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Correctional Agency Nurse (Former Employee) – Richmond, VA – April 13, 2015
You get into a routine as an agency nurse. However, it's usually not typical. The needs of the offenders vary, as do occasionally your tools and resources to perform the job. Requires strong communications skills and hustle. You may be short of a particular medication for the morning medication line [the time when the offenders line up to take their medications that were prescribed]. You must be able to locate an alternative source, if one is available in another medical center.
In a correctional facility, unless you work in the dispensary, you often work alone. The only person that you have constant contact with is the on duty nursing supervisor. For the most part, you've got to be an independent and confident practitioner.
You must be able to stand for hours, finding, pulling, pouring, and later serving pills, injections, elixirs, etc. Then, if there's a sudden emergency, you've got to be able to stop your present activity. Attend to the new situation, and resume it later without missing a beat.
I loved helping the guys [the offenders] that were genuinely sick, and because of my background, I was able to spot the problem. And, being able to get them the proper care. I liked making a difference for the most helpless offenders.
Sometimes we got free meals, built relationships with some of the offenders and correction officers
The facilities are always extreme distances from home, no reimbusement for mileage, no healthcare.