I have to try and keep this somehow, b/c I, also, am in the works for being cleared to work in Corrections thru an agency (prn). NEWBIE to Corrections, in fact; have never been inside a jail.
Thank you, thank you, for all these tips; will get to my other job tomorrow and PRINT if I can.
I want to "make a difference" but I do NOT want to be naive or risk my safety. Unlike many on here that might be asking this question, I am an older nurse, licensed since 1995, and a few short years away from hopefully a semi-or-full retirement from nursing for Humans. I want to work somehow with animals, even for free. I went into the wrong field but I've made the best of it.
In a postive note, I HAVE worked with the DD/ID population, some with concurrent mental Dx, for upwards of 15 years. So I know about challenging behaviors (from the higher functioning ID people). Manipulations etc.
Do you think this will help me?
I feel like all I can do is try the venue at least once, maybe a few times, before I decide I don't like it . I've also worked nursing homes in my distant past. I have tended to gravitate toward working with populations that other nurses do not Necessarily seek out as their first tier choices.