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by lumbarpain

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I have been a LTC Charge nurse for 18 years. I want to change my career. Is this a position for a 55 year old RN. What qualifications are they primarily looking for. I am hesitant on going into this. Suggestions?... Read More


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    Quote from katkonk
    Just wondering....Don't you guys have to go out on emergency response to the cell or wherever they are? At the state prisons I have worked at prn, the nurses were the ones that had to grab the stretcher, lift the patient onto the stretcher, and push/pull the stretcher back to the clinic. From the comments above, I am getting that that is not the way it is everywhere. I found the rushing to get to the injured/ill inmate very taxing since I have asthma, and the lifting, well, very few officers would lift a finger to help us.
    At my facility the nurses do respond to emergencies and stabilize the patient while waiting for the EMTs to arrive. We are not doing the stretcher, etc because the EMTs do that. Of course we are expected to be able to lift a certain amount to get the job though. Also, we have to be able to run and respond to the emergencies so gotta be able to get up and go!!
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    Yes, we do respond to emergencies wherever the inmate is.
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    "At my facility the nurses do respond to emergencies and stabilize the patient while waiting for the EMTs to arrive. We are not doing the stretcher, etc because the EMTs do that. Of course we are expected to be able to lift a certain amount to get the job though. Also, we have to be able to run and respond to the emergencies so gotta be able to get up and go!!"

    Chulada, when you say EMT's, do you mean EMT's that you called from outside EMS service, or EMT's that work onsite at the prison? We do not have EMT's at the prisons here, only RN's, LVN's, and pill techs. We have to take the stretcher to get them back to the clinic. Everything comes back to the clinic/ER room, even doing chest compressions. We don't have EMT's meet us anywhere except the clinic. Also, wondering what state you are in, just for reference. Interested to hear how others do things.


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