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angie h in Boone, North Carolina

83 months ago

I am an RN who works on a med-surg floor. I am applying for a position of prision nurse. Can anyone help on what types of interview questions are asked. Thanks

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randy hayes

83 months ago

angie h in Boone, North Carolina said: I am an RN who works on a med-surg floor. I am applying for a position of prision nurse. Can anyone help on what types of interview questions are asked. Thanks

They usally ask first off iff you have ever worked w/any inmates befor in the hospital,what kind of backround you have in the field how many yrs in that kind of work.They will ask do you think you have what it takes to work around these kind of foks and how your temper is if you are willing to put yourself in that kind of positon. It is realy easer than applying for work at the hospital.They need people as long as you have expererence and are willing to be bound to their conditions as far as what you are do for the inmates and that you don't let the inmates run ya over you'll be alright.go in be yourself answer ther questions right. And i tell ya you'll get right on in there

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angie h in Boone, North Carolina

83 months ago

Thank you very much

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erica in Mansfield, Ohio

80 months ago

i have an interview at a prison. i am a new grad. this is a good job with good benefits. i am not afraid to be around inmates. what are some questions they will ask me in an interveiw

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nicola martin in Nottingham, United Kingdom

74 months ago

Ihave got a job interview for a healthcare assisstant in a prison could anyone help on what type of questions they would ask.

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Michele in Union, Missouri

74 months ago

angie h in Boone, North Carolina said: I am an RN who works on a med-surg floor. I am applying for a position of prision nurse. Can anyone help on what types of interview questions are asked. Thanks

I have worked in prison at Pacific, MO - Mid-Eastern Correctional Center, as the Mental Health Nurse. If/when you are hired, there will be special rules about what you can and can not bring into the institution. What level is the prison you are interested in working at? There are Levels 1-5 with 5 being the hardened criminals.

I enjoyed my tenure there, hope you do too! ;)

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Michele in Union, Missouri

74 months ago

I enjoyed it quite a bit! Some basic survival skills: Never turn your back on a patient/inmate, and never let the patient/inmate get between you and the exit door. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Don't befriend a patient/inmate. Don't make promises you can not keep. If allowed, carre mace or body alarm on your person at all times.

Hope this helps. :)

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2Sexy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

74 months ago

Michele in Union, Missouri said: Just being truthful. ;)
I noticed you reside in Mississippi. Don't know if the following would pertain to you, but in the MO. prison system we are not allowed to chew gum~when thrown away, it could be confiscated by a prisoner to use to clog up cell locks and they could escape. Aluminum foil can be used to "make" a key for any lock. We were not allowed to bring anything frozen in - ice cream, water - contraband could be frozen inside to sell to the prisoners,also, a frozen water bottle could be used as a weapon. No "sexy" clothing or jewelry. Uniforms were required of nursing staff and if a civilian was dressed "too sexy" they were sent home for the day w/o pay. Ankle and wrist bracelets were considered "sexy" and a "no-no". I know you may think I am kidding, but I am dead serious. Psychiatric nursing is a whole other world. Even with all that said, I am thinking about returning to Mental Health Nursing at Pacific Prison. :)

Oh most definitely I would not wear anything "sexy" around inmates if I was to work in that type of facility. I wouldn't dare try to send the wrong message to men who haven't had a woman around them in a couple of years. LOL I would be covered with clothes from head to toe and NO make-up. So what are your job duties? Do you just pass out meds or do you have to do some form of counseling? Also, is the pay higher for working in a prison? I thought about working at a State Hospital but they have other areas of nursing there also besides the mental health units. They also have a nursing home. I'm thinking about doing a scholarship program with a State hospital here in return for a working contract. I would probably lean more towards the nursing home instead of the mental units, because I had a aunt that was on a psychiatric ward and some of those units can be rather scary. Like you said, I wouldn't turn my back on them as much and would be on p's and q's the whole time.

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Michele in Union, Missouri

74 months ago

Another bit of advice - don't wear a necklace. You could get strangled with it. Good thinking about the make-up. I forgot about that.

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2Sexy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

72 months ago

^^^ Are you familiar with working at a psych hospital? How is that area?

