I am in a LPN program and I was talking to a friend of mine that is a Correctional Nurse and told her that I was maybe intersted in getting into Correctional Nursing and she started LAUGHING and said I was too cute, cheerful, & young(I will be 25 when I will be done with school)
I dont know if I am offended or to be thankful she told me that! I dont want to sound selfcentered but I am very good looking and I try to always have a good attitude...I always thought that was a + about me!
I just thought Correctional nursing would be a good way to gain experience & also good pay....to help pay for my RN bridge program
Oct 23, '06
I was working with a NP one night, on my old job, and I told her that I wanted to be a corrections nurse. The first thing she said to me was...those inmates are going to love you. A pretty girl like you working in a prison...but be careful. I would say you will have to keep your eyes on the officers instead of the inmates...the inmates make their little comments, but none of them have disrespected me to my face...at my facility that will get you confinement. The worst thing I have experienced is "gunning"...oh boy!
Do you remember the woman that worked in the restraurant from the movie "Mr. Deeds" starring Adam Sandler? She was big and burly and fought like a man... :smiley_ab
Well, you don't have to be like her
. It's true these people are in prison for a reason, but it's not my place to judge them for what they may or may not have done. I have heard of nurses being attacked, but the same story follows those incidents..."She was a mean nurse she didn't respect the inmate and she intimidated him every chance she got"...
Follow your heart...and don't go into corrections for the money...if you are really interested I would say sign up with an agency that sends nurses to correctional facilities. That way if you don't like it then you can just ask to be sent elsewhere. And you should make more money if do corrections with an agency...I am strongly considering the same thing, because the pay will be higher and I wont have to deal with all the changes and politics.
And remember being assertive is important no matter where you work as a nurse. The things that qualify a nurse for corrections is her know how and dedication to her profession...not her ability to man handle the inmates.
Last edit by ex1140 on Oct 23, '06