Nursing jobs at prisons?

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    I want to get a nursing degree and work as a nurse at a prison. Should I get a MENTAL HEALTH NURSING degree or should I get a 'REGULAR' NURSING degree? Personally I'd prefer to get the mental health one but I'm worried that there aren't a lot of job opportunities at prisons for mental health nurses....so would it be much much easier for me to get a job at a prison as a 'regular' nurse?....I'm in UK in case that matters
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    Here in the colonies your question confuses. A "regular nurse" would be either a LPN or RN. You can specialize beyond those with work experience, certifications, or specialized training. If you can briefly explain how it's done there maybe it would be helpful. I did work in a prison once, had very bad experience. The fact that the prisoners had a class action suit against the state asking for MORE GUARDS because the didn't feel safe should have tipped me off.
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    Quote from dthfytr
    Here in the colonies your question confuses. A "regular nurse" would be either a LPN or RN. You can specialize beyond those with work experience, certifications, or specialized training. If you can briefly explain how it's done there maybe it would be helpful. I did work in a prison once, had very bad experience. The fact that the prisoners had a class action suit against the state asking for MORE GUARDS because the didn't feel safe should have tipped me off.
    Well it's pretty simple: you can get a bachelor's degree in either mental health nursing or you can get a bachelor's in adult nursing('regular' nursing)
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    It's pretty simple: You get a bachelor's in Nursing (BSN) and then you can specialize. You don't get bachelor's degree specifically in mental health or in adult nursing.
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    Quote from kelpic
    Well it's pretty simple: you can get a bachelor's degree in either mental health nursing or you can get a bachelor's in adult nursing('regular' nursing)
    Where do you live OP? Different countries have different options. In Western Canada you can do your nursing degree/diploma in psychiatric nursing. You would get a BSPN (Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing) and your registration is an RPN (registered psychiatric nurse). Otherwise typically you do a BSN or BScN (a general nursing degree) and then specialize afterwards in your area of choice. Typically right after graduation you can start working in your specialty area without any further education. After you have a few years experience you can write a certification exam in your specialty are. I don't know of any specific degrees in adult nursing.

    I think pretty much everywhere except western Canada, RPN stands for registered practical nurse (called a LPN in the US).


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