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Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama

72 months ago

My mom was a Psch nurse for many years (chemical dependency) and my brother is a Neuro Psychologist that worked at Whitfield doing his internship (or was it Residency? I Dont recall). Psych can be very challenging. Again you have to have GREAT boundaries mentally. The burnout is high. The success rate can be poor but when you do finally help to reach someone it can be dramatic...like seeing an ex-pt in the mall who comes to thankyou for inspiring them. It used to happen all the time with my mom. There are pluses to every nursing situation. The trick to remember you dont have to choose FOREVER. Choose one and give it a try if it works out great if not...try something new. It is the best part of Nursing! Use it to ur advantage! If you think you might like it interview for it. Dont worry about the questions they will ask...everyone asks different ones and they are mostly looking to find out what your BELIEFS are related to pt rights and your personnality (boundaries, boundaries, boundaries!). You cant make the wrong chioce...u WILL learn something!

Prison Nurse Now

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Michele in Union, Missouri

72 months ago

Ihave worked at MECC before and I am sure I will be fine this go around also. I plan to retire in 7-8 years, and intend to keep this position until then!

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2Sexy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

72 months ago

Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama said: My mom was a Psch nurse for many years (chemical dependency) and my brother is a Neuro Psychologist that worked at Whitfield doing his internship (or was it Residency? I Dont recall). Psych can be very challenging. Again you have to have GREAT boundaries mentally. The burnout is high. The success rate can be poor but when you do finally help to reach someone it can be dramatic...like seeing an ex-pt in the mall who comes to thankyou for inspiring them. It used to happen all the time with my mom. There are pluses to every nursing situation. The trick to remember you dont have to choose FOREVER. Choose one and give it a try if it works out great if not...try something new. It is the best part of Nursing! Use it to ur advantage! If you think you might like it interview for it. Dont worry about the questions they will ask...everyone asks different ones and they are mostly looking to find out what your BELIEFS are related to pt rights and your personnality (boundaries, boundaries, boundaries!). You cant make the wrong chioce...u WILL learn something!

Prison Nurse Now

Thanks for your information. I haven't totally decided if I was going to do the nursing route. If I was, I was going to do a night program. If I was to do nursing, I thought about working on the psych floor at Whitfield because they have a great scholarship program and I heard the benefits are good. Anyway, thanks for your information.

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Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama

72 months ago

Deciding to become a nurse has to be a well thought out career goal. Just getting in to Nursing is competitive and in many places...like Hinds Community College in MS there is a waiting list (was 2 years long when I wanted to attend). Grades have to be top notch and there are tests like the ACT and NLN or HESI that have to be taken. Getting started NOW will be the key AND staying focused. NOTHING can get in your way (not boyfiends not lack of money, not the party of Saturday nite).

The scholarship program is an option but u can quilify for a PELL GRANT by filling out a FAFSA (can do it online). The scholarships require you keep certain grades and then agree to work a certain length of time at the facility. If you dont like it there and leave you will have to pay it back.

The PELL grant, on the otherhand,is FREE money given by the govenrment to help aid school costs. In many cases it pays for all the tuition and you are only left to pay for the books. Loans can be taken out as well (YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY THEM BACK even if you drop out so FINISH!). The trick here is to make sure you are INDEPENDENT of your parents income the year before. Then they judge you on your income only. YOU RENT A ROOM from your parents and you are independent from them...u get my drift. In order to get a grant you have to take 6 credit hrs (2 classes min) and keep a C. Take an English and Elective first. Once you have the basics you can choose where u want to go with it. I wish u much luck!

Prison Nurse too.

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Michele in Union, Missouri

72 months ago

great advice - i wish u well.

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2Sexy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

72 months ago

Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama,

Thanks for your information. I don't think I would be eligible for the pell grant because I already have a degree. After the first bachelor's degree, they won't give a pell grant. Yes, you are right about having to be totally focused on nursing school, and that is one of the reasons why I'm not sure I want to do it again. I was in nursing school a long time ago, and I dropped it for that very reason and went on to get my degree in something else. Also, I attended Hinds Community college's RN program and I hated it! I wouldn't suggest anyone to go to Hinds, they are horrible. I like to have a social life and date, and I'm ready to get married. So I wouldn't think that nursing would lend time for that. LOL Even though I have a lot of free time with the job I have now, nursing is still very time consuming. It takes up all of your free time. I'm glad that you enjoy what you do, because so many nurses hate their profession. I wish you well in all of your endeavors and thanks for your advice.

