Hi fellow nurses, I graduated in May 2011 and attained RN license in June. I in Dallas TX and have to relocate due to extremely saturated market. I have a prospective position as an RN at a corrections facility that starts out, even new grads. at 30/hr. I will be waiting for the background-security clearance to go through for at least five more weeks. My dilemma is, I also have some hospitals calling and wanting to interview me via phone. Let us say that I am offered a position at one of these hospitals within one or two weeks from now, yet the corrections job is still involved in background clearance. What am I to do. Do I wait for the corrections job and take a gamble on not being offered the position, and decline the hospital/bedside position? Or, if a hospital offers me a position before the background clearance is completed at correctional facility, do I take hospital job and forget about corrections? I am almost 40 and I really love the psychiatric aspect of correctional nursing. I would love to eventually go into psychiatric nursing and research. Not only that, but bedside nursing /hospital nursing here in TX would start out at around 21-25/hr. and correctional facility starts at 30. If I were much younger I would say that I should start at the bedside, and then after a few years go into corrections and psychiatry, but I need to keep in mind that I need to make smart career decisions right now. I need feed back and input from you guys! I really appreciate any feedback
Oct 9, '11
Do you know if the correctional facility you are considering does much psych? There seems to be a common misconception among some that correctional nurses primarily do psych. I remember being told don't go into corrections unless you like psych. I think this misconception stems from many nurses not knowing what it is that we actually do.
Many prison systems have scores/classifications for inmates' psychiatric acuity and tend to funnel inmates with psychiatric disorders to certain facilities in their system where they concentrate resources and staff with that expertise. For example, the facility I work at does not accept inmates who have psych needs - not even someone who has been on an SSRI recently. They are sent to other facilities. I really don't deal with psych much. Most of my "psych" is saying "no."
Sometimes when I meet nurses who work in hospitals, they seem to assume I do a lot of psych since I work in a prison, and I just don't. They do more psych in a hospital because they work with so many patients with multiple conditions/medications.
Have you discussed the psych acuity at this particular facility?
Last edit by Multicollinearity on Oct 9, '11