does prison nursing affect your home life? - page 3

by sidney82

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I read in someones post recently that when a person has been doing prison nursing for a while it effects your home life, most significantly your relationships with your partner and friends,,, does it change the way you are... Read More


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    I think it matters a lot what prison you are at. I have seen a lot of other facilities in other states where it is pretty bad, but at mine it is OK most of the time. We are a very nice medium security facility (i.e. most inmates would rather be with us than other facilities in our system), and our security staff could teach Cesar Millan about correcting bad behavior quickly. The inmates are all aware that we almost never give narcs, and malingering is a pretty sure ticket to segregation, so the manipulation is there, but controlled. Compared to my ICU job, where I have been assaulted multiple times, have patients daily trying to manipulate for drugs, and deal with the most non-compliant of the non-compliant, it is almost like a vacation to go to jail. Mostly my wife is happy with the fact that I am much less stressed and get to spend more time with the kids.

    And for the badge argument, every time I see a patient (or even a chart), the patient gets my full name, so the badges aren't really an issue. Besides, my badge is my ticket out at the end of the day, so I don't have a problem with it.
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    Great question -
    I have worked in the jail as a nurse and NP for over 5 years. I think it has made me a better person. Less judgemental, less focused on small irritance in life - more grateful for the life I have.
    Sometimes it can be hard to shake off the despair that is around you all day - but as long as you are respectful of the patients (no matter what they do) they generally are respectful to you.

    I wonder how prison would be different. I have always worked in a jail.
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    This thread was very interesting and helpful. I am starting a Correctional job soon and although I'm not intimidated as I'm a petite thang - I wonder what I will be exposed to. I do not worry about getting hurt as CO are ALWAYS present when you are w/an inmate and I'm told you are safer inside than you are on the streets. So we'll see how it goes....I'm very interested in what I'm going to see and learn!
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    I've worked in corrections for a year now, and one of the main things I love about it is that it is usually quite easy to leave my workday at the gate. We are getting a sophisticated home security system for piece of mind even though I work at a level 5 camp and most of my guys are there for life. Also, there are nights when I dream that the offenders and my children are near each other (I'll dream thier school is on the prison grounds etc) and on those nights I never rest. Also, I've had 2 nurses confide in me that for a short time after having an inmate expose themselves - usually the first time, they experienced some anxiety while being intimate with thief boyfriend/ spouse.
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    Yikes! Sounds intese an I would get out if I felt that way! I work @ a jail w/only 300+ and most are waiting trial. I know what you have spoke of and I would suggest if you feel this intense and subject behavior - find another job! gl...xo

    Quote from Popnursing
    I've worked in corrections for a year now, and one of the main things I love about it is that it is usually quite easy to leave my workday at the gate. We are getting a sophisticated home security system for piece of mind even though I work at a level 5 camp and most of my guys are there for life. Also, there are nights when I dream that the offenders and my children are near each other (I'll dream thier school is on the prison grounds etc) and on those nights I never rest. Also, I've had 2 nurses confide in me that for a short time after having an inmate expose themselves - usually the first time, they experienced some anxiety while being intimate with thief boyfriend/ spouse.
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    I love corrections & can't imagine doing anything else. I didn't mean To make it sound intense, I was just making observations on how correctional nursing has some unique effects at home as opposed to other specialties. The security system makes sense as we live on a main road and I know over 200 rapists murderers and child molesters by name. And as far as the exposure/sex thing, it was something other nurses had experienced. It makes sense though that it would be disturbing - that's why they do it afterall. Both nurses said thinking about later freaked them out, but it was short term an passed quickly. Sadly, you just get used to seeing that kind of thing pretty quickly... lol!
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    I work a female correctional facility with all security levels and death row and we are also a reception center and we have moms and baby program so we are a very unique prison and I LOVE it The female offenders are very needy and with many of them only staying for a short sentence the revolving door keeps bringing new in and sending old out. We deal with so many "real" health issues due to the lack of money, insurance or concern from the patients on the "outs." I have been a nurse in corrections for several years and I really Love the job. It is so different then the nursing home which is to be expected but so many different challenges you face. With med administration you have patients cheeking there medication, patients faking injuries, faking seizures, lying and manipulating, it is a challenge to figure out which ones really need the care and which ones are using the system. I think that I could properly asses a paitient a mile away from all the skills I have learned in corrections. I have seen prison save life's to Dx, cancer, Diabetes, HTN. All things that went unnoticed before the patients were locked up. US medical coverage is a JOKE for so many reasons but thats another thread. )So many people were not ever taught basic life skills which include simple hygiene techniques. There can be a lot of bad attitude but in return so many are so thankful to have someone actually listen to there health concerns and treat them with a bit of respect. There is a fine line that must be drawn to enforce rules and "get tough" and give appropriate care. Always staying profession is the key and never look up why the patient is locked up. You never want that in the back of your mind when treating a patient. Some of the stories I have heard of abuse that some of the women offenders had went through makes me VERY thankful with my life. Every day is a challenge however with good work rapier with your fellow nursing staff and correctional staff a job well done can be achieved.
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    Quote from RN.38SPCL
    What I notice is that when I look at anyone, a new aquaintance or even just people watching in a public place, I can pick out the manipulators and pretty much make an educated guess on who has been in jail and who aught to be. Or so I think. If it looks like a family member, even spouse, might be trying to get one over on me, I really let them have it. However, that seems no different than an ER nurse telling her family over the phone, "Do not call me at work unless you have blood squirting out of your head". After a while, you just don't have time for stupid. I have a very god raport with the inmates who are actually ill and really need my case management skills.
    I like that blood squirting out of ur head, or how bout this your is yur falling off and hanging by a string it not call me back when it does , I am at work......lol
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    Hey Amy I work in the same type of facility. I have ran into an irrate inmate one inmy career as a correctinal nurse. But thank Goodness nothign came on it, I let him knowi n know uncertain terms that it he tried anything it would be the last thing in life he would ever do. Don't know what he thought I had on me or would do, but what ever he thought it worked in my favor.
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    haha. My family noticed it when I first started working. At work you get a firm and strict mode and it translates to relationships at home. But you just have to be aware and separate the two.


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