A typical day at work includes narcotic count, report, preparing the medication cart, passing morning pills to approx. 100 inmates, triaging complaints on the floor, sick call after med pass, crisis watch documention, afternoon med pass, and all other nursing duties in-between such as medication refills, wound care, communication with the physcian and custody staff, etc. I learned how to rely on my assessment skills rather than the exact complaint of the patient because inmates will over-exaggerate or make up conditions to get what they want. I also learned how to handle such a large medication pass, and how to manage my time around passing the meds. My co-workers are hard working nurses in a very stressful environment. They do their best to assess the patients in a safe manner and for security reasons, only send true medical problems down to the medical department. The hardest part of the job is dealing with the emotional stress that comes from the environment and working with custody officers who don't always do what they are supposed to do. Not all of them are like that, but when you have an inmate cussing and insulting you and nothing is said by the officer, that most definetly makes the job harder and much more stressful. The most enjoyable part of the job is the patient care. You learn a whole new group of patients who are manipulative but have real heatlh problems. It is very interesting work.
pays well, benefits competitive, interesting work
safety concerns, high stress level due to population you are working with