LPN.working in a jail

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    Have anybody worked in a jail before...if so what can an LPN expect when working there.. Thanks in advance
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    Yes and expect big med pass,lots of vital signs,sick calls and chest pains...it could be done in a shift but sometimes in my opinion on where you are working your license can be on the line so know your scope of practice. And good luck!!!
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    Quote from tyquicha
    Have anybody worked in a jail before...if so what can an LPN expect when working there.. Thanks in advance
    I work as an LPN in a jail... Med pass, sick call, lots of orders, chest pains to get out to a hospital, detoxers like crazy... And men who claim once they get out they gonna find u n take u to dinner O_O
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    Quote from mercury318

    I work as an LPN in a jail... Med pass, sick call, lots of orders, chest pains to get out to a hospital, detoxers like crazy... And men who claim once they get out they gonna find u n take u to dinner O_O
    Lol yess crazy they believe that every nurse wants them..lol
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    I have heard that the pay is good but I don't know I have never worked in a jail and don't know that I could
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    I worked in a jail here in arkansas and hated it I quit after a month cuz it was a bs job and what someone said is right I was left alone quite a bit even though your not supposed to be no guards will be with you at all times I was scared my license was on the line everytime I went in due to the inmates crying about chest pains and the crash cart and how they were treated by the nurse on duty we also had to write our own orders for antibiotics most times for the doc to sign off later....BE CAREFUL
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    My utmost respect goes to all nurses who work in prisons. I honestly do not think I could do it.
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    I didn't like it. The sheer size and nature of the med pass seemed to promote med errors. Sometimes we were even told to pass meds (a LOT of meds) that had been set up by another shift. The whole "kite" system is a joke. The process was so slow that inmates would wait a week just to get an order for some motrin or some zantac. Endless sick calls where the inmates would c/o "chest pain" in the hopes of a field trip to the hospital. And the guards.... if they didn't like you or were having a bad day, they could make your med pass Hell, purposefully making you wait and wait and wait. No, I'll take LTC any day of the week....
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I didn't like it. The sheer size and nature of the med pass seemed to promote med errors. Sometimes we were even told to pass meds (a LOT of meds) that had been set up by another shift. The whole "kite" system is a joke. The process was so slow that inmates would wait a week just to get an order for some motrin or some zantac. Endless sick calls where the inmates would c/o "chest pain" in the hopes of a field trip to the hospital. And the guards.... if they didn't like you or were having a bad day, they could make your med pass Hell, purposefully making you wait and wait and wait. No, I'll take LTC any day of the week....
    Yes indeed, I left the jail for LTC and sooo much happier,, it pays more but at the end its not worth it
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    I agree! I worked at a prison as a guard for 12 years and then as a nurse when I got out of nursing school. The amount of medication that you had to prepare was unimaginable not to mention having to use your own gas to distribute to every unit w/o being compinsated for it. Often, we would work short doubling the strain and stress of trying to get things done in a timely manner. I left after a month and never looked back. I wouldn't recommend correctional nursing to anyone. It's a quick way to get your license snatched. Good Luck!


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