your starting pay? SQ is an old facility. Do you feel safe? Overall, what can you tell me about your experience? Thanks!
    Last edit by GenXRN on Dec 29, '08 : Reason: To clarify who message is to.
  8. Visit  glynda916 profile page
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    My pay will only go up 5% after 1 year. No where near some of the State Workers pay at the Mental facilities. They say all new Rn's that started at the Mental State facilities after October 18, 2008 will start at the beginning T range of 6623.00 a month.
  9. Visit  glynda916 profile page
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    Do you still work at Yountville Veteran Home? If yes how is it for a nurse to work the SNF unit on night shift?
  10. Visit  ramselr profile page
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    Quote from bleugirlrn
    To those wanting to work in the CA state prison system:

    Go to the CA State website and from there follow the links. You need to take a 'test' online which is really just an inquiry into your experience. I applied last December, got called for an interview in April and started in May at San Quentin State Prison.

    Good luck!

    I'm a new grad RN moving back to the bay area. I finished school in Arizona. I have a year of experience as a paramedic and have been working as a registry LVN the past year in corrections in AZ. I have a full-time job lined up in the Bay but was thinking of pulling registry shifts on the side.

    Does San Quentin use a lot of registry? If so, which agencies send out there the most? Also, are there any other prisons within an hour of Oakland? Or do you know anything about the jails in the Bay Area?

    Last, how is it working at San Quentin. I worked three different prisons in AZ and there was a HUGE difference in working conditions between the three.

  11. Visit  LH19rn profile page
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    Do you know how long the orientation for new RNs is at the Yountville Veterans Home? I was looking at an opening and the only requirement listed is an RN license. Desired are good customer service, communication skills. I have been looking to get into a new grad program because I never did med surg. I went into maternity nursery for a few months, did dialysis for a few months about five years ago and my most recent job was at a blood bank.
    Do you think they would train reentry nurses at Yountville and would this be a good place to get experience? Do they have a great need for bilingual spanish speaking nurses? Do you know what the nurse patient ratios are? I will try to call their HR tomorrow but would like to get more insight into their working conditions from someone here. The pay is great but I need to get good experience.
  12. Visit  badgerjh profile page
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    Those of you who are looking into working for the calif. prison system be aware of what the state is doing to keep from paying employees any more than they can get away with.....Like right now 2 furlough days and probably 3 starting in July. Next they will be trying for changing the pay scale. As of right now I figure I am losing approx. $1,000.00 per month! Compared to take home last year.....
  13. Visit  GenXRN profile page
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    Will these furloughs include ALL nurses working for the CA prison system? Are there any nurses or other staff who are exempt or is it the same for all facilities and disciplines, including those working in the Bay Area prisons?