CA/ State Prison RN job question - page 9
by mixyplixy 135,997 Views | 132 Comments
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
- 0Jul 3, '09 by badgerjhIt is now official,,,,,3 furlough days per month....this is a state of calif. prison system employee matter, if you are a calif. employee they are cutting back. They cannot cut back on medical staff however....but even the guards are taking fulough days the same as the nurses. Dont know what cal-trans is doing but I am sure they are doing something.....
- 0Jul 3, '09 by bleugirlrnHi Ramslr--
I haven't been active on this site or this Prison thread for awhile now. To answer your question from my experience--San Quentin does not use registries for RNs. They had a few running around but are phasing them out.They do use registries for LVNS but I think they are phasing them out, too. You could apply as a regular State employee RN if you want to, though. I'm not sure if they're hiring because of the awful mess CA is in right now. All the State workers are now being furluged 3 days per month and they'll be lucky if they don't get IOU's instead of paycheck soon. I haven't worked in any other correctional setting so I can't compare anyting to San Quentin. From Oakland it's a quick commute. I have a friend who has a friend who is now retiring from the San Francisco jail system and really like it there. Again, I don't know if they're hiring with this budget mess. I have also been told that the Jail sysem in San Mateo is a really good place to work but I don't have any personal experience there.
- 0Jul 4, '09 by GenXRNbleugirlrn,
I don't mean to sound intrusive, but would you mind sharing why you decided to resign from SQ? I've been offered a position there, and I'm really struggling with everything that's going on with the furloughs, possible IOUs in lieu of pay and everything else. I'm just not sure I'm interested in working for free for three days a month and taking a 15% pay cut right from the start. I'm not exempt from having bills to pay. I have wanted to call someone from the personnel office at SQ to discuss my concerns, but I've hesitated in doing that b/c I'm not sure if I'd get an accurate answer right now. I would be moving from another state, which would be extremely costly just to get there and find out that it wasn't what I was told or expected. Any insights that you can share would be most appreciated.
- 1Jul 6, '09 by peacefulThink carefully about turning down position. Yes there are 3 days furlough. The pay is still awfully high, benefits wonderful and pension not bad. Several holidays throughout the year paid. Are you familar with correction environment? Did you fly out for interview? Just curious. The downside is they own you. Your schedule until you earn time is whatever they say. Don't call HR and ask lots of questions, like your a trouble maker. Call and be super cooperative and professional asking clarification on pay or days off (furlough days). Good luck on your decision making!
- 0Jul 7, '09 by GenXRNPeaceful,
Thank you for your reply. From your response, you must work for the CDCR. Yes, I realize the pay is exceptional, even for the area. I can't even begin to compare it to my salary where I currently live. It would be like comparing apples to oranges. I also realize that the benefits are awesome, too. Yes, I am very familiar with the corrections environment. I've worked in both management and nursing staff positions within my state prison system and a county jail. No, I did not fly out for an interview. I was offered a phone interview instead. I wasn't sure how it went since it was really difficult to determine how the interviewers were reacting to my responses to their questions. I was very surprised and stunned when I received a call two weeks later offering me a preliminary job offer. With everything I've been following in the media, I found it surprising that they were continuing to hire new staff. They didn't mention what my starting salary would be. I just assumed it would be at the low end of the salary range. I still don't know. I've been very hesitant to call and ask. It's a very important piece of information to know, but it just feels awkward. Yes, I was wondering about the schedule issue. It kind of makes it difficult to work per diem shifts elsewhere to supplement your income if needed. Three furlough days is equivalent to a lot of pay lost in spite of the high salary. Who knows how long it will last with CA's economy in such dire straits right now... Moving to CA will be an expensive venture. Real estate prices (even for rentals) are outrageous...along with many other things. My husband keeps reminding me that I will be making a higher salary to accommodate the higher cost of living, but I'm still weary. I do know that corrections is my niche. I've worked in many areas of nursing since I've been a nurse, basically searching for the one thing that holds my attention and doesn't burn me out to the point where I dread the thought of clocking in yet one more shift. There is always something new and interesting going on in corrections, and you always have to be on your toes and aware of the environment. It fits my personality well. Thank you for your advice and words of wisdom and support. I'll be making my final decision once they make a formal offer.
- 0Jul 16, '09 by coffy25anybody interviewed for any of the Vacaville / solano state prisons and was offered a job? I am waiting for a reply and i interviewed for the solano correctionals and psychiatric programs. I am a new graduate and very interested in acute psych/forensic nursg.
I also need information on the difference between a correctional medical facility RN Vs Correctional RN Vs psychiatric correctional in terms of patient acuity, equipment, and staff safety.
- 0Aug 13, '09 by coffy25HELP, I have an interview tomorrow At the CMF in vacaville. I am a new graduate and i have gone to alot of interviews and exhausted all efforts during months of job hunt. I dont know if il get a response since its tomorrow. but anyone out there know what the interview questions are like and how to prepare for them at the Calif. medical facility in Vacaville? any tips appreciated, thank you!
- 0Sep 5, '09 by lynette.johnsonHi, I am interviewing for San Quentin on Teusday. I am so nervous because I don't interview well. can anyone tell me how the interview process goes and what type of q's they ask? I am also wondering how acute the care at SQ is? I am working at a SBF right now. My thought is that it the care will be sismilar and that if they need any acute care thay go to a hospital? Am I correct? Thanks for any info.