Published Apr 21, 2004
Hello, I'm new to the forum and I'm in nursing school. I was wondering what hours a Correctional Nurse works? I've tried looking for this information everywhere, but I couldn't find anything about the hours they work. Also, what does the salary range for an RN in a correctional facility? I figure it varies by state, but what is the range? thank you so much for your help!
Correctional nurses work the same hours as all other nurses work, all kinds of hours 7-330 3-11 11-7 and all in between. It depends on the facility your working for. Could be mothers hours. Good luck in Nursing school, It's well worth it!! I love correctional nursing. Gotta have good assessment skills though cause the inmates try to pull all kinds of "Illnesses" on you. Most are trying to just get out of their cells or a quick ride to the hospital and back.
I the joint I work in the hours in one area are very flexable, in another fixed in the usual 7-3, 3-11 and 11-7. How ever I feel I must warn you that corrections nursing is not for a new grad they usually want at least 1 year of med-surg before you can be considered. As stated above you really do need top notch assessment skills and be able to take a few insults and not react. A corrections nurse needs all the skills from LTC to advanced trauma depending on the facility you are in. I work in a max prison in NY. We house almost 900 if the worst the state has to offer. I have needed and used all of the afore mentioned skills. I am not trying to turn you off from corrections nursing. I am however giving you what you need to have before comming through the door of a prison.
Same here in Texas.........the 8 hour shifts mentioned above. We also have 16 hour shifts on the weekends for nurses who only want to work weekends. The company would like us to phase them out though. Also I agree with the others. Get a year or so of med-surg or ER experience first.
Forgot to mention pay. It is comparable for the LVNs to the hospitals but a little low for the RNs.
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