I am an LPN in the state of TN, and I have 15+ years of nursing experience. I am very interested in corrections nursing. I have always been very intrigued by the criminal justice system, and am the daughter of a cop, and the wife of a corrections officer. At one time, in my younger days, I actually wanted to be a cop, but realize that I'm too big of a weenie for that job.
However, I am starting to look for something in corrections. My best friend is an LPN at a state prison and loves his job. There are no prisons close to where I live (closest is probably a little under 100 miles away), but there are several county jails in reasonable driving distance.
My hubby is leery of me doing so, as he says I am too tender-hearted for the job. But I've been verbally abused in hospitals and doctors' offices by patients before, so I don't see me running crying from the room. I'm 42 years old and not some schoolgirl to be bullied. I've also worked with abused women and been their court advocate, so I've had to stand up to woman-beaters before and stand physically between them and their victim in court. I've had to tell more than one to get out of my face and go sit down and leave her alone. I'm 6' tall and very not skinny. I think I'd be fine.
I'm registered for two classes...Intro to Criminology and Intro to Criminal Justice...at a local community college for Spring semester. I thought it would look good of a resume, plus give me some foundation.
Thoughts or ideas? Advice?