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Anonymous in Dublin, Ohio

72 months ago

Why would anyone want to be a nurse in a jail? Why would you want to help people who didn't want to help themselves, and put others in danger (probably) in order to get there? Not only that, but you're setting yourself up for rape!! Please, join the army corp or whatever it is instead! You get paid more, they help pay for additional schooling and with student loans, and the danger you put yourself in is worthwhile cause you're doing it for your country!

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2Sexy in Meridian, Mississippi

72 months ago

Anonymous in Dublin, Ohio said: Why would anyone want to be a nurse in a jail? Why would you want to help people who didn't want to help themselves, and put others in danger (probably) in order to get there? Not only that, but you're setting yourself up for rape!! Please, join the army corp or whatever it is instead! You get paid more, they help pay for additional schooling and with student loans, and the danger you put yourself in is worthwhile cause you're doing it for your country!

No, I was just inquiring about the psych area of nursing. I wouldn't work in the jail for nothing in the world. They couldn't pay me enough to work in that type of environment, especially with hard core criminals.

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Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama

72 months ago

Why wud I work for the prison system? As an LPN I worked for Nursing Homes and watched AWFUL abuse (yes, I reported it to the sate...they retaliated)...I was paid $17.85/hr for 84hrs a pay period. I went back to school and got my BACHELOR's degree and RN...graduated top 5 in my class and am in the Nursing Honor Society. I was hired at a Hospital for $17.85/hr for 72hrs per pay period. I WAS MAKING LESS MONEY WITH AN RN BACHELOR's DEGREE! I got a PRN Prison Job...$30/hr PLUS $2/h for evenings, $4/hr for nights and an ADDED $2/hr for weekends. A saturday shift paid $34/hr PLUS OT.

I continued to work at the hospital. Got Employee of the month for 2 months after having worked there for 10months...The nurses left DAGGERS in my back...I was written up 6 times in the 3 weeks following the award. I was terminated based on a he-said-she-said thing...I lost (all the others were minor things that someone SAID I did but I wasnt allowed to defend myself). The day before they fored me was when I was told be the pt. rep that I had received the 2nd honor and that my pts raved over how good I had treated them! Go figure?! I even tried to tell my boss that the nurses had been talking about me and that that the emp of the month had caused the charge nurse to STOP SPEAKING TO ME! I was Told...that couldnt possibly be true!

So what I am trying to say is...if you think for even a second that nurses at hospitals are better nurses think again. What kind of people do that to coworkers?! That's a club I'd rather NOT belong to.

to be continued...

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Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama

72 months ago

Another issue I have with the comments made in this blog is...I took an oath to aide my fellow man...You do not choose who you help in the emergency room...He's a child molester;I'll let him die. She's a non-christian;I'll let him die or better yet...I dont like the color of their skin...! If you cannot reason with yourself as a nurse that ALL people, even the worst among us, deserve care...medical, spiritual and emotional then you need to reexamine why you continue to be a Nurse! Jesus tended to the lepers, Paul to the prisoners...What makes us so special that we get to choose??? I am not without sin...there is a fine line from where I am to where the Inmates stand...one wrong decision is all it took in most instances.

Its ok if this is not for you but while u look at the psych pts and those in the Emergency room...do you know if they have molested anyone? Are they rapists? You dont know and you cannot refuse tx. You swore it. Have you been nursing so long you've forgotten?

I make more money than any nurse I know except for a travel nurse...I just get to be there for my son while they spend their nites in hotels! I do not judge...I treat, I follow the path inspired by Jesus.

I am less likely to be raped in Prison than in the parking lot of the hospital (it happened here). I am always escorted, never alone, I am behind locked doors. I am even escorted to my car. Look over your shoulder when you walk to your car...I dont have to.

