So I made it through my first week (plus a couple days) in corrections. So far I am liking it. I had one day where I questioned my decision, but I think that is normal.
I just did my last day shift yesterday, and now will orient to evenings for two weeks and then nights, until May when I come off orientation and start FT on evening shift. I will try to get days eventually though, but the pay is just so crappy without the diff, I don't know if I could swing it. Even with the diff, it's not so great. I have kept my last job per diem so I can cont to make as much as I was before.
So, I have oriented at two minimum security facilities, one medium security facility, and one "supermax" facility. At each one, things are a little different, but in general they do the same things. There are pyxis machines in all but one facility. I have done sick call and meds, but no diabetics yet. No codes yet, which is what I am most worried about. I have no emergency experience, and it doesn't look like they are going to be giving me any training on it either. I was thinking of taking an EMT course- good idea or bad? Any advice for emergency/first responder skills?
So far, all the inmates have been fairly respectful. I know this isn't always the case, but in my first week, that is what I have seen. I am just trying to keep my ears and eyes open and take in all that I can. Focusing on being resfectful to everyone, and treating the inmates fairly. It is so interesting to see this type of nursing, I think that I will really like it!
I will welcome any advice that you have!