I am a newly graduated nurse as of may. I have had an interesting few months since then, some ED experience etc. Friday I was offered a position to work as the clinic nurse at a correctional institute nearby--through a staffing network. I have an interview tomorrow morning.
I have been doing some research online, and came across this message board through that. I'm so glad there's a place out there like this, I'm hoping that you can offer me some advice.
What is correctional nursing like? Would it be bad for me to get into this, would it limit my career? I like the idea of having more autonomy, and working in a different environment. I'm not a typical new grad... and didn't want to go straight to med/surg (hence ED). I have worked a free clinic while in nursing school and have a pretty good idea of how the job would be done.
The staffing network seemed really excited about my resume and the different experiences I've had. I was in ROTC in college and through that did an internship at an army hospital, working in the level 1 trauma center. Having had military training, I have been 'toughened up' in some respects and feel that would help in a prison setting.
I have read through some of your posts and for the most part am encouraged.
What would you say to a relatively new grad going into correctional nursing? Is it wise for my career? (My interests are in the ED and maybe Flight nursing in the future....I am also getting my masters in mental health counseling right now and eventually hope to start up a wilderness therapy program for teens/young adults). Is it safe? Is it demanding? Do you like your job?
Any advice or knowledge you could pass on would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!