Definitely 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