Correctional nursing isnt for me! - page 2

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After only 2 weeks of orienting, I discovered Correctional nursing isn't for me. The thought of returning makes my stomach twist in knots. In my 13 years of nursing, I've never gotten into my car after a shift and cried like a... Read More


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    Quote from MiaTrace
    It all seemed a little overwhelming for me, the paper work, orders, having to get the meds/insulin pass done with in a certain time. During all that rush you find certain orders were never taken off or certain meds were never ordered. Those are those are things you get "used to" (I guess). It didn't help being around a bunch of negative nurses and COs who seemed so miserable and hated being their themselves. Every job has there down falls and I don't want to discourage anyone else from trying it. That's the main reason why I decided to try because I read a lot of nurses "love it" and it's "easy nursing". I will say the inmates were no problems at all and were very respectful, it was the staff more than anything that made it undesirable for me.
    Hello Mia Trace. I am starting my orientation on April 8 at a State prison and I am very nervous as I heard some negative stories.But a lot of people also says that eventually, you will get better and everything will just be a routine for you.Just hang in there. I know there will always be those negative people wherever you go but just think of the purpose of your presence in the facility.We are there to treat patients regardless of who they are.Just stick to the protocols and try to ignore the negative people around u.best of luck to you.
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    Quote from MiaTrace
    After only 2 weeks of orienting, I discovered Correctional nursing isn't for me.
    I respect your feelings. However, unless the place is a total hell hole, two weeks isn't enough time to become accustomed to the routine. You barely know what is going on in that period of time.

    ...even tried to communicate with ADON to decrease my time to ( 2 days a week, until I can find another job) she hasn't returned my call.
    I am a correctional nursing administrator. If an employee - especially a new hire on probation, with no accumulated leave - came to me with a request like this, I could not grant it. Odds are that your ADON can't either. If you are hired into a full time position you must either work the hours, cover them with approved leave or, if your supervisor approves and policy allows it, go on leave without pay. The latter option is one that I would not grant to a new employee barring an emergency situation, because it essentially leaves you with a vacant position that you cannot fill.
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    I hear home health is quite stressful due to the amount of overtime you do and admissions. A friend of mind made 50/hr in corrections as a traveler but no longer does it due to the stress. Your complaint is just the dismal employees. When someone is used to a certain environment, dealing with gloom all day is very tough.
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    Anyone worked temp at Soledad prison for R. L. Klein? What was it like? Get lots of hours?
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    Quote from glasgow
    Anyone worked temp at Soledad prison for R. L. Klein? What was it like? Get lots of hours?
    It's my 3rd week of orientation this Monday.I am assigned to orient in the ER as of this time.I can say, so far, so good.there is never a dull moment.I dnt know if it's just me but it's actually not that stressfull.Inmates are respectful but of course you still have to remind yourself that these are convicted criminals so just be safe.Officers are everywhere so I can say it's safe.So far, the nurses I met are all helpful.They will teach you the things you need to learn.Just dnt be shy to ask.
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    I worked in corrections for almost my whole nursing career,but since graduating from Excelsior and becoming an RN I only do prn. I loved it because it was something different every day. We lost the new nurses fairly quick but those who stayed for some time. It is fast pace and u have to find a rhythm, I did insulin to over 30 inmates in maybe a half hour, when I floated to an unfamilar unit or med pass I would make a loud but friendly announcement. Hi guys I'm not familiar with this so just bear with me, and generally they would be patient. I still remember ,1 inmate when I was a new nurse, Ms. Erika its clear before cloudy be careful u have our lives in ur hands. Stick it out u might like it
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    "trust in the lord"
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    I worked ICU, psychiatry and corrections. I had 2 days of orientation in which I picked up the routine fairly quick. XYZ needs to be done at this time and any unexpected events that we responded to needed to be done, times segment was key; However, my frustration came in with lazy nurses, resistance to officers and poor communication. It may differ between facilities, though I hear that it's similar across the board. For county correctional facilities I find that it is about the money as well. We pay for inmates healthcare i.e meds, Dr.appts, ED visits in which management and providers get their ass chewed out if we send someone to the Hospital if admission is not granted. Therefore, if someone needs to go to the Hospital, the Provider is reluctant to give orders to send them out. Catch 22, if I don't send them out I jeopardize my license and if I do against the Prividers order I jeopardize my license.

    I send patients out against the providers order if in my gut, I know something is wrong and I'm 7/8. Not too bad. Anyway, I know the frustration. I'm still PRN and there's certain Nurses I trust and nurses that I have to double and triple check when I'm working. Corrections is my least enjoyable job but my patients are my only concern criminals are not.
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    Quote from Austin12
    I send patients out against the providers order if in my gut, I know something is wrong and I'm 7/8. Not too bad.
    A nurse in my agency would be instantly terminated for sending an inmate out against a provider order. Simply put, that isn't your call.
    Last edit by Orca on May 13, '13
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    @Orca, I have been in this situation a few times. A person who u know is dying, there going out 911. Screw a job, I need my license and I have aconscious. The few times I had to do it, it was a critical situation, I didn't know what was wrong, only that the person was really sick!
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