will i lose my licenses in corrections, jail, prison nursing?

  1. so a relative of mine had this to say about working in a jail, prison, corrections:

    do not work in a unit where you do not have access to the patient. meaning, if you cannot open their cell when a "man down" is called, good luck. the correctional officers are lazy as ****. they pull all sorts of "safety" associated reason(s) from their ***** to let people die. last week, there was a registry RN who was "walked off" because of this.

    speaking of registry; AND it's even easier, if you're a registry employee. these "state" RN workers have little regard for your licenses. registry RNs are scapegoats in this environment. let me discuss my daily duties.

    i am a registry RN that works psych in correctional facility. i have to chart q15 minute rounds for 30 patients. every time a prisoner commits suicide, an RN (registry) is "walked off". coincidentally, no state employed RN EVER rounds because litigation always seems to follow. i also have to assess every patient with a complaint. this ranges from "i have chest pain" to "i have a rash on my arm." all your state employed RNs are "too busy" consistently creating reports. throw in you having to therapeutically deescalate a suicide attempt daily (manipulation or genuine). you are ALWAYS short staffed fridays, saturdays, sundays, and mondays because state RNs are always calling off. when you voice your concerns, you WILL BE WALKED OFF. this happened to a coworker of mine.

    should i quit? i am registry. because i'm starting to see some of these situations play out.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   smllattnspn21
    That does not sound like a good place to work. In corrections you have to work as a team. Inmates have nothing better to do than to study us. They have all day to do this. If they sense a breakdown in the team they will use that to their advantage and Manipulate, riot, etc.
  4. by   Orca
    I am a DON in a western state, and this sounds nothing like my workplace. Assignments are carried out, and our officers are a great asset to our mission. The place that you describe sounds like a good place to get out of. Perhaps because of the work environment, they need registry nurses to fill in. My agency doesn't use them.
  5. by   wtpsych
    just the other day, my RN coworker was terminated because of her "differences" with one of the psychiatric techs there. this girl put in lots of effort in our unit and was always doing extra shifts to help it. we were all surprised when she was walked out. everybody seemed to have issues with this psych tech, but she was the only person who voiced her concerns. RN was registry and psych tech was state employed.

    i also have a friend in the lab and she told me her coworker was walked out for this reason.

    i'm looking for a new position. registry at a CDCR sucks.
  6. by   Medic/Nurse
    Run.

    I'd be out of there so fast folks seeing me leave might think there was a bomb in the building or it was on fire.

    Just kidding, nah I'm not.

    I like living in my house.

    Just not a good place to be, you are being given all the signs of impending badness.
  7. by   SobreRN
    Quote from wtpsych
    so a relative of mine had this to say about working in a jail, prison, corrections:

    do not work in a unit where you do not have access to the patient. meaning, if you cannot open their cell when a "man down" is called, good luck. the correctional officers are lazy as ****. they pull all sorts of "safety" associated reason(s) from their ***** to let people die. last week, there was a registry RN who was "walked off" because of this.

    speaking of registry; AND it's even easier, if you're a registry employee. these "state" RN workers have little regard for your licenses. registry RNs are scapegoats in this environment. let me discuss my daily duties.

    i am a registry RN that works psych in correctional facility. i have to chart q15 minute rounds for 30 patients. every time a prisoner commits suicide, an RN (registry) is "walked off". coincidentally, no state employed RN EVER rounds because litigation always seems to follow. i also have to assess every patient with a complaint. this ranges from "i have chest pain" to "i have a rash on my arm." all your state employed RNs are "too busy" consistently creating reports. throw in you having to therapeutically deescalate a suicide attempt daily (manipulation or genuine). you are ALWAYS short staffed fridays, saturdays, sundays, and mondays because state RNs are always calling off. when you voice your concerns, you WILL BE WALKED OFF. this happened to a coworker of mine.

    should i quit? i am registry. because i'm starting to see some of these situations play out.
    I worked for a year as temp until I hired on as permanent and this does not reflect my experience but it is county, not state. I've heard nothing good about working registry for the state (California)

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