This aughta be fun: List the terms/slang/correctional nursing lingo for us newbies

  1. i have picked up on some terms as i have been working my way threw each and every thread and response in all 19 pages of this forum. i am very new to corrections, in fact i never even gave it consideration in all of my 20 yrs as a nurse. i have interviewed at our local county jail, and have interviews for our local fl state prison for women and also our local state prison for men (across the road from the female prison).

    i have seen words like:
    the hole (maximum security???) is that right?
    bullpen- what does this refer to?
    drunk tank- sounds self explanitory i suppose
    disp.- what is that?

    i read that "incident reports" (i think) were referred to as 1033, any other numbers that are universal in the practice of corrections? can anyone clarify this? what does your compound call an incident report or a varience?

    how many have been propositioned or have seen the male masterbating?

    i am not afraid to venture into corrections and would feel very safe with the c/o's present.

    so tell me some new terms or words that are specific to correctional nursing and their meaning, so i can build my vocabulary and also know what is been said in orientation, as to not appear stupid.
    thanks in advance for your help. this is a very important matter to me, because i want to be 100 percent successful and at least know what my coworkers are talking about, or what it means without asking to many newbie q's and appearing stupid.
    Last edit by Monica RN,BSN on Aug 19, '07
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    About Monica RN,BSN

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    Management / Education and now a NEWBIE in Corrections !!
    Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in ER, ICU, Nursing Education, LTC, and HHC

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  3. by   nancykday
    Quote from monica rn,bsn
    i have picked up on some terms as i have been working my way threw each and every thread and response in all 19 pages of this forum. i am very new to corrections, in fact i never even gave it consideration in all of my 20 yrs as a nurse. i have interviewed at our local county jail, and have interviews for our local fl state prison for women and also our local state prison for men (across the road from the female prison).

    i have seen words like:
    the hole (maximum security???) is that right?
    bullpen- what does this refer to?
    drunk tank- sounds self explanitory i suppose
    disp.- what is that?

    i read that "incident reports" (i think) were referred to as 1033, any other numbers that are universal in the practice of corrections? can anyone clarify this? what does your compound call an incident report or a varience?

    how many have been propositioned or have seen the male masterbating?

    i am not afraid to venture into corrections and would feel very safe with the c/o's present.

    so tell me some new terms or words that are specific to correctional nursing and their meaning, so i can build my vocabulary and also know what is been said in orientation, as to not appear stupid.
    thanks in advance for your help. this is a very important matter to me, because i want to be 100 percent successful and at least know what my coworkers are talking about, or what it means without asking to many newbie q's and appearing stupid.
    let me welcome you to corrections. i belive you will find this field of nursing very unique. as far as slang, i think you will find it very regional.

    the hole,aka rhu, is where they put individuals that are "bad" boys or girls. the can be put there as either displinary custody (b/c the broke the rules of the institution ) or as administrative custody ( usually the have a separation order from other inmates this is kind of a protective custody)
    bullpen i am not sure but i would guess it might be yaed, where the inmates go for outside recreation.
    disp. have to see how it is uses but i believe it is short for dispensary
    the 1033 i think if i remember the thread is in ca which is there version of the incident report in pa it is an extrodinary incident report dc 121a
    it is the number that is universal to the state only. there are counth state and federal prisons any we are all different. if you don't know, never hesitate to ask, after all you are new to corrections and remember that the only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

    as an after thought the hole is aka rhu ( restricted housing unit ) shu (segregatated housing unit) segregation isolation and solitary.
    Last edit by nancykday on Aug 19, '07
  4. by   Monica RN,BSN
    Thanks so much.. any other terms ya all use out there I should learn??
  5. by   EnigmaticParadigm
    People say I'm full of "chit."
  6. by   nancykday
    Quote from Monica RN,BSN
    Thanks so much.. any other terms ya all use out there I should learn??
    CHIT a metal tag with your name on that you exchange for keys
    POC psychiatric observation cell for suicide watch
    WICKET a opening in the door through which you can pass meds supplies ect
    GBMI guilty but mentally ill
    PVP parole violator
    ATA authorized temporary absence I/M out to court
    CCC community corrections center aka halfway house
    GP or POP general population
    SNU special needs unit for I/M with MH/MR dx
    N/C new commitment or admission to facility
    DOC department of corrections (state)
    BOP bureau of prisons (federal)
    That's what i can think off for now
  7. by   texascowgirl
    long time prison nurse here
    here is the best resource for prison slang
    http://members.tripod.com/catchout/dictionary/DICT.html

    now....one that you might not find in there, and one that i hear ALOT of in prisons (male prisons, that is) is inmates exclaiming "kill shot"..so lets hear if any of yall know what they mean by that.......(i do, but want to know if it is just a regional thang/texas thang, or widely used throughout the US)
  8. by   Monica RN,BSN
    Thank You very much for the replies. I truly appreiciate it very much!
    Monica
  9. by   uraqt2
    I'd also like to welcome you to corrections. I think you will find it a very different type of nursing.

    How about some of the more common ones like:

    Shank: a prison made knife
    Pruno: prison made alcohol
    Cadillacing: a mode of passing from one cell to another
    Green: a new comer to corrections
    PCer: a protective custody inmate usually associated with a child molester
    PCing up: an inmate going into protective custody
    Cell Warior: someone who will talk smak behind the door but when confronted will back down
    HRP: high risk potential
    STG: security threat groups
    Food Slot or Food Flap: same as a WICKET
    Tier or Block: a housing unit
    Train: transporting inmates from one prison to another via van
    Kite: a request form inmates use to request services

    I know that there are many more but just can't think of anymore right now. Anyhow I hope you enjoy your choice in corrections and agree with nancykday that the only stupid question is the one you don't ask.
  10. by   nancykday
    Check this page out also

    www.convictsandcops.com/slang.htm
    Alsi if the inmate yell 5 - o 5 -o ; it means staff and or CO coming on the floor as in Hawaii 5 0 it means the i/m is up to something that they don't wish to be witnessed
  11. by   texascowgirl
    the only thing i have called the food slot is a "BEAN CHUTE"......nothing else.
    do yall use 10 codes? fights are called over radio e.g. 10-10x4 means inmate against inmate, four involved.....etc
    do yall use radios? i have always had my own radio
  12. by   nancykday
    [quote=texascowgirl;2360919]the only thing i have called the food slot is a "BEAN CHUTE"......
    we call it a " wicket " don't know why the only 10 code we ever use is 10 -20
  13. by   texascowgirl
    "picket"-the round plexiglass area where the CO's are stationed, where door controls, radios, OC/CS gas etc are kept, surrounded by cellblocks

    "down range"-the term used for the long walk through the farm/prison i worked at, with rec yards on both sides, outside all the cellblock buildings

    will think of more as they come to me
  14. by   Monica RN,BSN
    throwing this back out there because it is a fun thread

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