Correctional Information - page 2

Hi! I am a a college student and I will be entering the nursing school in January. I am very interested in correctional nursing and was wondering if anyone could give me some info on it or tell me what it is like. I am... Read More

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    Have to agree with the last few posts. You need some hospital experience. I went into corrections with only four years of Med-Surg hospital nursing and still felt I could have used a few more years of experience. Common sense and good judgement always a plus, but you still need some experience prior to taking on something like correctional nursing.

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    I worked as an RN in jail for 4 years, and agree with all the above advice, including mznurse's comments re. male/female inmates. (This situation is even more intense with juveniles.) You need at least a year med-surg (to sharpen your assessment, treatment, and "thinking on your feet" skills), and would be wise to do at least a year in psych (as you will find a large number of psych inmates in "corrections" as we call it.--what does it correct? But that's a different thread.), and a year in a community health clinic (for experience of a variety of cultures, common health problems of poor people, etc.). AND THEN make sure you check out very carefully the level of safety that would be provided you when working in any given correctional institution. At some you are at major risk, while others are less dangerous than your average ER (which may not be saying a lot). Remember, you will be working with a group of people, many of whom have absent or "unusual" social skills, major neglect-caused health problems, and abundance of game-playing and hostility/anger/mainpulation skills. You have to be able to accurately asses them despite the string of lies and inaccuracies they often tell you about their histories and present symptoms. Good luck.
    Last edit by sjoe on Aug 16, '02
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    We wouldn't even hire you as a new grad. Here, you have to have a few years of ER, ICU, CCU experience before you're ready to tackle this environment. However, I agree with the posts. It is the best salary, benefits, etc, you will ever come across. The retirement is excellent,(I know, you're a new grad and not even thinking of retirement, but believe me, it will come sooner thatn you think). I also agree that women are horid to work with. I'd rather have men any day of the week.

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