Are there any subsets of corrections nursing that actually afford you the ability to use your ACLS skills and run codes and work other critical care cases like managing vasoactive drips or taking care of patients with chest tubes, etc? I guess what I'm looking for would be like ICU or ER nursing inside a prison.
I like high acuity cases, but I also prefer working with the prison/inmate population much more than the general civilian population.
I can't speak for other states, but here in PA, any really seriously ill patient would be sent to a hospital, as the jails and prisons are not equipped or staffed for anything really involved medically. However, I would imagine that every urban area probably has a hospital with a forensic floor. Here in Philly, the jail system, which has the population of a small town, contracts out for hospital services. All of this is basically related to budget and security issues.
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