Trying to get out of Correctional Nursing....

  1. 0 I graduated in May 2011 and it took me forever to get my current job living in Colorado. I started in January 2012 and can't wait to get out of prison! I am even moving out of state to Texas (DFW) in hopes of increasing my chances of getting a hospital job.

    My background is as above, over 3 years CNA experience in a hospital (about 3-6 months of that was home care), and a BSN. I would love to be a L&D or Mom&Baby nurse but I doubt I have any chance. So once I move to Texas which jobs should I be looking for? Just Med-Surg? And will getting my ACLS really help me or what?
  2. Visit  geekynurseRN profile page

    About geekynurseRN

    geekynurseRN has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Labor & Delivery'. From 'Missouri'; Joined Oct '10; Posts: 57; Likes: 14.

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  3. Visit  ChuckeRN profile page
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    What don't you like about CN?
  4. Visit  geekynurseRN profile page
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    Well first of all I hate the company and the boss. I was hired pat-time but work full-time hours and they refuse to give me benefits. My boss tried to get me to work by myself after only 4 hours of training. Again I wan't to be an OB or NICU nurse and working with men inmates is about as far as I can be from that. I also hate the security aspect of the job....I can't just go into a patient's room and do an assessment/pass meds/etc without having an officer available and wait on them to open the cell. I could go on and on but I just really want out.
  5. Visit  ChuckeRN profile page
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    I suppose corrections is as far from OB or NICU as possible. The part of corrections you hate is what I happen to love about corrections. What you see as a hindrance (aside from the boss and pay), I see as a positive that most nurses or people in general don't seem to understand. I've been in NICU (personally), but now that I'm a corrections nurse, I just can't see myself going into any other field besides ER.

    I completely understand, and I wish you the best of luck.
  6. Visit  veetach profile page
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    you must work for the same company that I work for!! where do you live in Colorado? I live in Colorado too, in our area you would still be considered a "new grad" but the hospitals are stepping up and providing great training opportunities to help new grads break into critical care areas.

    I went to CN after 17 years of Emergency room nursing, so I had to have ACLS and all of the rest of the alphabet soup to work in the ER. I think taking ACLS would should a good effort towards learning and it sure wouldn't hurt a bit.

    Have you applied for any OB jobs yet?
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  7. Visit  geekynurseRN profile page
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    I am in the North of Denver Area. I actually applied to 2 new grad OB positions recently and got a big fat NO.
  8. Visit  geekynurseRN profile page
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    Is there a certainly speciality I should be applying to? I mean to have a better chance of getting into a hospital? Like med-surg, or ER?
  9. Visit  240zRN profile page
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    Based on the research I have done. You would be well suited to apply to lower trauma level EDs, or an Urgent Care with the hopes of using that to transfer into the ED. Corrections, depending on where you work and what duties you find yourself doing, involves lots of autonomy and ability to triage with an emphasis on objective-based assessments--these are qualities that hold great water in an ED setting particularly.

    Also, some new grad programs might not honor your corrections experience as acute, making you eligible for them so long as they do not have specific requirements on graduation date.
  10. Visit  geekynurseRN profile page
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    Thank you I will certainly consider all of that.
  11. Visit  Kungfuzed profile page
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    All the NICU nurses I have met are in Hufflepuff. You may want to have a talk with the sorting hat. I heard that corrections nursing is a good way to get into psych. I'll be investigating that route as I have just accepted my first job at a prison. Wasn't my first pick, but the only job offer I have had since I graduated last year.
  12. Visit  NurseLeeny profile page
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    Have any of you thought about applying to correctional nursing in Ontario Canada? (registered nurse) They are desperate for them in Edmonton, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario is opening up a couple of new super jails, and the one I work at we're looking for 5 nurses. It's provincial (Ontario Gov't), the pay starts at $1315-$1517/wk. It's union...and it's strong...so no BS like I have read above...40hrs a week continental shift. two days off, two off, three on, two off, three off, two on, then repeats again...every 15weeks, you get 10 paid days off, as well as three weeks holidays.
    There is a strong mental health component to it as well. One of our largest provincial (like state) mental health institutions is right next door to us that has a large forensic unit and we work closely with them.
    Just an idea...
    Yours in nursing, Colleen
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  13. Visit  Brannray profile page
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    Quote from NurseLeeny
    Have any of you thought about applying to correctional nursing in Ontario Canada? (registered nurse) They are desperate for them in Edmonton, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario is opening up a couple of new super jails, and the one I work at we're looking for 5 nurses. It's provincial (Ontario Gov't), the pay starts at $1315-$1517/wk. It's union...and it's strong...so no BS like I have read above...40hrs a week continental shift. two days off, two off, three on, two off, three off, two on, then repeats again...every 15weeks, you get 10 paid days off, as well as three weeks holidays.
    There is a strong mental health component to it as well. One of our largest provincial (like state) mental health institutions is right next door to us that has a large forensic unit and we work closely with them.
    Just an idea...
    Yours in nursing, Colleen
    I'd love to do that once I get out or NS! With my MS I have to have good benefits!!
  14. Visit  jamie.glaze profile page
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    Just a heads up from a DFW new grad - many of us are giving up on being L&D/NICU nurses, me included. It was my dream to be a CNM, but the truth is the market here is so saturated that nurses are scrambling for whatever they can get. WIth 3 years experience though, you shold be able to get into Med/Surg easy a lot of hospitals here require ACLS, but some will give you up to 6 months to obtain it - I always say better safe than sorry. Parkland's nurse residency program allows experienced nurses to transition into new care areas, but you will be competing with new grads and we have a TON of nursing schools here, so those are in no short supply. Some places like HCA North Texas have stipend-paid training for L&D if you have a BSN and some experience, but there is no guarantee of a job after that. I think best shot honestly would be JPS, they hire nurses into OB triage with as little as 6 months acute care experience. I'm still unemployed, but am finally getting interviews now that I have passed my boards. Just didn't want you to think the market down here is all hunky-dory or anything. I am considering CN myself. I just applied with the Bureau of Prisons for the Women's facility here in FT. Worth, I figure it's somewhat women's health and maybe one day that experience will get me working towards my CNM. - you are welcome to PM me with any questions, I will try to help as much as I can - breaking into L&D is hard - we have to stick together

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