I've been reading this forum this a. m. I am really impressed. You all seem so happy and up beat. I find this very encouraging. So encourging I'm wondering what it is I'm not hearing.
I'm reading because when I was a student my psy teacher was head of prison nursing in this state. She arranged for those who wanted to spend a day in a max prision. Very interesting and again up beat. Humm?
About the time I graduated a new juvenile facility was in need of an RN. I was wanting to go into peids, this would be only about 5 iminutes from home. I did not apply as I was not sure if I was ready for that right out of school with no experience.
There is a minimum security female prison close to that one and I wondered about working there before I went to nursing school
It sounds very interesting and I have talked very briefly with nurses who have worked at some of the other prisons in the area (we seem to have a LOT) They seem to especially like the pay.
My problem is from my personal perspective correction officers and police officers seem to have a very negative view of the world and mistrust everyone. I would not want to work in an enviroment that encourages that. They seem to have an unusually high reguard for nurses BUT.
I am wondering what tole it takes working in such an enviorment. When I spent my day as a student on the psyc unit of the prison I asked how the nurses and officers coped and what they did to releve stress and I really got very filp answers. Not that they meant to be disrespectful but I really got no insight as to how they kept good mental health for themselves.
This day at the prison was set up as a way to recruit nurses and there was no secret made about it. So I wonder what we were not being told or shown.
Oh yea, when I was a CNA working for agency I did a night shift in a california jail it was a with a woman who was confined to a hospital bed because of her extensive injuries from attempted ssuicide. It was a good experience. BUT the prison nurses aid I relieved was (unlike everyone else) in that he told me to essentially watch my back because if anything happened to the prisoner they they would hang it on me and no one would back me up. He had it that even if I went to eat or go to the rest room I would be in trouble if something happened. Yet I was told I could take my breaks. Both she and I were under constant view of the guards. This poor worman was in no shape to try to kill her self with all the casts she had on. I don't know maby it was because he was an aide and only paid about $6 that caused him to be like this. But he was talking like I personally would be facing a big law suite.