Quote from kitamon
Min. wage? So freakin far from it... The guards, opps, "correctional officers" maybe, but they pay nurses better than anyone else.. at least around here.
True, but its a hand-in-hand affair.
I was a CO for 6 months, my Sgt. and I coming quickly to the same conclusion- I wasn't "enough of a sumbitch".
Here's some resource material:
Inside the Criminal Mind
, by Samenow. Kind of "counterculture" in that he believes in allocating personal responsibility for decisions, unlike the typical paradigm- its society's fault. It will help you recognize some manipulation models.
, by Ariely. Deals with economic psychology, but has profound application in decisional processes. Helps streamline thinking, when trying to determine why this individual is doing/wanting "X".
..., by Ripley. Goes well with the next suggestion. Primarily helps you learn to look at your environment with a "failure filter"- what can go wrong & how do I prepare.
The Survivors Club
, by Sherwood. Similar to above, with a web site as well.
Be vewwy, vewwwy careful wabbit. If inmates are being logged in at the clinic, but are somewhere else, somebody has sex, drugs & other fun going on somewhere; same with "disappeared" meds. CYA, be careful, & you might want to get to know your senior IA officer, outside of the workplace.
Regarding "quality care", don't take this the wrong way, but don't get too
wrapped up in that ideal. You can't & won't ensure quality care, given the population and the social model. You can
regulate deviance and abuse. IMs are going to self-medicate, lie, cheat, steal & sell their meds, whenever possible. Did I mention that they will lie, cheat and steal? Learn to play them
You don't have friends, inhouse, you have people with whom you may have mutually beneficial manipulative relationships. You have to learn which favor-seekers are the least harmful/dangerous. Preferrably, it will simply be one(s) who want to stay out of harms way, or get an extra/early cup of coffee, as a trustee in the clinic. Alwaysalwaysalways watch your trustees for sumggling, and do not let them make you compromise on any issue which remotely smells like something that could be taken to IA.
All that to say, if you can buy some gossip by talking sports with a guy, and seeing he gets his extra coffee, its worth it. One last warning- do not let them buy you a Coke/snack, or in any way offer/surrender anything that could be viewed as establishing a coercive or enticing relationship.