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  1. Ditto Safety first! I have seen to many inmates who have faked fainting, etc....to get out of their cells...I worked in an ER in the past & I have seen fakers there also..inmates just refine the technique...Not to say there are not "true emergencies"...But Safety is always first..
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    Strip searches?

    In my facility,,Medical does not get involved with strip searches, never.... Only security...as they are the ones looking for contraband..etc
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    night shift

    I think how busy you are on nights, would depend on the ratio of prisoners/nurses...I am the only night nurse with a little over 500 inmates...I am "very busy" at night..They only time I sit down & do not answer an almost constant ringing phone, is to take my supper break. I do have my radio with me in case an emergency arises, while I am having supper. In an emergency I am the only one there..so nights can be more busy than days...just depends..I forgot to add...I love working nights.....cause I'm the Queen of the Night ! LOL
  4. I worked in an ER for 7-8 years prior to Corrections. The hospital I worked in, had a Hospital Based Ambulance Service, that covered 5 counties...So although small in comparison to other ER's, we were busy & saw a lot of different emergencies.
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    do the correctionals hire new grads?

    I think you pretty well hit the nail on the head!....
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    What is the incidence of TB at your facility?

    Alaska has one of the highest rate/cases of TB..In my institution we have a population of 500 + inmates, we do PPD testing every month (on the inmates birth month) to keep up with TB. Although we have , had the occasional positive PPD, results,(which we treat, with medication)I have not seen an active case in the time I have been here. We do have one Seg cell in Medical that has Negitive/Positve pressure ,in the need every arrises..
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    In some prisons there are different turn-around as far as intakes go, of course this is depending on the institution. (We usually get 2-3 groups of inmates going out & coming in 3x wkly,of course that's tentative)..If you get stressful with emergencies, than maybe a prison would not be for you, as there will be the occasional beating, stabbing , rapeing & you name it, to come along, just when you sit down on your coffee break..As far as a safe place to work, to me it is safer than the ER I used to work in..I know who the bad guys are, & I work with exceptional correctional officers, who look out for me, as much as I look out after myself.
  8. Defiantly ER experience will be the best...Depending upon the size of the Prison, you never know what will be brought into the department, ie: beatings, stabbings, medical emergencies, etc...Although it is on a smaller scale than a regular ER, you will need to use the same triage assessments, & care ,accordingly as you would in an ER....Plus ER experience will look better on a Resume if you are applying for a Correctional Job, as prompt triage & assesment skills are a must when working in Corrections.JMO