Quote from krf1989
I am a new grad and I applied for a job in a county jail for which I have received a conditional offer. I have not made a commitment to this job yet as I am still waiting for my transcripts to arrive to their HR. I am excited about this job opportunity as I know it is hard for new grads to find jobs. But I am curious as to how potential future employers will view this experience. I know all the pluses such as good assessment skills and autonomy, but will having this be my only experience hinder me? Should I focus more on getting a hospital job?
My ultimate goal is to do international and/or travel nursing, but I do not have a specialty area that I am leaning towards.
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
my first job out of school... county jail
made 32 bux an hour
charge nurse by default cuz everyone else was lpn
i flippin loved that job!!!
took me 8 months to get on at a hospital when i realized i might need to be a nurse a while in a hospital setting before getting pigeon holed into one type of nursing
i never would have gotten on at the hospital if i did not have 2 friends there begging their boss to hire me
i got hired into the icu
i could kick myself!!!
i wish i had done what everyone said- 2 years of med-surg
i am overwhelmed, clumsy, stressed, walk around feeling retarded most of the time, etc etc
it will get better
but it also feels like a step down
i took a paycut
and i am out of my element
i am getting all of the skills and experiences i need to write my own travel ticket
so my advice
based on almost identical circumstances
is hold out for the hospital
the county jail on the resume scared more people than it impressed
matter of fact, my new employers were very concerned that because i worked in a jail i was going to come in with a bad attitude and a filthy mouth
it does have a stigma
it is also dangerous- not the inmates but your license
the jail dr did goofy things like try and make me hang cardizem drips and rocephin without iv pumps, he would forget to renew people's coumadin orders and if you calle dhim (i was on nights) he would cuss you out for letting people run out of coumadin, there is no backup if someone codes other than cops, and the people in the medical units are not acutely ill usually, just to old to be in population, ams, prosthetic limbs, etc
if anyone really got sick i called an ambulance
is that what i worked so hard to get my license for??? to call ambulances??? pass pills???
whenever i am ready to get fat and retire, county jail... here i come!!!