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  1. Nursing Behind the Wall
    I went into correctional nursing about 13 years ago. Ironically, I had worked in corrections in a number of other capacities, and my original goal in going to nursing school was to get out of...
    Oct 1
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  2. Saving Lives, 1 cup of Gatorade at a Time!
    A few come to mind, from my days working the yard at a male medium-security state prison. The first we received a man down call on due to abdominal pain. When I reached the unit this inmate was in...
    Sep 2
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  3. Shady Nursing School Abruptly Closes Its Doors
    These schools pop up to take advantage of easily-obtainable student loans. They remind me of the places that existed in the 1960s and '70s where supposedly you just had to mail a check in and get an...
    Sep 2
    Forum: Nursing News
  4. New Grad going into Mental Health??
    I can only speak from personal experience. I went straight from nursing school into a mental health nursing job. I worked for a facility that was closed by the parent company. I couldn't buy an...
    Aug 6
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. floating medications in water to administer
    This seems like a considerable overreaction. Your administration may also not realize that this does not stop the trading/selling of medication. Inmates just hold the water in their mouths, go around...
    Aug 6
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  6. Best Mispronunciation?
    My father used to say that my mother was "menustrating".
    Aug 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. How do you deal with the confinement?
    I was thinking about this last week. I have only had maybe three or four jobs in my life where I wasn't locked up in some fashion. It has just become part of the environment. Almost all of my working...
    Jul 29
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  8. Inmate, Detainee, Patient???
    Ours are referenced as inmates throughout our administrative regulations and medical directives. The terminology is less important than the content, as long as people understand what you mean.
    Jul 29
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  9. Father of a nursing student needs advice
    I graduated during a time of nursing surplus. I sent out letters and resumes to every hospital in my area. I was granted an interview about six weeks before graduation, and I had a job offer in hand...
    Mar 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Any thoughts on Kindred Hospital?
    I have not worked for Kindred either, but I know a number of people who have. They have a very poor reputation in my area, both for the care they deliver and how they treat employees.
    Mar 25
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  11. Health Services Administrator
    You aren't going to know the answer to that until you know what the specific issues are. Most such places have staffing issues. We have hired a lot of nurses who are leaving contracted companies in...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  12. Silly random nursing thoughts, one sentence, NO JUDGMENTAL FOLKS ALLOWED
    No, but it seems like a large number of - shall we say, "unique" - personalities hire on in mental health units - like the LPN who sprinkled salt on the windowsill to keep the evil spirits out of a...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  13. Silly random nursing thoughts, one sentence, NO JUDGMENTAL FOLKS ALLOWED
    One thing I learned very early as a psychiatric nurse: Not all of the nut cases are on the other side of the desk.
    Mar 24
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  14. Prospective employee's psych hx
    I worked for an inpatient hospital adult mental health unit. The way our insurance was set up, if an employee used our hospital a service was covered 100 percent, but if you went to another hospital...
    Mar 24
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  15. New NM need advice
    HouTx gives you some excellent advice. I am a correctional DON. I came into a facility that was known systemwide as a place to avoid. When I accepted the job, three people openly questioned my...
    Mar 6
    Forum: Nurse Management
  16. New graduate RN with OH correctional facility job offering. Seeking advice!
    My honest opinion is that correctional nursing is not a good spot for a new graduate. It requires a degree of independence that a new graduate cannot have. My agency does not hire new grads. That...
    Mar 5
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  17. A delicate issue
    I have an issue that I am unsure of the best way to approach. I have a number of nurses on my staff who are not native English speakers. We have had a turnover in providers, and our new providers...
    Jan 15
    Forum: Nurse Management
  18. Why is it so hard for psyc nurses to tranfer to another unit.
    You get very little chance to practice clinical skills on a mental health unit. I did six IV starts in four years. An ER or ICU nurse might exceed that in one shift. There is a perception, sometimes...
    Jan 15
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. The average time Nurse Managers spend in meetings is 38 hours per week.
    Thankfully, my routine meeting schedule is not nearly that heavy. I have a monthly staff meeting that runs about an hour on average, a monthly DON meeting that runs for about three hours, and a...
    Jan 9
    Forum: Nurse Management
  20. worked for one month after graduating
    The standard they have set seems unreasonable. Most places offer a minimum 4-6 weeks of orientation. Expecting you to function like an experienced RN after less than two weeks on the floor is over...
    Jan 9
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  21. A little anxiety applying for Nursing school as an older male
    I was 40 when I finished school, and a couple of my classmates were well into their fifties. You can still have a lengthy career in the field entering at your age.
    Jan 9
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  22. Sleep Aids
    Our official policy is not to medicate for sleep. That said, I know for a fact that one of our posychiatrists is passing out trazodone, diphenydramine, Vistaril and Remeron as sleep aids. It has been...
    Jan 9
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  23. experienced psych nurse please chime in
    Being seasoned doesn't automatically make one right. Medicating for personal convenience is never correct. I had to report an instance of this myself when I had been an RN for less than a year. She...
    Dec 30, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  24. What do you think about this Staff/pt ratio? Potential job offer
    Considering that I have been in a situation in which I was the only licensed nurse on an 18-bed unit, I would say that it is very good.
    Dec 24, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  25. Please give advice!
    This is not a safe situation. You should not be left alone with inmates, nor should inmates be allowed to congregate around the med cart in large numbers. The inconsistency of PRN pain medications...
    Dec 24, '13
    Forum: Correctional Nursing


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