Thanks for answering that for me... Its sad that with all this going on right now, that I may not be able to get in. It wont stop me though.. I am determined to work for either Chowchilla, Coalinga or Corcoran (Just to name a few out here)
I do have a huge question though. Many people on here have recommended I go through a Registry like you mentioned. Who do I go through? I have no clue where to begin with that. I am starting my LVN school in Jan and in Feb/Mar 2013 I will take my CNA exam so i begin my job hunt while still in school. After i get the LVN license, I will be working towards my RN-BSN (taking pre-reqs now)
If you or anyone else on here know who/which Registry to contact for the Central Valley (Fresno/Visalia) areas please let me know.
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Jobs as correctional nurses in CA is not what it used to be. The reallignment means less nurses because they are trying to remove posts from prisons and trying to justify staffing less by switching from it being based on population to being based on acuity. I don't forsee this hiring freeze letting up anytime soon, the reallignment consists of several layoff waves, and they are now (one wave 3 out of 9 I believe) looking at non-custody personel. Im relatively new and was told to look out for a preliminary "lay off notice" meaning that my job is up for grabs to anyone of higher seniority who would want to relocate to my area incase they get bumped from their post. I snuck into the system right before this huge crunch and I'm hoping I survive to gain some seniority because job security is not what it used to be. Not to discourage you misspinkmeow because I have read many of your posts and sense your enthusiasm for wanting to join the force, but it is becoming exponentially difficult during these times and in the forseable near future to ascertain employment with CDCR. If you want to get your LVN or CNA and work in a prison to see how it is that's great, but it wont do much for you besides give you facetime with management as far as getting in as an RN. The political and administrative structure of the state doesn't make it an easy transition from CNA to RN like in a hospital. They are different bargaining units, for one thing, between RN and axillary medical personnel (LVN/CNA). I know of LVNs who work at my institution who either hold an RN license or are sitting for RN boards soon and they dont have a "guaranteed spot." Of course it would be easier for you to go from CNA/LVN to RN simply because you would have "state time" under your belt.
All in all, one of the easiest ways to slide into the system is through registry, whether it is LVN or RN. There are many LVN registries for CA prisons but not many RN registries (they do exist though). My best advice to you is if you are looking for CA prison work, it would benefit you to adopt the mindset of being flexible. Even if it means going to pelican bay, high desert, or other "undesirable" locations until you get permanency and pass probabtion then look for lateral transfer opportunities in the facility of your choice (which may be a 3 year wait in all).
Good Luck to all of you!