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- Dec 31, '12 by tristessaDefinitely pros and cons about working in the correctional system. Ive been working for the past 8 years in the correctional system and absolutely love it. Never a dull moment!! Each day is different!! I guess the main reason I love it so much is the autonomy, the ability for the RN to make clinical decisions and to be respected...The negatives-attempting to work within a correctional system that is focussed on security and not health, the environment isn't for everyone-can be tough to deal with the aftermath of inmate on inmate (Or correctional officer) violence, dealing with inmates convicted of horrid crimes (pedophiles/rapists/murderers)-whilst remaining professional.
Overall, Ive met many people and made lots of friends amongst the correctional officers and other nurses I have worked with. The nursing experience you gain in the correctional environment is unique and will follow you into any other area of nursing. Good luck
- Oct 21 by QueakousI have been in corrections for about 1.5 years in both medical and psych. I do like the autonomy and the fact that most patients/inmates do respond to being treated with sincere gratitude. Yes, they do lie, but no more so than folks I have encountered on a regular med-surg floor. The key thing is to realize that letting them get you angry or insulted is a form of "intimacy". That is strictly forbidden and many corrections nurses seem to forget that that aspect exists. They are my patients, they have few choices of their own autonomy they can take. The worst is refusal of meds, it harms them but I have to understand that is one of the only ways they feel they have "control" over their prison experience and work from there. Most times you can reason with them but often, not. I just do the best I can within the scope of my practice and give the best care I can, just as I would in ANY nursing situation. I love my job, it has been the most fulfilling one I have had yet, including, mom-baby, ante-partum, surgical, med-surg, and clinic. I have worked for private, public, state, and federal institutions and have loved them all but this is the best fit for me.
- Nov 17 by Two ShedsYou must understand that some RNs, myself included, actually WANTED to go into corrections as a first choice. I figured out during my last semester of nursing school that I would rather tear up my license than to work in a hospital environment, and that I would rather have a nursing job "off the beaten path," so to speak. The very first place I applied was the correctional facility where I am now working. I have been here almost 3 years and I love it. I cannot begin to make up some of the funny things I have seen! It's not for everyone--certainly not the faint of heart--but please do not insinuate that any RN who works in corrections is "settling."