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why is the corrections facility hiring so much? - page 2

Hi I hae been reading the post about corrections nursing and I noticed people who wanted to work there got hired. I also noticed that there is almost always openings. Is that due to high turn over or... Read More

  1. Visit  hchristian profile page
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    High Turnover is a big issue at my unit. As a matter of fact, I am leaving corrections soon due to the environment. I work at a Maximum secrity prison in arkansas and I don't like it at all. The inmates treat you like pieces of meat and talk horrible to you...among other things. I'm going back to Long term care...
  2. Visit  bonesrn profile page
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    I am in NC and the prison is building brand new medical facilities. I think the work would be interesting and a challange! A lot fo RN's I talk to love it! The pay and benefits are great. As far as treating someone I know is a child molester, or murderer? We treat them at the large university hospitals now, and I can't not treat them just because I don't like them or what they do. Unfortunately, with the closing of many inpatient and outpatient psych facilities and resources, we are seeing more and more patients in the acute care setting who have the same issues as those who are locked up. It's sad.

    If anyone is currently working or considering working in the Central Prison system in Raleigh, NC, I'd love to talk to you!
  3. Visit  Nurseynurse2011 profile page
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    Quote from bonesrn
    I am in NC and the prison is building brand new medical facilities. I think the work would be interesting and a challange! A lot fo RN's I talk to love it! The pay and benefits are great. As far as treating someone I know is a child molester, or murderer? We treat them at the large university hospitals now, and I can't not treat them just because I don't like them or what they do. Unfortunately, with the closing of many inpatient and outpatient psych facilities and resources, we are seeing more and more patients in the acute care setting who have the same issues as those who are locked up. It's sad.

    If anyone is currently working or considering working in the Central Prison system in Raleigh, NC, I'd love to talk to you!
    Hey bonesrn,

    I am considering workin at the women's prison in Raleigh as a new grad. I applied to central prison but only the women's prison has contacted me so far. Do you know if it's a good place to work?
  4. Visit  andreopolys profile page
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    Hi, I will be graduating soon from nursing school, and I am very interested in working as a correctional facility RN. Can anyone provide information about the the best state facilities to work in California? Thank you.
    Last edit by andreopolys on Apr 27, '13
  5. Visit  AZ_LPN_8_26_13 profile page
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    Quote from luckie
    Thanks Everyone! Interesting post. I still cant understand why more people dont want to go to the prison.

    BTW I did not get the job Feel like Im the only one who is banging on the prison doors to get in lol
    As a new LPN grad I've applied to a couple of corrections openings. I do have a background in security and training in PCI as well. No callbacks yet So I suppose for me corrections isn't going to be any easier to get into than anywhere else. I am entirely open to working in a correctional facility, if I am asked to sign on......
  6. Visit  Orca profile page
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    I am a DON for the Department of Corrections in a western state. We don't have a lot of turnover. Two of the last three vacancies that have occurred on my staff have been due to LPNs completing an RN program and advancing. They took RN jobs within the DOC, but at another facility. I have not had an RN opening in quite some time, and the last one was due to a retirement.
  7. Visit  AZ_LPN_8_26_13 profile page
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    Quote from Orca
    I am a DON for the Department of Corrections in a western state. We don't have a lot of turnover. Two of the last three vacancies that have occurred on my staff have been due to LPNs completing an RN program and advancing. They took RN jobs within the DOC, but at another facility. I have not had an RN opening in quite some time, and the last one was due to a retirement.
    I am in Arizona, and I don't think there's a lot of turnover here either - I really don't see too many new openings, not anymore than anyone else really. Corrections facilities here in AZ are actually run by private corrections companies, so you would not be working for the state or the county, like you would be in many other states. It's all privatized here. I don't know if that's a good deal or a bad deal for nurses or not. You have to apply to the companies who have the contracts for running the prisons/jails, which I have done.
  8. Visit  OrganizedChaos profile page
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    I just started at a detention center in Texas. All the people there are fairly new. The oldest person there has been there for 2 years. Even the HSA is new & we don't have a DON right now. It is really stressful right now because we're so short staffed & everyone is working in overtime. Plus there is SO much paperwork. I have never seen so much paperwork before in my life, it's ridiculous. I wish they did it on the computer so it would cut down on the redundant-ness. I really hope I get into the nursing program so I get out of there. It's crazy! I've worked in corrections before but it was NOTHING like it is where I work now. Oh I had one full week of "orientation" (I barely had orientation because the woman training me was super busy & barely had time to do so) last week & will only be at work Wednesday & Thursday due to my schedule then I'm on my own. Yeah, great. :-/
  9. Visit  AZ_LPN_8_26_13 profile page
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    Quote from itzvalerie
    I just started at a detention center in Texas. All the people there are fairly new. The oldest person there has been there for 2 years. Even the HSA is new & we don't have a DON right now. It is really stressful right now because we're so short staffed & everyone is working in overtime. Plus there is SO much paperwork. I have never seen so much paperwork before in my life, it's ridiculous. I wish they did it on the computer so it would cut down on the redundant-ness. I really hope I get into the nursing program so I get out of there. It's crazy! I've worked in corrections before but it was NOTHING like it is where I work now. Oh I had one full week of "orientation" (I barely had orientation because the woman training me was super busy & barely had time to do so) last week & will only be at work Wednesday & Thursday due to my schedule then I'm on my own. Yeah, great. :-/
    You have a nursing job though. I would love nothing more than to be stressed out over an LPN job, even in a correctional facility. The job I have now is plenty stressful, with lots of hard work and little time to do it in, but it doesn't pay anywhere near what a nurse of any type makes
  10. Visit  OrganizedChaos profile page
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    Well I commented because they OP asked why there was so much turn over. That is my reason. It's super stressful because there are just a handful of people working during days. Two nurses, 2-3 MAs & on nights it's worse. 1 nurse & sometimes 1 MA. I wish & hope we get fully staffed soon! Even though we work 12s there is not enough time to do everything.
  11. Visit  sshunter profile page
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    Hello ma'am/sir,

    I recently just applied to the Central Prison in Raleigh. Do you still work there?
  12. Visit  Chisca profile page
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    Because the United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world? 4.4 % of the worlds population but we have 22 % of the worlds prisoners.

    Comparison of United States incarceration rate with other countries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  13. Visit  CryssyD profile page
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    Old thread, but if anyone is curious, one of the reasons corrections facilities are always hiring is, in fact, turnover--not everyone is cut out for that kind of setting.

    If you can think of offenders as people first, patients second, and prisoners third; if you enjoy variety, hate being bored, and like to be challenged in numerous ways--some of which you had never thought of; if you have confidence in your abilities, are unafraid to say no when the situation demands it, are willing to admit when you are wrong and/or have made a mistake, have a relatively thick skin and excellent (especially slightly wacky) sense of humor--and can follow security rules without exception--then corrections is for you!

    If you're easily intimidated, embarrassed, or offended, or get angered by difficult personalities, or if you are unable to be respectful of others (no matter who they are or what they've done) or follow through when you make a promise or commitment, then you cannot work in a jail or prison. Too many people, I think, believe nursing in a correctional setting is just like nursing anywhere--it is, but it isn't. If everyone understood the challenges before they started, turnover would be less of a problem. I think it's easiest to say, If what you hear in orientation frightens you (not interests, informs, or challenges you, but scares you), give it up. After years of riding and training horses, I can tell you that what they say is true--horses can sense fear and uncertainty and will usually exploit it ruthlessly: so will prisoners.
    Last edit by CryssyD on Aug 6

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