Sick of being a nurse in the Prison - page 3

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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    I am also a nurse in the federal system and you are SOOOOOOOOOO wrong if you are under the mis-perception that the patient in the hospital environment will "Appreciate" what you do for them. That is not gonna happen. They are more demanding and unappreciative than the inmate population I have been in contact with.
    Right on the nose. One major difference is if an inmate is being nasty to you, you can end the interaction and send him/her away without treatment. In a hospital you are expected to placate anyone who gets angry and cater to them because they are a "customer". I don't know about you, but the last thing I feel like doing is coddling someone who has been cursing and insulting me for the past half hour. I even once had a doctor ask me to apologize to an angry family even though we both knew that nothing was done wrong, just to get them to shut up and go away. No way do I want that again.

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    WHY don't u give me your job. I don't have One please keep your job .jOB ARE HARD TO FIND..I Have been looking for 4 mo as new nurse lpn. but have not got one call .. what do i have to do help.....
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    I've been called nasty names, kicked, and accused of all sorts of a hospital setting. Also, hospital management expects you to increase your nurse/pt ratio and make sure the "customer satisfaction" ratings increase at the same time without a tech. I expect nasty comments in the correctional setting so my mental state has a coat of armor whereas at the hospital my armor isn't as think but the pts are no different.
    I'll take corrections any nurses are ill-treated by their patients all the time.
    Aviationurse and Two Sheds like this.
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    The problem with this type of work (although needed and noble) is that the "person" you are dealing with in many cases never learned to respect others, which is one of the reasons they are there in the first place. Many of the cases are really sad and many of the inmates come from really bad family or home environments which is no excuse, just some of the reason. It's very difficult work, but anyone who is involved, must not take it personally because they can't control their actions a lot of the time and they don't think the same as you in many cases. Also, I recognize that the compensation may not jive with the feelings on a daily basis.

    Good Luck.
    Last edit by Pixie.RN on Aug 12, '11 : Reason: TOS
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    I was really feeling depressed about the correctional nursing field. Not so much for the level of care that I give to the patients, but mostly because of the staff. I was questioning whether I was in the right place that God wants me to be in, but after reading some of these wonderful statements, I am really encouraged. I love nursing. I love to give care to someone that no one else would think to give care to, bringing hope to the hopeless, and seemingly forgotten. Yes it can be stressful, yes I sometimes get weary of fighting the officers to insure my patients get proper care, the doctors to insure they get the necessary treatment, the EMT's to insure they get swift transport to hospitals, but if we as nurses don't fight for them...who will? Thank you guys so much. You really don't know how much you have helped me.
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