Pls dont judge what your experience does not cover. You would be surprised at what you might find!

Prison Nurse Too!

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2Sexy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

72 months ago

Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama said: Hinds Jr College has one of the BEST school of nursings. HATE it good God...I lived thru hell...ALL nursing schools are hell! They are supposed to be...they weed out the folks that arent cut out for the job! Date, Social Life? I didnt have one for years-ask any nurse that made it thru they will tell u the same...I gather you are fairly young...let me tell you the scial life now will cost you later....The boy you had adate with you will have probably forgotten...that party nothing but a distant memory.

I also have a 2nd Bachelors and did not qualify for a Pell...I did qualify for a loan though. I borrowed toward my future...my pymts are now $275/mo BUT I can afford it! I am an RN BSN and I can party like hell now! I have an AWESOME SOCIAL LIFE...and the guys LOVE a NURSE! lol

Well, actually I'm ready to get married. I am in my late twenties, and I feel it is time for me to get married and start having children. I always wanted to get my degree first and start a professional job and be independent before I got married. I have all of those factors in the equation now, and now I feel it is the time to be available to date so I can meet the right one or potential marriage material. I know nursing school will not leave time for that because you really can't have a social life during nursing school. Sometimes nurses that work those long 12-hour shifts are normally too tired to do anything outside of work or have a social life. The days that they are off, they are usually at the house trying to catch up on rest. LOL

Hinds Jr. College has a low student retention rate and also a low rate of students passing the state boards. Hinds got in a lot of trouble about 2 years ago, about their retention rates. The Clarion Ledger (the MS newspaper) wrote a huge article about Hinds about so many students failing. I know about Hinds program because I was in it, and I wouldn't suggest anyone to go to Hinds.

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Michele in Union, Missouri

72 months ago

Anonymous in Dublin, Ohio said: Why would anyone want to be a nurse in a jail? Why would you want to help people who didn't want to help themselves, and put others in danger (probably) in order to get there? Not only that, but you're setting yourself up for rape!! Please, join the army corp or whatever it is instead! You get paid more, they help pay for additional schooling and with student loans, and the danger you put yourself in is worthwhile cause you're doing it for your country!

I feel you should try as many avenues as possible to be a success in any career. Working in a mental health prison setting is for the seasoned,mature professional nurse. Don't ever appear frightened in front of an inmate - they can smell fear and will take advantage of the moment in a heart beat. If you are able to pass the 4 weeks of "Basic Training" it takes to work in a prison, you have my blessing. We always have openings on the "medical side", at MECC and surrounding area facilities. Please apply! :)

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Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama

72 months ago

2Sexy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi said: Well, actually I'm ready to get married. I am in my late twenties, and I feel it is time for me to get married and start having children. I always wanted to get my degree first and start a professional job and be independent before I got married. I have all of those factors in the equation now, and now I feel it is the time to be available to date so I can meet the right one or potential marriage material. I know nursing school will not leave time for that because you really can't have a social life during nursing school. Sometimes nurses that work those long 12-hour shifts are normally too tired to do anything outside of work or have a social life. The days that they are off, they are usually at the house trying to catch up on rest. LOL

Hinds Jr. College has a low student retention rate and also a low rate of students passing the state boards. Hinds got in a lot of trouble about 2 years ago, about their retention rates. The Clarion Ledger (the MS newspaper) wrote a huge article about Hinds about so many students failing. I know about Hinds program because I was in it, and I wouldn't suggest anyone to go to Hinds.

I can understand ur reasoning for not becoming a Nurse. It seems it is not the right profession for you. There will be another one that more closely matches your future plan (teaching might be considered since you already hav a BS).

The RN NCLEX tests all changed format about 2 1/2 yrs ago. MANY schools had a miserable pass rate for that first year. In Alabama where I live 2 of the 3 schools had an awful pass rate. Unfortunately the changes to the format of the school curriculum and the changes in the NCLEX all occurred at the same time. You saw the fallout.
In associates programs the pass rate is poor. My LPN class started with 42 students and 9 passed. As a Bachelor's degree from UNA we started with 46 and 36 graduated. We have a 98.5% pass rate, the highest in AL.

