LPN Corrections nursing??

  1. Anyone here with experience in this. I am in the Tampa Bay area and beginning salary for LPN's in corrections is $24-27 / hr. Im not too sure what is involved and would love some info in anyone has knowledge.

    Thanks.
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  3. by   BigB
    Quote from Danish
    Anyone here with experience in this. I am in the Tampa Bay area and beginning salary for LPN's in corrections is $24-27 / hr. Im not too sure what is involved and would love some info in anyone has knowledge.

    Thanks.
    You will be passing a lot of pills. Med lines could get up to 300 inmates!!!! In some prisons or situations like lock downs, this means you will be hiking up 5 tiers of cells BY YOURSELF!!! It is dark up there and could be dangerous. I am a pretty big , muscular guy so it didn't phase me , but I know a lot of nurses that hated "walking the tiers>" A lot of the guards don't escort the nurses so be prepared for that. You will be dealing with a very manipulative population that will cheek the pills you give them and sell or trade them to other inmates. They will try to steal your insulin needles. YOU are responsible for preventing all this and you will be in trouble if they get away with meds without shallowing or the needles. You will experience sexual harassment from time to time (whether your female or male ) and you risk getting killed in a riot situation. When stabing go down or an inmate goes man down ...you will be required to run to the scene.

    It has its good points don't get me wrong. I worked in the prison ER and got to see all the drug overdoses and stabbings..... GREAT EXPERIENCE!! I would recommend going into it, just be careful.
    Last edit by BigB on Mar 18, '07
  4. by   Danish
    Wow.....
    I think Ill pass

    I thought it would be a cake walk, but sounds pretty dangerous
  5. by   BigB
    Quote from Danish
    Wow.....
    I think Ill pass

    I thought it would be a cake walk, but sounds pretty dangerous
    As they say, "it's not for everyone." I found psych nursing to be a nice change from prison main line medical. Ever consider psych?
  6. by   Danish
    Ive thought about it. I have worked in an Alzheimers unit and loved it.
  7. by   khrissi17
    Quote from BigB
    You will be passing a lot of pills. Med lines could get up to 300 inmates!!!! In some prisons or situations like lock downs, this means you will be hiking up 5 tiers of cells BY YOURSELF!!! It is dark up there and could be dangerous. I am a pretty big , muscular guy so it didn't phase me , but I know a lot of nurses that hated "walking the tiers>" A lot of the guards don't escort the nurses so be prepared for that. You will be dealing with a very manipulative population that will cheek the pills you give them and sell or trade them to other inmates. They will try to steal your insulin needles. YOU are responsible for preventing all this and you will be in trouble if they get away with meds without shallowing or the needles. You will experience sexual harassment from time to time (whether your female or male ) and you risk getting killed in a riot situation. When stabing go down or an inmate goes man down ...you will be required to run to the scene.

    It has its good points don't get me wrong. I worked in the prison ER and got to see all the drug overdoses and stabbings..... GREAT EXPERIENCE!! I would recommend going into it, just be careful.
    Reading this sounded like a scene from a movie geez how scary- I pictured myself climbing the tiers and all lol
  8. by   ddc101
    Quote from Danish
    Anyone here with experience in this. I am in the Tampa Bay area and beginning salary for LPN's in corrections is $24-27 / hr. Im not too sure what is involved and would love some info in anyone has knowledge.

    Thanks.
    It depends where you work.I work Corrections in Florida and love it.
    Check more into the facility first before making up your mind.The wage
    is good.Is the company PHS?
  9. by   pepperann35
    I live in the Tampa Bay area also. I am the night shift supervisor in a LTC/rehab facility. You can come and work with us if you want to. The pay is about $17.00 per hour plus night shift diff of $1.50 per hr. Also another $2.00 per hour if you work every weekend and another $1.00 on to of that if you do not want benefits.
  10. by   Danish
    Yes. The ad was in the St. Pete Times. Starting pay $24 for new grads

    Thanks for the offer Geez thats a lot of shift diffs. Im still thinking about what I want to do.

    I am moving next Dec to Tennessee, so I have to be clear with any job I take that I am not going to be here long. Thats difficult when applying for a job as a new graduate. I found an LPN to BSN program there and am moving my whole family! So excited.

    Those of you from St. Pete/ Tampa area...familiar with Palms of Pasadena Hosp? Im doing clinicals there right now and really like it.

    -thanks
  11. by   msdobson
    Quote from khrissi17


    Reading this sounded like a scene from a movie geez how scary- I pictured myself climbing the tiers and all lol
    It was a dark and stormy night.
  12. by   hidethecookies
    For you florida Corrections nurses... on the State of Florida DOC website... it has "10 year salary" for experienced RN's at 19.xx an hour.... LPNs between 12-14.xx an hour for new/experienced... is that not true? I've seriously thought about going into corrections (have history in it etc) but when I saw the state of florida website I gave that up REAL quick.... Any south florida nurses work corrections? Anyone share any light on LPN DOC pay anywhere in broward/miami-dade ?
  13. by   Nur_1996
    I worked in a prison around Naples/Ft Myers FL area. It really was not that bad. I thought it would be more exciting, not too much happened when I was there.
  14. by   Nur_1996
    When I worked in a Fl corrections last year. I worked for PHS,I made around 20 an hour. I went out on extended sick leave, and PHS lost their contract, so then when I went to come back, there was no job for me! So instead of reappling with the new company, I just found another job. Not sure who took over the contract and what they paid.

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