I got an interview with a CA State Prison next week. I am a new grad with only an ICU residency under my belt. Everyone I talk to is telling me that if I do well and take the job it will hurt my chances in the future with getting a job in an acute care setting. Also, there aren't prison jobs like there are hospital jobs, which statistically makes it harder for me to have options after holding a prison job. The job opportunity at this CA prison is a limited term (12 months); because of the hiring freeze right now they are not able to offer permanent positions.
I eventually would like to see myself in the emergency department. I enjoy trauma nursing, have thoroughly enjoyed my TNCC/ENPC. As a new graduate, would taking a job in corrections as my first job make me obsolete to employers
in an acute care setting, particularly the ED?
I hope this doesn't come off as ignorant, but I truly don't know how the general profession perceives correctional nursing. I have heard of employers passing off correctional nursing experience as non-acute, and therefore, not applicable.
From what I understand, however, correctional nursing requires excellent assessment skills, and triage skills (with the occasional trauma/drug OD event). I don't see how ED employers could not value that.