correctional nursing pay rate - page 3

I applied for a job at a local prison but the pay was much lower than I expected and i was nervous about that type of work as i tend to trust people I'm caring for, so i declined the job. I'm... Read More

  1. by   Agnus
    Originally posted by Orca


    The medical service at Ely State Prison is always advertising for staff (although to be fair, the location may have a lot to do with it).
    Is Ely privatized?
  2. by   JKLPN
    any one know the pay in new jeresy's corrections system?
  3. by   Nurse56
    Quote from Rambo-ette
    I am administrator at a Florida jail that is (yikes!!!) privatized. We are not the enemy folks!!! Private companies are INVITED into the systems because of the state/county reluctance to pay, monitor, support and manage health care, not to mention the supposed financial advantages of not running their own medical units. Much to everyone's surprise, private companies have benefits, job security, pay raises, etc. Many staff formerly employed with the state/counties going private elect to stay with the companies that take over. Even if a contract is lost, no company has a busload of nurses to bring in if they win the contract! The down side, howver, is the loss of seniority and accompanying benefits for the employees. Even with that disadvantage, the staff usually remains there. Salaries unfortunately are lower than hospitals, etc, but there are benefits, pensions, 401k, hospitalization etc. The average rate for LPN in Fla is 10.00/hr, RN's 20.00 hr. Most have generous differential pay for off shifts. I agree,, it doesn't compete with hospitals, but I for one would never return to hospital nursing after working in corrections. I love it!
    I work for CCA in Hernando Co and makeing 15.27hr. I have been with them for 3yr. We are always understaffed and overworked. I love Corrections. Anytime someone askes me where I work, and I tell them, they go,OHOOOO. They think all nurses should work in a hospital. This job has been an eye opener. I used to work at Logan Dept of Corrections in Illinois for about 4yr which they had a Union and was so much better. The Union was also for the officers. Why doesnt Florida use Unions for their Nurses? The pay would be better and have the protection of the Union.
  4. by   LoriRN911
    Quote from aussieshane
    hi
    im a psychiatric nurse with 5 years experience...could someone tell me whar hourly rate id receive working in washinton, boston east coast states
    thanks
    shane


    HI Shane,

    I worked in both corrections and psych nursing. I made at the prison $28.50 hr and at a psych hosp $30.50 hr. That is the East coast Boston area. (20 mins North of Boston.) Feel free to Email me if you have any questions.
    Lori RN
  5. by   newLPN
    Quote from bandaid911
    I think your salary depends on the company you work for. I work for CMS-correctional medical services. there salary ranges and benefits are wonderful. PHS on the other hand pay terribly. look into CMS employed prisons.

    Bandaid911
    I'm going for a Cms interview in MD, what are the pay ranges??
  6. by   bartbroadway
    Can anyone give me information on current job (LPN) for correctional nursing in Florida. I worked in Florida before with CMS (2000) and have been living abroad (volunteer works) since then. I kept up with my license and want to return to Florida and back to correctional nursing.
    Thanks in advance. You can email me at bartbroadway@yahoo.com
  7. by   Nurse56
    It depends what part of Florida you are moving back to. In Hernando Co the pay is between 15.00 to 16.00 and hour. Pasco Co and other co. around us pay a little more not sure. This is with CCA. I worked with them for 4 yr and recently quit and went to Home Health Care and love it. Less stress and better hours. I wish you Luck in comeing back to corrections and welcome back to Florida.
    Quote from bartbroadway
    Can anyone give me information on current job (LPN) for correctional nursing in Florida. I worked in Florida before with CMS (2000) and have been living abroad (volunteer works) since then. I kept up with my license and want to return to Florida and back to correctional nursing.
    Thanks in advance. You can email me at bartbroadway@yahoo.com
  8. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Last edit by FROGGYLEGS on Apr 28, '05
  9. by   bartbroadway
    Hi, Thanks .
    what CCA stands for and do they have a website ?
    Also, does anyone know of any agencies that send out LPN to correctional facilities in Florida?

    I am concerning doing per diem first until I figure out where I want to live in Florida.


