well i work for the prisons in florida. i worked through 2 wonderful agencies who got me "cleared" at the following facilities(and what i think of them)
very laid back, home of the crisis stabilization unit for the region. the don's keep changing, but the staff is pretty nice and so are the inmates and the officers.
loved the facility, very small. inmates are very nice to you, and some good lookin officers might i ad. (hey, im single and i can look)the work is easy and the staff gets along very well.
lowell ci(marion county)-
what can i say? its a womens prison. the women are very needy and emotional. its not a rare occurence to have the warden, oic or supervisor in your face because you refused to give an inmate a&d ointment(which is used as a hair dressing also). happened to me! the women there are babied and coddled. they get everything they want. they will lie on you to get what they want. there is a high turn-over, as 80% of their nurses are agency. you will pick up excellent triage skills, because it is up to you to assess(yes i said assess, call the board of nursing). you make the call and decide if they need to see the doctor or the dentist. you make the call to send that person to the er. you make the call on the admittance and discharge of the infirmary patients. its all in your hands. make sure you have liability insurance
. oh, and they get pregnant. especially the ones on work release. jeez!! you cant deliver the babies there, you will be gate cut, so make sure you got someone on your team who has excellent ob skills. if that baby is coming, push them out to the gate on that gurney. when you see the oic and the ems, quickly get them out the gate. because the governor does not like to have lowell ci listed as a place of birth for a child(there was a professional football star born there) make of it what you will. *some cute officers too! bonus!http://www.ocala.com/article/2007102...54/1001/news01
this is the "hospital" prison. where we send a lot of inmates to go on to glory. a lot of them are aids/hiv or geriatric life patients. you will use a lot of skills there. its difficult, but its nice.
this is the reception center. you will see a lot of first-timers, bootcamp minors, new to death-row-ers....the whole nine. its very busy.
union ci-death row(raiford)-
very quiet place. a little scary for a nurse new to corrections. they do not take lightly to child killers or child rapists/molesters. dont linger at the child killers cell door too long, the inmates will tell you not to waste your time there because that person killed little so and so. they live by the inmate code there, so you have to respect it, or you will not survive in that environment. when a death row inmate is 30 days or less to execution, he is then transferred down the street to..........
florida state prison(raiford)-
once the inmate is there, he is given time for all his "finals" (goodbye calls, letters, visits, meal). then, they may get a stay of execution, which frequently happens. i said goodbye to an inmate and prayed for him a few days before he left union ci for fsp. he told me that he was sorry he was sorry he broke his mothers heart. so if you are emotional like me, then you may not need to work there. there is no stress however, most of the inmates are just somber and do whats asked. when you get a new young guy on the row, they often have breakdowns, and thats usually when its ok to turn on the motherly/fatherly skills. its up to you, you can either comfort him or find him hanging in his cell the next morning. chose your battles, as long as you do not breech security, then its ok to comfort.
marion ci (across the street from lowell)-
mens unit. if you dont mind seeing inmates when you are getting into your personal vehicle, then you are ok. i had an issue where an inmate walked up to me and showed me my address he had gotten from my tag(they have computers). i am sure it was a harmless thing, but i reported it to the warden, and filed it with doc so that if he tried anything. oh, a lot of the inmates are from ocala....lol...and you will run into them in walmart. you will see people you grew up with and people you know.
cypress creek juvenile offender program(citrus)-
its kids, what can i say? they will call the abuse hotline on you when you refuse to let them out of their cell so they can come to medical for a hang nail. serious talk. those little jokers are off the chain. its very scary when dcf and a uniformed officer comes in your face with why you didn't give little billybob another cough drop even tho he just had 6. the nurses there failed to evaluate a child and he died. it was before my time there, and the prison system taught me excellent triage skills, so i put them to good use there. http://www.caica.org/news%20deaths%20willie%20d%201.htm
...well thats my 2 cents, let me know if you need to know more, but i think thats enough reading for tonight.:typing