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Chaoticdreams33 MSN, RN

Psych, substance abuse, MR-DD
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Chaoticdreams33 has 6 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Psych, substance abuse, MR-DD.

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    AANP-How I passed.

    Yes, Congrats!!!
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    social networks and work

    I'm not a NP (yet), but as a RN I prefer to keep my work at work. I have several very good friends that I worked with at a former employer, but we did not become close friends until after we no longer worked together. I just think it works better for me this way. That being said, a lot of the nurses I went to school with hang out aka drink alot, with the other nurses they work with on the floor, and it's been ok for them. As far as FB, I have had friend requests from co-workers and I just politley tell them that I like to keep work relationships professional. So far they are ok with it.
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    FNP program at St. Joseph--should i do it???

    Which St. Joseph?
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    How difficult is online NP programs?

    I agree with the other posters, if you are dedicated and have a great deal of self control and motivation and are good with computers, then it will work well for you. Personally, I got my Bachelor's online, so I am all set with all that! Just started an in-person NP program and I love it. I missed the interaction and discussion with other students. But, whatever works for you!
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    List your School Here if they do not Require the GRE's..

    Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT
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    Accepted my 3rd shift job offer today!

    cincin1- I am from CT, not CA, so the process sounds very different. It took about 5 months total though, from first application to starting the job. I wouldn't worry about the physical test, I can't imagine it will be too difficult. Mine was very easy. I think that your experience in clinical is corrections will be good, as you know what you are getting into, but it's hard to say what they are really looking for. Good luck! Can anyone from CA answer these questions?
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    Going to start corrections soon

    Yes, I would agree, the backbone really is fair firm and consistant. A Captain told me the only day "An inmate can only do three things for you: get you fired, sue you, and take your pension." Just remember that they are not your friend. But treat them with respect and they will treat you with respect (most of the time).
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    Have you been pepper sprayed?

    Well Congrats on the pregnancy!!! :monkeydance:
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    Made it through my first week!

    Katkonk- thank you so much for your kind words! Your post made me feel so much better. I have met a few really awesome nurses in corrections, but it seems like they just get the crap because they actually work hard and do the right thing. The lazy and incompetent nurses just get to continue to do whatever and get the same benefits. I don't know how the good nurses can tolerate it! But thank you, I am very grateful for your post, all my experiences have made me grow as a person and as a nurse!
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    Made it through my first week!

    So my second week and a half- not so good. I am seeing some HIGHLY questionable nursing practice by some of the nurses, a ton of call outs, I mean someone calls out pretty much every day, and a lot of unhappy nurses and staff, among other things. I don't think I have any desire to work in this type of environment. I have asked for my old job back, and applied for a similar one at a different agency. I have enrolled in summer classes, and I am going to continue with my original plan to become a Nurse Practitioner. I see why some people would do this for 20 years, the pension is fantastic. But I really don't think I could handle it. I would be way to miserable and depressed. I need my old job back! Even if it was boring, at least it was happy. I feel crappy that this didn't work out, but there is just so much about the work environment that I didn't know about. Props to all you corrections nurses!!!
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    Made it through my first week!

    Awesome! I hope that you like it. I really like the JOB, the actual work that you do. The archaic way things are done, and all the interpersonal BS I could do without! But it's really not a bad nursing job at all. I did find out some info that is very different than was told to me prior to accepting the position. So I am actually not sure if I will even stay in the position, I may just continue school and get my MSN-NP. But if the pay was decent, I would probably not be thinking of this!
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    My husband is in a Calif Prison! I have an interview ~HELP~

    Nightnurse lvn- This was asked of me before they offered me the position. The application does have a disclaimer that says that answering yes does not necessarily disqualify you from employment.
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    My husband is in a Calif Prison! I have an interview ~HELP~

    BabyLady- Well yes, that is true, the interviewer cannot ask any of those type of questions. But in my case, they were asked on the official application. I Had to list the names and addresses of all my family members. It asked "Do you have any relatives or cohabitants working for the Department of Correction?" "Do you have any family members who are currently incarcerated with or under jurisdiction of the Department of Correction, if YES- Please state name, relationship, and facility where incarcerated. If NO- and your circumstance changes, you must notify the Department of Correction to update your file." and " Other than medical purposes, have you ever abused alcohol or drugs, if YES- please explain in detail, type frequency and date." So, typically these questions have never been asked of me for a job application. But working in corrections requires an intensive background check, so they do ask these things.
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    Made it through my first week!

    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!
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    My husband is in a Calif Prison! I have an interview ~HELP~

    You will probably have to tell them that he is in prison though. There were questions like that on my official application, any friends, family, in prison? I don't know about Cali though.
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    What is the med pass like at your DOC

    Well, I have now seen and participated in the am med pass at four different facilities. It's not so bad. I mean, there are a lot of meds for sure, but it seems like once you get used to it it won't be too too bad. Passing the meds in a minimum or medium security facility, where the inmates come to you, is easier in my opinion. They show you their ID and you get their meds that you poured. So yesterday, I came in at 7 (my 6th day on orientation) and found out that two nurses had called out, so a nurse floated from another facility and another nurse got mandated to stay from night shift at another facility. So I started pouring the meds. My first time doing it there, and I poured the meds from 7am to 830am with some assistance. Another nurse pulled meds from the pyxis that needed to be pulled. The med pass took about 30-40 minutes since half of the guys didn't show up (raining on an open compound). We had to call down a few for ID meds, and then a few for thier injections. And then go to the RHU. And then I needed to go through the MARs and document all the no shows and sign the back of all the pages I signed. I didn't finish with everything until 1130 or so. But that was my first time. And the MARs were awful. Some of the nurses were still giving meds that expired days ago. So I also spent some time talking with the charge nurse and cleaning things up. The med pass at the max security is kind of a pain, but good because you get to walk around a lot. But it is hard to see in those tiny windows and sometimes both guys in the room look similar and it is difficult for me to identify them. So I am kinda glad I'll be based at a min security facility, though some people like the max better.