What's next after correctional nursing?

  1. Hello all,
    I recently became employed through a California state hospital, and plan to go back to school online and obtain my BSN (I currently have ADN).
    After I obtain my BSN, is there any doctorate or masters program where I would benefit from the experience of government nursing/correctional nursing?

    I guess my question is: What's next?
    I'm in my mid-20s, and still planning on continuing my education.
    Those of you with experience who have been doing this for a long time, where has correctional nursing or government nursing led you?
    What doors has it opened for you, compared to acute care, critical care, or bedside nursing? I know some graduate nursing programs require a certain number of med-surg experience, and I suppose that correctional nursing doesn't count in that regard.

    thank you for your time~
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Faeriewand
    I would like to follow this thread as I am new to correctional nursing, but I work in a hospital and we get patients from the various prisons in the region. I do plan to get a state correctional job in the future however.
  4. by   Tippyrn
    The only plus is state jobs have a good retirement package
  5. by   Elky
    I work for the Sheriffs Dept of my county, but Medical is employed through CFMG (California a Forensics Medical Group), so we aren't County or state workers, unfortunately.
    The pay and benefits are good though...no retirement, just 401k.

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