I just started corrections and I absolutely love it! I am not a new grad, but I know as of late it is hard for a nurse to get a job especially a new grad. I have five years of experience: acute care (telemetry/IMC X 3 years; psych X 5 mo; and home care x 1 year, telephonic nursing X 5 months). For new grads I think this is an excellent experience. Of course everyone says you need hospital experience and blah blah blah, which I do think it helps, but if you have common sense and you are fresh out of nursing school, you will do fine. Working in corrections you will not find a job that is similar. You set your own pace and you have officers to back you up. If you want to develop skills don't go here...(IV insertion, caths, etc) those are rare experiences. But you commonly see wounds (gun shots, MRSA wound, etc) and its a lot of of ETOH detox if you are in a central booking facility. I think the pay is good, at least for me this job has paid better than my others: in excess of 30$ an hour. I actually feel that this position has been the safest one as well...you are more likely to get injured working with patients in the hospital/clinical settings. Like I have always said, if there is a particular field you want to go in and you are a new grad - go for it by all means. There is always someone willing to train you if you want it bad enough. However, lately, it's hard to get a job. Do not settle. If you can get a hospital job - then awesome - take it no matter what they pay you; it will definitely give you a good foundation!