Wishin u well

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Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama

72 months ago

Michele in Union, Missouri said: I feel you should try as many avenues as possible to be a success in any career. Working in a mental health prison setting is for the seasoned,mature professional nurse. Don't ever appear frightened in front of an inmate - they can smell fear and will take advantage of the moment in a heart beat. If you are able to pass the 4 weeks of "Basic Training" it takes to work in a prison, you have my blessing. We always have openings on the "medical side", at MECC and surrounding area facilities. Please apply! :)

My mother worked there and although she didnt like the Nursing Supervisor at the time she liked her job quite a bit (the Supervisor, from what I understand is no longer there). IN any case, she enjoyed her stay there and had it not been the problem with the Supervisor may have continued to stay. The pay was fine and so were the benefits. Definitely a place worth considering!

Yes I think trying different avenues is a plu...I got 20 more years of nuring to do...I can't wait to find out how many new and different types of nursing I might manage to cram into that time! Oh the adventure of it all! lol

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2Sexy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

72 months ago

Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama said: Wishin u well

Thanks and same to you! :)

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Gail in Pell City, Alabama

72 months ago

Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama said: Let's not scare everyone! lol I work at the largest Prison in Alabama. The one that has the HIV inmates. The basics are;look professional, act professional, stick with what the Dept of Corrections rules and get to know and trust the officers who have your back. I have actually had more problems with a couple of the officers and NOT the inmates. The officers definitely have the IMs on their toes. We have a few max prisoners but I am NEVER alone with any inmate. Use common sense...if it wasnt allowed in Nursing school dont do it in the prison. No glass items, clear bags, nothing in closed non-see-thru bags/boxes. Where only quick disconnect lanyards. Keep only 2 pens on you and keep track of them...never lend them out. If you dont know if it is ok ask the DOC officer they will know. Follow their lead. Their job is to keep you safe. Your job is to keep the prisoners well. Know your role and do it. Have BOUNDARIES! Address everyone properly with Mr. or Offcr. No Inmate is your friend or potential boyfriend (yukk!)! Do not reward them with food or special priviledges. When in doubt ask DOC! If you have tender ears and cant deal with cursing and crudeness this is not the world for you but the pay is AWESOME! I make $10 more an hr than at the hospital (they treated me like hell there!). I like where I am, I like the pay and it can actually be fun! BUT if you have no boundaries this is NOT the job 4 u!

Prison Nurse


I think I know which institution you're at. Do you have any other advice about the interview process in general or the prison? I really need some help with my questions.

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Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama

72 months ago

Gail in Pell City, Alabama said: I think I know which institution you're at. Do you have any other advice about the interview process in general or the prison? I really need some help with my questions.

R u an RN or LPN? REALLY dont sweat the questions they will hire you more based on whether they like you rather than anything else. They know you passed the NCLEX...u just have to not be easily intimidated, have good communication skills, be a team player and have good boundaries. They know most nurses do not have alot of experience in prisons...what they r looking for is nurses that can think on their own with little supervision and who wont break with the pressure. Be yourself...If you're right for the position they will see that in you...the only thing you will need to do is prove them right! If they dont think youre a gud fit...u wouldnt want the position anyway, Right?! So get an interview and go from there. Getting the interview is the hard part. I wish u luck in all ur future employment!

Good luck!

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Glenda in Valdosta, Georgia

71 months ago

Have confidence in yourself. They ask why you want to work in this environment. What made you decide on a prison? Do you know what kind of risk you are taking? I have worked in a prison for over 2 years and it is a different world. You are definetly on your own from the time you start. Not as much team work as in a hospital setting. Good luck.

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Michelle, in Arnold, Missouri

71 months ago

Michele in Union, Missouri said: Ihave worked at MECC before and I am sure I will be fine this go around also. I plan to retire in 7-8 years, and intend to keep this position until then!

Hi Michele,
I am a new grad. I have a full-time job in the CVICU at a local hospital, but I am wanting to do some part-time/ perdiem work at MECC. I think it would be an interesting side job.

