I have been a Hemodialysis nurse (RN) for several years and I'm looking to do something different. I just applied to work at a local prison that is owed by GEO Group in North Florida. I just want to find out there pay scale, benifets, etc. Most importantly I want to know how they treat their employees. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Jun 20, '07
I worked for them but wouldn't do it again. The pay was extremely low compared to anything else in my area. I also didn't feel very safe there, mostly because they only paid their CO's $9 an hour and, because of that, they were always short staffed so ... they were always trying to pull my CO from medical. It was a constant battle to keep your medical officer.
Plus, their CO's weren't peace officers so they had no pepper spray or batons ... only radios to call for help and some of the staff did suffer serious injuries because of it. There was only one peace officer with weapons to cover 600 inmates. And, because the GEO staff was paid so low ... a third or more of them were compromised by inmates. At least one staffer was walked off the property every week.
Everything ... and I mean everything ... was sacrificed for profit, including safety. I only worked there to get experience for a better job and, thankfully, only worked there for a short time but, I would never do it again.
Jun 2, '10
Would like to pick this thread up again. DO NOT bother applying at GEO in Arcadia, FL. BAD PEOPLE and a WORSE working envioronment. Stay away!
Aug 29, '10
Yep, do not work for Geo Group and certainly do not go to the facility in Arcadia, FL. Very unsafe and if you don't kiss ass forget about working there!!!
May 19, '11
The GEO Group is advertising up here in Queens, NY for nurses. With the type of IM we get in Queens, they had better get their s*** together!
May 19, '11
Stay away from them. Bad people.
Jul 11, '11
This company will make you wish you never became a nurse, much less working in corrections.
Jul 20, '11
Regarding GEO Arcadia FL: I notice they are looking for a utilization nurse recently and of course, the usual openings for full and prn RNs and LPNs. Anybody working there now who is on this forum? If so, could you let me know how its going down there? (Even though I have a good idea!!!)
Jul 30, '11
They were sued by I/M family in OK and lost. Jury awarded family 6.5M. Cellie killed I/M and officers didn't know for 2 days. The Celliie asked the officer to do something cuz his body was starting to stink. Crazy but true story.
Aug 2, '11
Wow! This is why forums like this are so important. That is very good information. I have wondered about them, have seen many ads. Now I know why!
Aug 3, '11
I see in the past few days GEO Arcadia looking for a nurse manager too. Things must really be jumping there lately!
Anyone know any recent news on the place?
Mar 27, '12
Seems like I can't add a new topic. But GEO Arcadia is once again advertising for nurses. So how many NM's they been through lately? What a joke!
Apr 9, '12
Sheri257's response should be required reading for anyone in state or county government who believes that privatization is the solution to their money problems.
I currently work in a state facility that was originally built and operated by one of the largest private prison firms in the country. It was run so badly that the state finally took it over about seven years ago. Incredibly, privatization reared its head again during the last legislative session. The only way that a private company can do what we do for less is to understaff, underpay and deny services - none of which are good options. The state retains legal liability even though they have handed off the day-to-day operations, and they have relinquished direct control. The state can only complain to the corporate office and hope that they do the right thing.
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