Prison job for female RN - page 2

I got an interview offer for a prison RN job. My family is so angry with me thinking of taking that job. I thought I'd be with a guard all the time (depends on the prison, I know) and I really need to learn to be extra... Read More

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    I've done correctional nursing; I was also a probation officer before I became an RN. The aspect I enjoyed the most was patient teaching. Some of these men (I worked at a men's facility) knew nothing about their health and did really benefit from the educational piece.

    I was never treated with disrepect except by the correctional officers. The inmates were fine. Maybe it is because I am older...I did see more gaming with the younger women.
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    Quote from semicolonergic
    I work at a county jail and love it. You have to be VERY secure with yourself in terms of being a female and not letting jabs about "ugly", "fat", etc bother you....because they will throw anything out. I agree with a PP, the officers are usually worse than inmates. If you set a standard from the beginning that you refuse to be alone with an inmate and follow through, you should be fine. I get lazy officers all the time who are too busy to stick with me and you just have to move up the ranks to Sgt or Lt to get your job done. You're not there to make friends, that's for sure. It helps if you're married and happy in your marriage because you're not even thinking about meeting men at work. Corrections nursing can be the best career, but it's definitely not for everyone. Inmates and addicts are the most manipulative types of people on the planet. They will scheme to get a blank sheet of paper or a tube of A&D ointment or a bandaid. They're terribly creative and have nothing better to do with their time thnotan to come up with new schemes for getting what they want. You have to be firm. My standard response is "Nope, I like my job and wanna keep it....I'm not allowed to give you X, Y, or Z"
    You made me laugh about manipulating to get a piece of paper Don't EVEN get me started on the A and D ointment. I flat out tell them to buy their masturbating lotion at commissary. A and D is not in any of our protocols. The other day we had an inmate scd. for sick call and he signed off and I looked through the EPHR and saw that he was submitting sick calls frequently and then signing off. Talked to the officer and found out that he was doing it to get a pass for medical so he could skip work and still get his good time credit and not get a ticket . I think I will have a little fun with that one the next time he comes up Yes, many are master-manipulators and the drama..... and the seg. inmates.....
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    Quote from luckystarRN
    I got an interview offer for a prison RN job. My family is so angry with me thinking of taking that job. I thought I'd be with a guard all the time (depends on the prison, I know) and I really need to learn to be extra careful. During my public health rotation, I conducted in-home visits to released inmates and I did have quite a few inmates in my ER rotation. So, I know their manipulative behaviors. I'm a young female, very small. What are your thoughts?
    As in the other "home health for female RN" thread ... apparently your consideration of jobs is viewed through the lens of 1. your family and 2. your sense of being female and physically small.

    Good luck to you.
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    Most people on this post are talking about a friend or friend of a friend. I have worked in Maximum security prisons. The C/O's (do NOT call them guards) will either bring the patients or they will show up with their little piece of paper that is their sick call notice and wait in a waiting area to be seen. Where I worked, they are patted down before they enter the clinic itself, and they are seen either in a cubicle (during clinic) or in the treatment room for things like lacerations or bigger stuff that needs a procedure. Sometimes the C/O is in there, sometimes they are not, but they are within very easy reach outside the door. The inmates are usually very respectful, and you actually don't want the C/O in there when you are treating. Who likes someone breathing down their neck all the time? I never had a problem. All the bad boys are brought in in full leg irons and handcuffs and you WILL have the C/O in the room with you then, and maybe more than one. It depends on the situation. This whole topic has been written about in previous threads many, many, many times. Please research the previous postings! You should be just fine, regardless of your stature, etc. Now if the facility has a poor safety record and is not staffed well with C/O's, or is a private firm and not state or county or federal, then that may be a different story. Good luck! Most nurses who have worked in ER's will tell you that a prison is safer than almost ANY ER out in the "world" on any given day.

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