Happy New Year, one and all! Have been away from the site for some time, but I sure don’t know why……..hhmmm…. At any rate, I am considering a nursing position in a corrections setting, i.e., doing assessments of newly placed inmates. I am wondering if other nurses have tips on this experience and any pertinent thoughts, please?
Thank you – I am grateful for any information, etc., that you care to share.
I’ve been a corrections nurse for 4 years now. I love it but it isn’t for everyone. What would you like to know? Ask me some questions and I’d be glad to answer.
I. too, have worked in corrections for many years. Recently I worked in a Forensic mental health hospital. The difference between there and the State correctional facilities that I have I worked in, is that in the State Prison, patients are convicted and have lost their rights. In the Forensic mental health hospital they aren’t convicted and therefore still have rights so we can’t force psyche drugs on them without a court order. I would think working in county jails is the same. Most aren’t convicted yet and therefore still have rights.
I absolutely loved working in the State prisons.
My best advice to you is to treat the inmates with respect. That is the best. If you say you will find out, then find out and get back to them. Do not turn them in, as one prison told me, you are nursing you are not the police.
I too have worked in corrections for 7 yrs as a contractor. I agree with the others but mostly you must know your surroundings. Your patients are there for a reason. It is best Not to know why they are in prison. By not knowing it is easier to treat they equally. Never allow your patient to get between you and an exit (door in exam room). You will find most prisoners have mental health issues. If you respect them most of the time they will respect you. Inmates can be very demanding but stand your ground and stand on policy with NO exceptions. Cover your butt at all times, documentation will be your #1 best friend. Never make a promise, as inmates see that as an opportunity to compromise you, which can lead you into trouble.
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