Pay for Correctional nurses? - page 2

I'm just curious as to the salary for correctional nurses? I"m a new grad, and have an interview scheduled with a correctional facility in gatesville texas. they do 12 hr shifts from 445am-515pm... Read More

  1. by   Promin
    26.50 in California?


    Where did you work and how many year of experience do you have?
  2. by   ibnathan
    I worked in one of the local hospitals in Bakersfield CA. It's funny in Kern County (Bakersfield is largest city in Kern County) we have the greatest shortage of nurses in Cali. ,but we are the lowest paid in the state. Our cost of living isn't as high as other parts of Cali but it is getting close to southern cal. One of the reasons why I left ICU was because I felt that out licenses were on the line to much. I loved it but the hospital would not back its nurses. So my friend who started in the ICU with me went to the CDCR he loved it and told me to come out and take a look at it. Since the CDCR raised there wages condsiderably there is a 3000+ waiting list.
  3. by   aloevera
    I wish I hadn't have read these posts, now I am depressed.......

    I am in the South, have been a RN for 22 yrs. + and make 22/hr at a psychiatric hospital....

    I wish there was a prison around here !!! I do know that cost of living is lower here than on the West Coast, but still, your salaries are fantastic !!!!!!
  4. by   Promin
    Quote from ibnathan
    I worked in one of the local hospitals in Bakersfield CA. It's funny in Kern County (Bakersfield is largest city in Kern County) we have the greatest shortage of nurses in Cali. ,but we are the lowest paid in the state. Our cost of living isn't as high as other parts of Cali but it is getting close to southern cal. One of the reasons why I left ICU was because I felt that out licenses were on the line to much. I loved it but the hospital would not back its nurses. So my friend who started in the ICU with me went to the CDCR he loved it and told me to come out and take a look at it. Since the CDCR raised there wages condsiderably there is a 3000+ waiting list.
    I live in Central Valley. I don't think that cost of living here is higher then in Bakersfield. New grads here make $34+/hr.
  5. by   Promin
    Quote from aloevera
    I wish I hadn't have read these posts, now I am depressed.......

    I am in the South, have been a RN for 22 yrs. + and make 22/hr at a psychiatric hospital....

    I wish there was a prison around here !!! I do know that cost of living is lower here than on the West Coast, but still, your salaries are fantastic !!!!!!
    With so much experience you can make 50+/hr in many states.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    At a prison locally - $10,400 a month.


    steph
  7. by   ibnathan
    Sweet 10+K a month. We start at 7285 and top out around 8400 a month.
  8. by   coontlh0
    I work for a Ca. Inst. and the starting pay for RN's is 7045 a month. The pay increases every year until the 5th year. We have pretty benefits too. Not all California Inst. are the same pay scale some are even more. There is never a lack for overtime so I usually range almost 10,000 a month. Beat's the pay in the ICU and less stress.
    Last edit by coontlh0 on Apr 28, '08
  9. by   cooked123
    I am in Ohio, and currently the state system allows for private agencies to pay us 35.00/h at the adult penitentiary and juvenile facilities.


    What are the median agency pay rates at Folsom? I am ging in on a travel assignmeny in October and need to know my negotiating stance...thank you all fellow nurses!!
  10. by   celticwoman61
    Your response will read similar to mine. I am a 20 year LPN, who was a police officer in a former life. I too never saw myself working for a male juvenile detention facility. I have been here 2 years now and would really like to retire from here; we are state run. As with all state positions, the wages are lower than private industry. It USED to be the benies were always better with state facilties, but I see that rapidly changing. I am VERY low paid at $14/hr. We are ALWAYS
  11. by   celticwoman61
    Your response will read similar to mine. I am a 20 year LPN, who was a police officer in a former life. I too never saw myself working for a male juvenile detention facility. I have been here 2 years now and would really like to retire from here; we are state run. As with all state positions, the wages are lower than private industry. It USED to be the benies were always better with state facilties, but I see that rapidly changing. I am VERY low paid at $14/hr. We are ALWAYS short staffed (we should be 4 nurses and are 3), we work 40 hrs. in 3 consectutive days (yup, that's 13.5 hr shifts from 0630 to 2000), we work alone. Working with juveniles that have horrible backgrounds can be heartbreaking and the urge to Mother them is constant. Luckily, our supervisor wants us to be "the nice guys" and show them alot of compassion (I'm a nurse for gosh sakes!). Having my law enforcement background helps me alot with security issues. In corrections, there is always the chance of physical danger/injury and you are S.O.L. if there is a hostage situation. All in all though, I do love my job here more than all the other nursing jobs I have done over the years.:typing
  12. by   NickiLaughs
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    At a prison locally - $10,400 a month.


    steph
    Where on earth do you make that?
  13. by   dragonflyaltoids
    Congratulations on graduating from nursing school! And welcome to the nursing world! Corrections does pay considerably more than area hospitals, however in my own opinion as a nurse in a Corrections facility, I would highly recommend that you get some experience in a hospital first. I say this because you need good assessment skills, and some of the presentations you get from inmates can be very misleading.
    For instance in the prison setting you will be obligated to doing "sick call" where inmates come in for a complaint, say dizziness, and you decide whether or not the inmate needs referral to the physican.
    In the facility where I work we have a lot of new grads working and unfortuately for the inmates, their illnesses were regarded as non-emergent and didn't get physican referrals.
    One inmate came in for dizziness and it was disregarded by 2 nurses before I saw her. She had a whopping heart murmur and after seeing the doctor was transferred out for cardiac issues.
    Another inmate came in 6 times over 4 months, for a cough with frothy sputum and black specks. She has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.
    Its been my experience (no offense to you) that Correctional facilities are Desperate to get their needs filled, at the price of inmate health. I was oriented for 1 week, and left on my own to figure things out, and that can be scary! I was promised that I would go to the evening shift for 6 months before I finally gave notice and am working prn. It wasn't so much that the inmates are the problem but the nurses there have been there forever, and dislike all newcomers. I had a lpn threaten to have me fired because an inmate with a glucose of 5o got an ice cream sandwich from the captain, in an effort to keep him from having to send 2 CO's with her to the hospital for further treatment (if she would eat we didn't have to send her) Nevermind that I wasn't the one who gave her the ice cream, or permission for her to eat it! I was bullied, threatened and pretty much treated like I was an idiot. I have 4 years of emergency nursing and it was new mindset from where I came from.
    We're taught in the ER that every complaint is valid until tests prove otherwise. At the prison, it was the exact opposite, they are treated like every complaint is a lie! I had some unpleasant times, and left many days in tears vowing to never go back.
    For your sake I hope you have a better experience, a strong will, and faith in yourself. Good Luck to you!

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