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jp in West Hartford, Connecticut

71 months ago

Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama said: Another issue I have with the comments made in this blog is...I took an oath to aide my fellow man...You do not choose who you help in the emergency room...He's a child molester;I'll let him die. She's a non-christian;I'll let him die or better yet...I dont like the color of their skin...! If you cannot reason with yourself as a nurse that ALL people, even the worst among us, deserve care...medical, spiritual and emotional then you need to reexamine why you continue to be a Nurse! Jesus tended to the lepers, Paul to the prisoners...What makes us so special that we get to choose??? I am not without sin...there is a fine line from where I am to where the Inmates stand...one wrong decision is all it took in most instances.

Its ok if this is not for you but while u look at the psych pts and those in the Emergency room...do you know if they have molested anyone? Are they rapists? You dont know and you cannot refuse tx. You swore it. Have you been nursing so long you've forgotten?

I make more money than any nurse I know except for a travel nurse...I just get to be there for my son while they spend their nites in hotels! I do not judge...I treat, I follow the path inspired by Jesus.

I am less likely to be raped in Prison than in the parking lot of the hospital (it happened here). I am always escorted, never alone, I am behind locked doors. I am even escorted to my car. Look over your shoulder when you walk to your car...I dont have to.

Pls dont judge what your experience does not cover. You would be surprised at what you might find!

Prison Nurse Too!

Amen...

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Michele in Union, Missouri

71 months ago

Michelle-Contact Correctional Medical Services (CMS) at MECC and speak with the DON or ADON. I am sure they can find a spot for you!
Mental Health is in the same area. Come and see me - would love to meet you. :)
I will be there after 11/24/08. Just ask for me.
I wish you the best.

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Mary in Chula Vista, California

71 months ago

Prison Nurse too in Florence, Alabama said: Another issue I have with the comments made in this blog is...I took an oath to aide my fellow man...You do not choose who you help in the emergency room...He's a child molester;I'll let him die. She's a non-christian;I'll let him die or better yet...I dont like the color of their skin...! If you cannot reason with yourself as a nurse that ALL people, even the worst among us, deserve care...medical, spiritual and emotional then you need to reexamine why you continue to be a Nurse! Jesus tended to the lepers, Paul to the prisoners...What makes us so special that we get to choose??? I am not without sin...there is a fine line from where I am to where the Inmates stand...one wrong decision is all it took in most instances.

Its ok if this is not for you but while u look at the psych pts and those in the Emergency room...do you know if they have molested anyone? Are they rapists? You dont know and you cannot refuse tx. You swore it. Have you been nursing so long you've forgotten?

I make more money than any nurse I know except for a travel nurse...I just get to be there for my son while they spend their nites in hotels! I do not judge...I treat, I follow the path inspired by Jesus.

I am less likely to be raped in Prison than in the parking lot of the hospital (it happened here). I am always escorted, never alone, I am behind locked doors. I am even escorted to my car. Look over your shoulder when you walk to your car...I dont have to.

Pls dont judge what your experience does not cover. You would be surprised at what you might find!

Prison Nurse Too!

Hey, I am so glad there are christians out there that love the real nursing oath. Like treat everyone you take care with compassion. I live in california and would like to work at RJ. Donavan. I only got a 75, and will be applying for veterans points 10 points, but i missed the interview by 4 days. So I am interested in RN prison nurse. Thanks

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Michelle, in Arnold, Missouri

71 months ago

Michelle,
Thank you so much. I have been really busy and just got a chance to get your reply.

I will try to get in contact with them ASAP, perhaps we will be working together sometime in the near future.

Again, Thank you so much for your input.

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lil' 1 in Kansas City, Missouri

67 months ago

I work as a psychiatric RN, however, want to rediscover my skills in a medical setting. I am far from a new grad and don't know where to turn.
Any suggestions?

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nasir in Littleton, Colorado

67 months ago

hey my name is Nasir. Iam tri to fond ajob.

