I am new to this board, I have been practice nursing for couple years in USA and many years in another country. Currently I accepted a job as correction RN in state prison because of the benefit and pay, they offer 20 years retirement and full benefit and no call off for low census like in hospital setting. I was working in hospital setting as Med/Surg/Tele for 2 years, since Nov 08, the hospital got affected by economy downturn. They start to lay off nursing supervisor and management, me as a floor nurse got cancel alot. I never got 36 hr./week since Nov,08 till now. So, I am looking for stable job (hopefully), I found a job as state correction that offer better pay but my concern is it is safe to work as state correction? and what is duty of RN in state correction do? What is our routine? I will be working night shift 7PM-7AM. Can anyone who work in state correction please share your experience with me? I am appreciate it.
Sukanya: Welcome to the wonderful world of correctional nursing! I look forward to seeing you on the boards here regularly. Keep your questions coming - that is what we are here for. Safety is an issue when working in corrections and you should be ever concerned about it. Your facility should provide an orientation including the safety mechanisms at the facility. You should always be within eye or ear-view of a custody officer and have some type of alarm mechanism to summon assistance in a dangerous situation. Your medical unit will have many security doors or sally ports to provide a barrier. Follow carefully all the safety rules and don't rush in to an area in an emergency care situation without the officers first securing it (this was difficult for me since I worked critical care prior to corrections and wanted to start emergency treatment right away)
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