Sick of being a nurse in the Prison - page 2

by goldensfo

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I've been working in the Federal prison for 4 months now. I had OK days. But most days I feel that I'm not appreciated. Inmates think they are in hotel instead of prison. They demand too much! they want this, want that (right... Read More


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    There are some great replies here.

    I'm with the majority- I really like corrections. I know it sounds silly, but I feel like I make a difference on most days... even if they are criminals.

    Sometimes we are the only advocates in the world these men have. Everyone has a right to healthcare, period.

    They seem much more appreciative of healthcare than the general public when I worked critical care.
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    Quote from goldensfo
    I've been working in the Federal prison for 4 months now. I had OK days. But most days I feel that I'm not appreciated. Inmates think they are in hotel instead of prison. They demand too much! they want this, want that (right now!!) sometimes i just want to quit my job. some of them are really not respectful at all. i don't know why i entered this field. If I work in a hospital, at least patients will thank me for what i do...
    some IM treats us as if we are they private nurses. they are not only manipulative but very demanding. some of them dont even know how to say thank you for checking them out each time they tell COs that they dont feel good even if they were faking!
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    I have worked in the prison system and in hospitals and what I have found is that in all environments you are going to find manipulative, self serving people. Probably more in prison than in the general population. However, I have to say that when I worked in the prison, I was thanked multiple times a day and now in the hospital the same is true. I try to communicate in a positive way and I try to help people, explain things and offer as much information as I can. Sometimes I do have to take people to task, but I try to do it in such a way so that we both come out as winners in the end. They get their problem solved and are not angry and I can feel good about the problem solving I did. I do get frustrated. I do get tired, especially when I have to explain things over and over. But you just have to keep your head up. Because no matter where you work you have to deal with people. And that is where the problem begins.
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    It's always discouraging when you hear that the inmates have more rights than we do. BUT I stand firm in that we, as nurses, are PATIENT advocates, NOT family advocates. In correctional medicine, you will still have to deal with a certain number of family members that will call, but it is so much better than having Mr. Smith telling you that you are not taking care of "Mama" right.

    Where else can you tell a non-compliant patient to "stick this up your a$$" and get away with it? (yes, I am referring to a suppository, so those PC folks don't get upset)

    You can keep the hospital and all the JCAHO that goes with it ...
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    I have worked in federal, state, jail, etc... I have to agree that the attitude you get from the federal BOP inmates is a lot worse than general inmates. Many feel they are entitled to EVERYTHING and unfortunately the US govt gives them tons more than state or local inmates - thus the feeling like they are staying at a luxury hotel.

    You may want to try a different level of inmate. In all of my environments I have always called the inmates "MR" or "MRS" and treated them fair and consistent and they have been much more appreciative than when my coworkers treated them as "inmates". Sounds strange - but will work 9 out of 10 times (if not more).
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    Quote from wtxcchp
    You may want to try a different level of inmate. In all of my environments I have always called the inmates "MR" or "MRS" and treated them fair and consistent and they have been much more appreciative than when my coworkers treated them as "inmates". Sounds strange - but will work 9 out of 10 times (if not more).
    Exactly! Regardless ... they are "our patients" and the "officers' inmates".
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    Hello,

    My worst week in the Federal System is still better then the hospital,

    We still have bad management who brings over some one who is not sick, and they forget the really sick ones. Staff is still my worst issue. Plus the young not sick inmates who are sure that they should get everything.

    Bad week at work for me. Medical kept wanting to give every inmate something. giving out back braces, arch supports, and tons of benadryl. I could not get a thing done for some that need to be transferred to a higher level of care. But the loudest inmate gets help and the rest do not.

    How is the state system
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    at the hospital i get stressed out with the workload and at the jail i get stressed with the inmates!
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    Maybe Im nieve but I feel correctional nursing is not a field that you do get a whole lot of appreciation.However, I didnt become a nurse for verbal gratification. As long as I know I made a diffrence and give the best care I can . Thats all that matters to me. Maybe thats why I love it soo much
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    I was a Health Care Manager in the correctional system for a number of years and I can tell you the medical staff were compentant and really wanted to perform their job. The offenders were grateful for the medical services provided. There were some offenders who would grieve the health care but as a whole they were few and far from the numbers we see on a daily basis.

    I currently work in LTC and our residents and families expect us to perform way above what hospitals and correctional nursing services offer. We go the extra mile, we try to assist the residents with very little resources and they can grieve as well and let me tell you they do. Human beings are human beings, it does not matter where they are located when it comes to receiving health care it is on an individual basis and so very personal you may or may not ever receive a thank you. Just remember why you wanted to be a nurse and do your best, don't ever become stagnant and you should excell anywhere you are employed.
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