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Melissa Nissen in Beaumont, Texas

62 months ago

Hello,

My name is Melissa and I have an upcoming interview at a maximum security prison. I am not a nurse, I have a Bachelor's in Psychology and and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. The job position is for a Mental Health Case Manager. The prison that I will be interviewing at has prisoners in there who are serving 50 years to life (for murder, armed robbery, rape, aggravated assuault, you name it!) I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on what types of questions are asked during the interview process. I was told that it would be a staff/peer interview and that my answers would be recorded. I have never worked in the mental health field but have always wanted to and this seems like a great opportunity for me. I have experience counseling former addicts that were just released out of prison and managing their caseloads as well as keeping in contact with their parole/probation officers. I am very new to this..... so I would be very appreciative of ANY INFORMATION that anyone could give me. I am also only 25 years old, white, blonde hair, 5'8", 125 lbs - and this is an ALL MALE PRISON. Therefore, I suppose I should wear turtlenecks or maybe even sweatsuits! LOL

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Marygi in Seaside, California

62 months ago

Hello everyone,

An interview with the Salinas Valley Psychiatric Program is coming up in less than a week and I want very much to work there! Was wondering if anyone else out there knows if the interview is an oral "exam" or peer-led, etc. Let me know, many thanks!

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irmaniurka in Hialeah, Florida

58 months ago

please i need help , i have a interview for registered nurse on federal prison , need advice and posibBle Q/A,,,i really wants this job...thanks

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Beverly Ann M in Porterville, California

57 months ago

I've been unemployed for 3 months now and I have an interview tomarrow at a state prison for a CNA position. I really want this job!!! Can anyone give me some common hints on what type of questions they may ask me. Please respond!!! Thanks!!

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DENISE in Gainesville, Florida

55 months ago

The prison nurse comment that starts: Let's not scare everyone! lol I work at the largest Prison in Alabama. That set of information was the most helpful bit in this blog. Most nurses coming to this site are looking for the edge that will help learn about and get the job. If there are other prison nurses who read this I hope they will comment about the job and interview questions that will help you get the job because that is why most of us came here in the first place. Thanks.

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charlotte09 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

55 months ago

I had an interview for a state facility for MH/MR. 3 people sat at the end of a big table with tablets and pens and coffee cups. I sat at the other end. They immediately started asking me 5 questions that were listed on a piece of paper placed in front of me. From what I can remember the questions went like this:

Describe a physical assessment.
Something about delegation.
What makes you feel competent to perform this job.
Why do you feel that you would be a good candidate for this position?
Do you have any questions regarding this position?
Knowing what you do about the facility are you still interested in the position?

Hope this helps, I still don't know how I did because they said I wouldn't hear back for 6-8 weeks.

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Desert Man in Phoenix, Arizona

55 months ago

I have worked as a RN for the past 26 years in a variety of different areas. I have read the comments in this blog and would empathize with so many of them. In response to some of these comments: Nursing is a stressful job, both physically and mentally. Co-workers and managers play an integral part in how stressful the job can be. There will always be the insecure co-workers and middle managers that suck up to higher management and brow beat their subordinates. There will always be the competitive element in nursing that leads some nurses to stab other nurses in the back, often for contrived or ill perceived notions. These people sometimes make careers out of trashing everyone else around them to make themselves look good. Unfortunately, we work in an occupation that has many fickle and insecure people.
'Swimming with sharks' might be a good book to read, if you're looking for some advice on how to cope with such people.
Now to my point:
Most of us that came into the job, brought with us the aspiration to help people and to make a difference.
People in institutional care are more vulnerable than we can imagine. They have had their identities stripped away - although getting a litle dated, see Irving Goffman's landmark study - 'Asylums'. This doesn't make them angels, but they have reached a level of degradation that has impacted so heavily on their lives that they often have identity crises, personality changes and depression.
Any new nurse, contemplating working in prisons, should bear this in mind. Compassion, whilst maintaining a 'professional' relationship with the inmate, are the key ingredients, never to be forgotten.

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Leah in Middleton, Wisconsin

54 months ago

2Sexy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi said: Well, actually I'm ready to get married. I am in my late twenties, and I feel it is time for me to get married and start having children. I always wanted to get my degree first and start a professional job and be independent before I got married. I have all of those factors in the equation now, and now I feel it is the time to be available to date so I can meet the right one or potential marriage material. I know nursing school will not leave time for thatthat they are off, they are usually at the house trying to catch up on rest. LOL

Hinds Jr. College has a low student retention rate and also a low rate of students passing the state boards. Hinds got in a lot of trouble about 2 years ago, about their retention rates. The Clarion Ledger (the MS newspaper) wrote a huge article about Hinds about so many students failing. I know about Hinds program because I was in it, and I wouldn't suggest anyone to go to Hinds.

