Is Corrections a good job for a new RN Grad???Register Today!
- by nursgwithcompassion Sep 20, '11Hi, Im a new grad RN and also new to allnurses. Im intrested in working in corrections. Not really sure what to expect. I would like to get informaion on scenerios and interview techniques. Is this the right field to get into as a new grad? Having a hard time landing a new grad job becasue hospitals arent hiring many new grad due to the ecomony. And unfortunely, I need to get to work asap as I have bills and other expenses! pls help???
- I say it's a good start. Nowadays when jobs are scarce and competition is great at whatever comes your way i say take it to gain experience and learn different fields. It maybe not the field you wanted but maybe learn to like it in the meantime that the economy is terribly down. I have worked in corrections for 2 yrs and so far I liked it. I am going back and looking for a per diem posiiton thru a registry. You will never know what you like until you tried doing the job.
- Sep 21, '11 by nursgwithcompassionThanks asare rn. Im glad to hear that you enjoy working in corrections. I've heard so many different stories but evryone has their own experiences. I guess the most important factor here is to gain as much experience that I can and then eventually I too could pick up a per diem postion.
I have another question for you, do you remember how much time was alloted for training before you begin to practice autonomy?
- 2 weeks usually for security orientation then 2 weeks on the position you are assigned. Here in California we have different positions in the county jail. Booking section , medication pass , clinics. So depending on the assignment for that day the supervisor would usually do the schedule. Everyone is cross trained.
- Did you use a nursing registry? What state will you be working in?
- Sep 21, '11 by nursgwithcompassionSo about a total of 4 weeks for training it sounds like...
Im in No. California and I have not contacted any registries. Not sure where to start or which registry to call. If you dont mind, can you give me some names of registry here in cali?
- Sep 22, '11 by asare rnPrison health services, supplemental healthcare try those..they dont pay much bout entry level pay i think. Since the cut back the pay rates are changed lesser that they use to pay before.
- Oct 5, '11 by OrcaMy honest answer is no. Correctional nursing requires a degree of independence that a nurse with no other experience simply does not have. My agency (Department of Corrections in a western state) will not hire RNs unless they have at least a year of experience, which I agree with. Correctional nursing is a great job - just not a great first job.
- Oct 8, '11 by PrisonNurseSaraI was licensed in my home state for 13 months as a new grad before starting in Corrections. AND I LOVE MY JOB! I worked in home health for the year prior to being hired with Corrections, and although it was great, I was in a supervisory position and craved being a "bedside" nurse.
Orca is right in that correctional nursing requires a lot of independence. If you feel confident in your basic skills, definitely consider this rewarding specialty.
I received 5 weeks of on-the-floor orientation. After 2 months I was sent to a 40-hour training course specializing in basic administration of healthcare to an inmate population. Then at my 6 month mark I attended a 72-hour training course for basic security tactics, etc.
- Oct 8, '11 by MulticollinearityQuote from PrisonNurseSaraCorrectional facilities will vary on this. I received one day of training from security. I've been asking to attend a self-defense course for over a year, but we are always too short-staffed. I never received any formal training on administration of healthcare to inmates. I received about 2-3 weeks of on-the-fly, rushed training, following another nurse and working on my own. I have learned basic concepts about correctional healthcare from time on the job and by reading the NCCHC books on my own.I received 5 weeks of on-the-floor orientation. After 2 months I was sent to a 40-hour training course specializing in basic administration of healthcare to an inmate population. Then at my 6 month mark I attended a 72-hour training course for basic security tactics, etc.Last edit by Multicollinearity on Oct 9, '11