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Correctional Nursing is a very hard job! It is normal to catch up on the local news correct? But how do you watch the news, listen to these heinous crimes, Murderers, Kidnappers, RAPE, Robbery, BABY KILLERS, CHILD ABUSERS, etc and then have them sit in front of you at your mercy for care?Apr 12, '12 by nurseejones
One of my main goals each night that I work as a Correctional nurse is personal safety. Unlike the traditional healthcare setting, there are many types of people you come in contact with. For instance, jails and prisons are full of angry people with poor impulse control. As the nurse, my demeanor will determine the outcome of each and every encounter when providing care. My first thought when in contact of an angry Inmate is how can I treat him/her and keep any additional anger from developing. Aggressive responses to an angry patient can be risky, and never a first choice. Aggressive responses are arrogant and make the patient feel insecure. Preventing anger from escalating to violence is a primary tool to increase personal safety in this setting.
Correctional Nursing is a very hard job! It is normal to catch up on the local news correct? But how do you watch the news, listen to these heinous crimes, Murderers, Kidnappers, RAPE, Robbery, BABY KILLERS, CHILD ABUSERS, etc and then have them sit in front of you at your mercy for care?
My night consists of cleaning their wounds... gunshot wounds, stab wounds, Medicating their pain, and providing continuous care. Several Inmates that come in are drug and alcohol users that I have to monitor for withdrawals. As the inmates come into the jail it saddens me to see the tears and fears on so many different faces, of all walks of life. And then its the Emergencies that you are called upon....having to SAVE THEIR LIVES? Meanwhile, in the mist of it all, I have to focus on the patient and try not to judge them! In my mind, "I remember this man, he is the one that killed his family, abused his child, raped that poor woman, robbed the elderly, shot that police officer! this is him!" meanwhile he is crying for Help!!! looking into MY eyes! and what do I do? I HELP.....every time! I pray and I help! Meanwhile asking GOD to HELP ME... help him!!!
If you get too involved its called FRATERNIZATION, and you will loose your job. If you are too HARD on the Inmates you are looked upon as being non sympathetic. The only way I get through my 12.5 hour nights it is the love of GOD...This one night I was placed in a position where I helped save a life! It was a very rewarding experience and I would do it again! To this day when I see this inmate, I can't remember his charges, I only remember seeing his eyes focused on my eyes while he was in distress. And the remembrance of his sincerity, thanking me after his return from the hospital. Everyday I walk into this correctional facility I pray and remind myself I AM NOT THE JUDGE! I LET GOD... AND LET GO of any feelings of his/her accused crime. Although my job is very mentally challenging, I do love my job as a correctional nurse. And I know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose..Last edit by Joe V on Apr 17, '12
nurseejones has been a member since Sep '09 - from 'Davidson, NC'. Posts: 3 Likes: 22Apr 13, '12 by FANCYLEXLPNWow, that's inspiring. I am to begin a working as a correctional nurse in a few weeks and was seeking some insight and words of advice, and this is surely reassuring. Thats exactly how I've been feeling prior to reading this just now.... how can I provide nurturing care to people who've wronged so many people in various ways? Rapists, killers, robbers, murderers, etc... And here I stumbled upon your post of your experience and I thank you for sharing. I agree that is important to do what is right without judging the inmates for what they've done. That's what God is for. He's the judge, and also the reason why we are nurses today! Thanks again for sharing your Correctional Nursing experience!!!Apr 17, '12 by swahilli1My God, what a wonderfully, inspiring testimony and story. It was well displayed and truly enlightening. I appreciate you and you time you took to share this. I am a student nurse who is on the wait list for the nursing program in my state and have been approached and suggested to continue my field upon graduation in corrections. I wanted to be an officer at one point in time but my passion has always been medicine. A doctor actually is what my choice has always been. Just too old for it now. I see now that my doubts and apprehensions have been clarified merely in the simple task of reading an article. I truly thank you for this. God bless you always! 2Apr 17, '12 by bookworm78910In school, I was required to visit a local medium-security prison for clinical experience. That experience has shaped who I am, how I look at people, and how I treat them while practicing nursing. This article was excellent, and reflected what my limited experience in that setting was. One of the additional challenges that I noticed was having to ascertain whether you were getting accurate subjective information to base your nursing diagnoses and treatments on, while dealing with men who make it a daily habit to lie to most people. For this reason, the corrections nurses I followed and worked with had OUTSTANDING assessment skills and were willing to share their techniques with students. I learned a lot from those two days.May 21, '12 by aicfanI am really burned out as correctional nurse and it's not the crimes of the inmates it is the MALINGERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1