San bernardino county sheriffs department correctional nurse

  1. Hi any one here applied at San Bernardino County sheriffs dept as a correctional nurse RN 1? I have an upcoming background interview and i just want to gather some information about the application process. I have an almost a year exp in an acute hospital as a med/surg/tele nurse. Any thoughts about my transition to correctional? Hows the work going to be? Will it be harder than med/surg? I hope i will be able to adjust fast. Thanks to any one who will enlighten me. 🤩
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  3. by   SobreRN
    With acute care experience you should be fine, you will have much more autonomy; a lot of minor ailments such as colds, rash and general pain you can usually just place the orders and let them know to come to pill call for the meds. Be prepared for anything from 10/10 chest pain to fractures from fights, treating pepper-spray and removing taser prongs. We are in their house (sheriffs) and if a housing unit on lock-down you cannot see your patient for non-emergency sick call. A lot of manipulation but still treating a patient, be courteous but firm as a lot of these guys have not lived a life with boundaries. Be mindful jails have ever more violent offenders and, when walking, make sure you don't turn your back and wait for deputies to let you know when it is safe, any time I am walking or waiting for a door I stand behind the deputy. It is not nearly as hard as the hospital as you are seeing people and passing pills on a schedule which allows time for a real lunch break. I love it and am planning on remaining in corrections the rest of my career; best of luck :-)
  4. by   SobreRN
    And get familiar with psychiatric medications as you will be giving a lot!
  5. by   HardStick69
    ive worked there. its pretty awesome as they have 12hr shifts. you will do great with your experience. maybe brush up on some BLS triage, psych, and trauma assessments. easier than medsurge
  6. by   cherrybee
    Hi thanks for your reply. Can i ask if its ok why u left the job? And i have heard there are 3 locations in san bernardino. Will they be floating me? What if they put me to the dessert valley location and its too far from where i live can i refuse? Thanks so much
  7. by   cherrybee
    Thank you for responding!! Appreciate it.
  8. by   HardStick69
    i was working registry and decided to pursue a career with CDCR- state prison. i somewhat regret it as i loved the jail. however, i had to choose a sure thing with benefits. yes it is possible you can float to san berdoo(central), or glen helen. but thats really not that bad because those facilities have much less acute patients(basically no asthmatic / diabetics if i remember correctly). floating is very common because some people prefer those locations as they are close to where they live ect


    floating isnt that common is what i meant to say
    Last edit by HardStick69 on Dec 25, '17 : Reason: error
  9. by   santalee
    Hi! I was wondering if you ended up getting the job? Was the interview very difficult, do you have any tips. I plan on applying and would love to be well prepared as I am really looking forward for this opportunity! Thanks!!!