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  1. 0 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?
  2. Visit  lumbarpain profile page

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    lumbarpain has '17' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Geriatric/Sub acute/home care'. From 'Virginia'; Joined Mar '11; Posts: 313; Likes: 208.

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  3. Visit  2003rn profile page
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    I started in correctional nursing at the age of 49, I am now 54. I love it. I don't think you'd have any problems at all.
  4. Visit  lumbarpain profile page
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    Hi, I just wanted to know a little more about it too.....I would like to know a little more in detail what to expect. Is it very physical, lifting pushing, pulling......If you dont mind....thanks again. Lumbarpain
  5. Visit  9064 profile page
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    Very little lifting in my experience, unless you are on the 'code team'. Even then you can ask an officer to lift for you.

    One warning though: In my experience it is a very very negative environment. That's no just the inmates that my coworkers.

    Note that I work in a processing prison. If you work in prison that offers a higher level of care things may be different.

    Good luck.
  6. Visit  chulada77 profile page
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    Quote from moishababy
    Very little lifting in my experience, unless you are on the 'code team'. Even then you can ask an officer to lift for you.

    One warning though: In my experience it is a very very negative environment. That's no just the inmates that my coworkers.

    Note that I work in a processing prison. If you work in prison that offers a higher level of care things may be different.

    Good luck.
    I don't disagree that the prison/jails are "negative" environments but I've noticed that the negativity with burnt out nurses is EVERYWHERE. At least in the jail I have the mindset to expect the namecalling and comments. The hospital that I work at as a prn staff has the same amount of negativity as the prison, so I'll take the prison environment to the hospital setting any day of the week.........
    As for your age. Stay fit and ready to work in an environment that you have to show strong physical and mental health status at all times. An IM can spot weakness or changes in your behavior or health quicker than anyone!
  7. Visit  prisonnurse02 profile page
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    You would do absolutely fine in corrections. All in all, it's about the "easiest" nursing job I can think of. I'm sure this depends upon what type of facility you work in, but it's certainly less physicially strenuous than med/surg in a hospital or nursing home.
  8. Visit  lumbarpain profile page
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    thank you all for your help. I am facing a crossroads in my career and what to see what options are out there for my age. Its not an easy task. thanks again. lumbarpain
  9. Visit  Jessy_RN profile page
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    I worked correction part-time and enjoyed it very much. Not a walk in the park by all means but not as stressful as some hospital floors and I can imagine LTC.

    Believe it or not, the actual jail employees.....officers and up the rank were like teenage women. Catty and very gossipy. I just learned to look, listen, smile and keep my mouth shut.

    I met my hubby there. He still works there and since we are together they don't allow us to work at the same facility or else I would have kept PRNing at the very least.

    Good luck!!
  10. Visit  biker nurse profile page
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    I love it! I just left LTC after 17 years ( my whole career) for corrections , it has been 2 weeks and I'm loving it. I'm 43 and most of the nurses are older than me, one even came out of retirement , cause she missed it so much. I myself had 3 back surgeries and lifting is only an issue with a chart! lol However, my facility has guidelines and we only take a certian acuity. Good luck!!
  11. Visit  katkonk profile page
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    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.
  12. Visit  chulada77 profile page
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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!!
  13. Visit  prisonnurse02 profile page
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    Yes, we do respond to emergencies wherever the inmate is.
  14. Visit  katkonk profile page
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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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