Hired at a correctional....any advise?

  1. Hi everyone,
    Any nurses working at correctionals at the moment?
    I just got hired and want some advise/pointers.
    I only have experience at nursing homes and pediatric private duty. However I want to expand my Horizons,
    I know it's not an easy job and it will definitely be challenging. So am seeking for advise. Thanks!
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Sunnygirl1233
    I, too, have peds experience and am now getting into corrections. I'll be interested in seeing the replies!
  4. by   QueenWandaful
    Im thinking applying. How do you like it?
  5. by   aprilrazz
    I am 2 months in at a city jail and I love it. I have similar experience as well as time in military medicine. I do anything from sick call, med passes and booking right now and it is never a dull time. You get to use all kinds of skills that you may have learned and pick up a few along the way. You do need to watch for manipulation as the inmates have lots of time to figure out how to get things from you.
    I feel really safe as there is a deputy with me at all times and I am never alone with inmates. Read up on things as there are a few good books on the subject that will help you find your way. Also talk to the other nurses that have been there a while. They are full of advice.
  6. by   Tippyrn
    Watch your back, literally.
  7. by   GoBuckeyez10
    In your considering the BOP.....Reconsider, toxic environment all around the country
  8. by   BedsideNurse
    Quote from GoBuckeyez10
    In your considering the BOP.....Reconsider, toxic environment all around the country
    I've read some nursing forums with BOP people on there. A lot of problems for sure. Not that hospital work is problem free, but after I don't think it'd be for me.
  9. by   TriciaJ
    Great book: Games Criminals Play: How You Can Profit By Knowing Them by Budd Allen.
  10. by   angeloublue22
    As to manipulative BX. I a good article to read Downing a Duck Downing A Duck (An Inmate's Version) It was written by an inmate on how they use insidious manipulation to get what they want out of you. I liked working in corrections, I just didn't like the poor staffing. There is never a dull day and I gained so much confidence as a nurse because you have to be able to handle any situation.
  11. by   Orca
    Quote from angeloublue22
    As to manipulative BX. I a good article to read Downing a Duck Downing A Duck (An Inmate's Version) It was written by an inmate on how they use insidious manipulation to get what they want out of you. I liked working in corrections, I just didn't like the poor staffing. There is never a dull day and I gained so much confidence as a nurse because you have to be able to handle any situation.
    This article was passed around my facility by a custody supervisor who found it. It is a great resource for identifying manipulation, and it is also an object lesson in not disclosing personal information to inmates.
  12. by   Dansko_shuffle
    I've been working in corrections for 2 years and I love it. My biggest piece of advice is don't let it change you.
    That was what everyone I work with told me when I first started and I had no idea what they meant until two years later.
    I'm thankful that it has given me a back bone and that I am confident in my nursing practice. But it has changed me. I have no tolerance for nonsense like I did before and at times I do feel jaded/immune to certain things that happen in prison/jail. And some of the things I see are awful.
    Some people think it's "cool" that I work there, others think it's terrible and unsafe. I look at it this way, I'm never alone in the sense that an officer is always with me. And for the most part the inmates/detainees don't really give the nurses a hard time. Some definitely do but for the most part it's just like any other nursing job- you have good patients and you have annoying ones/trouble makers.
    But nonetheless, I am thankful and I love what I do, it's unlike any other job, you can't even make up some of the stuff that happens!
    I feel like everyone should give it a shot at least once. And I hope you like it! Because I love it.
    Last edit by Dansko_shuffle on Apr 6
  13. by   AngelKissed857
    New grad considering correctional job in county jail. This is through California Forensics group. Anyone have experience with this company, advice, concerns?
  14. by   RNtoFNP20yrs
    Be firm and fair and consistent with all inmates. When you're the newbie, they will try to play you to see what you will or won't do. We had nurse get fired because she gave a candy bar to an inmate in our restricted housing unit, because he was 'being good'. A Psychologist was walked off for an inappropriate relationship with one of our lifers. He's got nothing to lose, he's in prison for life. There is NOTHING that an inmate can offer you no matter how they try to sweet-talk you. They tried with me but I didn't fall for it.

    I earned their respect by treating them with respect. I told them when I started that I didn't care why they were here. I'm here to provide healthcare. Some of my coworkers treat them poorly. I don't. I told them that I will respect you and I expect the same in return. If you disrespect me, I will do the bare minimum that is required of me by the state board of nursing and the DOC policies. Mostly, I don't have any problems with them. I get more trouble from my coworkers....imagine that.

    Don't play favorites. Treat them all the same. Stay within your pay grade and practice according to your facility policy & Board of Nursing regulations and you'll be fine and don't forget to DOCUMENT! DOCUMENT! DOCUMENT!!!! It applies in corrections too!

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