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 (whewwwwwwwww that's an early morning and a really long day! lol) i understand some of the duties, but i didnt want to ask about pay so i wondered what range of pay you all make? if you are willing to say...thanks for the input! :angel2:
Wow...in my opinion, those are bad hours...I can see working 7p to 7a or 7a to 7p, but 4a to 5p...sounds exhausting. In terms of pay...you are going for an interview so don't be afraid to discuss salary...and be honest about what you feel you should make....Corrections, USUALLY pays more than nursing homes and hositals, but not in all areas.
Who is currently running the medical department? Because if it's a private contractor they can be outbid and you could find yourself in the hands of a new company that dosen't want to give you a raise. I have worked corrections for a little over a year...and the prison I work for has changed hands 2 times. Some of the nurses haven't gotten a raise in over two years. The prison I work for is being run by two groups the State of Florida and MHS...and from what I understand the later will be pulling out this year. Which only leaves the State of Florida that means that salaries will decrease...and nurses are going to walk.
The good thing about working corrections is the pace, on most days or nights it can be a lot slower than that of a hospital or nursing home. However, if you have no experience in those areas then I would strongly suggest getting some before working in correctional nursing, because a correctional nurse needs strong assessment skills. Currently, I make $20.50 an hour...I am due for raise...and I am looking for another job because I only want the prison as extra income at this time, because I'm going back to school this year.
Working with men is easier than working with women...I would suggest that you do your homework because although, this can be a rewarding area of nursing it is not for everyone.
Last edit by ex1140 on Mar 5, '07
I work in Ely, NV and make a little over $33/hr. We are very remote so the state has maxed out the pay scale in an effort to get and keep nurses who don't mind being 200 miles away from the nearest Wal-mart. The raises we get are mandated by the legislature (6% in the last 2 years). I feel better about the quality of care I'm able to provide in the prison setting as compared to my high stress shifts in acute care with chronic short staffing and several high acuity patients. Correctional nursing isn't for everyone though and the only way to really know if you're suited to it is to try it. A good sense of humor is a big plus. I never planned to work in a prison...it just sort of happened and I'm so glad I found it. It's interesting, challenging and never routine. I've been a correctional nurse for almost 12 years in 2 states and I love it. I hope you do too. Good luck.
Last edit by High Wall U - RN on Mar 17, '07
: Reason: clarification