    Quote from Nurse56
    It depends what part of Florida you are moving back to. In Hernando Co the pay is between 15.00 to 16.00 and hour. Pasco Co and other co. around us pay a little more not sure. This is with CCA. I worked with them for 4 yr and recently quit and went to Home Health Care and love it. Less stress and better hours. I wish you Luck in comeing back to corrections and welcome back to Florida.
  10. by   Nurse56
    CCA...... stands for Corrections Corporation of America and they do have a web site. Just type in Corrections Corporation of America and go to this site and they will tell you where and what openings they have under the employment site. I hope this helps. The insanity is still there, overworked,under paid and nursing shortage. Hernando Co Jail has around 400 inmates with one to two nurses a shift. Corporate is very stiff on their regulations with little to no overtime accepted but still wants you to get your work done in the timely manner that they require. Very stressful. I will stay in Home Care with less stress and more money. Like I said, I hope this helps you out on the choices that you have to make. I wish you the best of Luck.
    Quote from bartbroadway
    Hi, Thanks . I work for Maxim Health Care agency , and they send nurses to the jail to work. Maxim is all over Florida and I do enjoy the agency but I requested that they do not send me to the jail. I prefer home health on a one to one basis. Maxim sends Nurses to the jail or prison . I requested that they dont send me to the jail to work. I enjoy home health and working on a one to one basis. I wish you all the luck.
    Last edit by Nurse56 on Jun 15, '04
  11. by   bartbroadway
    Thank you for the additional information. Nurse 56


    Quote from Nurse56
    CCA...... stands for Corrections Corporation of America and they do have a web site. Just type in Corrections Corporation of America and go to this site and they will tell you where and what openings they have under the employment site. I hope this helps. The insanity is still there, overworked,under paid and nursing shortage. Hernando Co Jail has around 400 inmates with one to two nurses a shift. Corporate is very stiff on their regulations with little to no overtime accepted but still wants you to get your work done in the timely manner that they require. Very stressful. I will stay in Home Care with less stress and more money. Like I said, I hope this helps you out on the choices that you have to make. I wish you the best of Luck.
  12. by   mdpetrasek
    I am a new grad RN and have decided to work in corrections, specifically in Washington County Jail in Oregon. I have only been there a few weeks but am enjoying it a lot. I first accepted a job in a nursing home, but pay ($20/hr) and benefits was horrible, only lasted a few weeks and then I bagged it (Stay away from Marquis Care at all costs all you RN's!). Then I took a job at the hospital in intensive care, thought I would like it, but did not. Pay was ok (not quite $23/hr, but only worked 36hrs weekly), benefits were good, but I quickly grew tired of dealing with all the physicians and their attitudes. Not to mention feeling like a "cog in the machine". The complete lack of autonomy was bothersome as well. I was a paramedic prior, so this was my biggest gripe. Since I only worked three days a week at the hospital, I applied for the jail job for a prn position, thought it sounded interesting and the pay was better to boot! Well, I love it! I quit the hospital and have not looked back. Our providers are excellent, our automony is incredible, the pay is good (starting - $25 hr days, plus $2 for evening and $3 for night, which is $52-58+k/yr) and there is always something interesting going on. You trully deal with issues the outside community does not see, and you get to be a bigger part of it as well. I work for PHS, and all seems to be going well so far. Benefits are average, which is to say, not as good as they should be. Specifically, not a penny to your 401k do they contribute, pathetic! No vision either. Maybe next year though. If you are a new grad, you should consider. This jail is new, and very nice, not to say I would like to live there....but you get the idea. The medical areas are large and obviously were desgined to be a major focus of the jail. Some of the deputies think you are a nuisance, but most respect you and it is a lot of fun to work with them. Remember, security is first, health second. Do not get drawn in to inmates, treat with respect, but do NOT put up with poor attitudes. Sounds cruel, but treat them like children and you will do best I think. Most of all have fun, this is an area that is overlooked, feel fortunate to have found it, good luck all, Michael, RN.
  13. by   aussieshane
    Quote from LoriRN911
    HI Shane,

    I worked in both corrections and psych nursing. I made at the prison $28.50 hr and at a psych hosp $30.50 hr. That is the East coast Boston area. (20 mins North of Boston.) Feel free to Email me if you have any questions.
    Lori RN
    hi, just checked in (5 mths or so after you replied to my letter lol) are these wages typical, or are they for nurses with 10-15 yrs exp. im pushing 6 yrs exp now. so i guess my question is , if i took the nclex in boston, passed ect would i be able to walk into a $28 - $30 hr job.
    Also, if i rented a 1 bedroom apartment in a SAFE area what do they cost a mth
    if you can recommend any psych hospitals id appreciate it
    thanks
    shane
    Last edit by aussieshane on Aug 11, '04

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