Hi.. Your So.. Accomplished! Congrats! Your also.. A lot younger.. then me. I am probably close to give or take your mothers age. I need some advise. I would like to know if I can email you. I am returning late at 45... towards my lpn first to make deceant money while pursing RN to BSN. A bad break up helped head me off on my merry way.. LOL.. Now.. I have all the time in the world to study. I have no kids.. no social life.. or hubby to care for. I live in WI. LpNs are still excepted here.. this state is backwards..behind times..lol. I took my CNA in 2008. Do you think I should just stick with lpn later on and go straight for the BSN? my BFF is an Rn and said there is alot of respsonibility and stress.. while in school its hard. Also.. what jobs will I be able to get with a BSN?

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Julia, RN. BSN in Boring, Oregon

54 months ago

I cant respond on all queries, but I will respond to the I can. Although some snub their noses @ a diploma program--it is the best way to learn the mechanics of nursing. Go for it, just know that you will have formed your own ways of doing things on a unit and will have to revert back to the classroom/clinicals way of doing things. You will be ahead of the game d/t your on-the-job training.
You have to pass boards, I would think--that's one I can't answer.
Go to you community college and take the aptitude tests for math, etc.
This will reveal what classes you need to take prior to being ready for credit-obtaining college courses.
If you don't have to work--don't. Earning a RN degree is major-league intense--and if you throw in a bachelor's degree, it is extremely intense, even for those who are really really smart.
Find out about govt. assistance, scholarships, etc. There is tons of money waiting for the asking.
Create a story around why you are, and want to continue being a nurse--why you want to further your nursing career.
The story can be really compelling to institutions looking for scholarship recipients. Look @ Pell grants. I received one and had to promise to work in the nursing field in a direct-patient-care setting for five years. I just completed that this year. Find money so you can concentrate on studying. I feel you may lose heart if you attempt both.
Do you have kids? Low interest student loans will help w/those types of expenses too.
Whatever you do--do not underestimate the serious nature that acquiring a BSN is.
The educators at that level will weed out any student who can't handle it--they want success stories.
Good Luck

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Julia, RN. BSN in Boring, Oregon

54 months ago

you can can pretty much the same type of bed-side nursing jobs regardless of RN orBSN, however, you'll climb few corporate ladders w/o you BSN

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John in Deming, New Mexico

54 months ago

God bless the nurses!

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Kim in Cedarburg, Wisconsin

53 months ago

Hey Leah in Middleton.

Let me break the news to ya. I'm graduating in May with a BSN, along with 80 other classmates from UWM, and then there are all the other school pumping out new grads with BSNs (Eau Claire, Oshkosh, GB, Parkside, Madison, Edgewood, Marquette, Alverno, Mount Mary, MSOE, Cardinal Stritch, Concordia, Marrion...) So that's a lot of new grads. The economy really sucks. My classmates cannot even get interviews (for the Madison or Milwaukee areas), let alone job offers. I know there are a handful that have gotten jobs, though. But its very competitive and tough out there....

Hospitals actually are moving away from LPNs. Aurora Healthcare doesn't even use them... they can be nursing assistants though.

I would encourage you to get a Bachelor's, because it really does improve your chances of finding a job. Good luck with everything!

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Julia, RN. BSN in Boring, Oregon

53 months ago

A BSN improves your chances of climbing a corporate ladder.
A BSN is a more comprehensive education, which benefits patients, coworkers, bosses, your community, and the self

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LegalNurse

53 months ago

Has anyone on here ever worked in corrections in Ohio??

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Lisa-new grad RN with >20yrs LPN experie in Metairie, Louisiana

49 months ago

Need advice for a prison infirmary interview? Could anyone give me some helpful advice? Never did this type of nursing before.Nervous!

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