Some may be taken aback by the thought of working in a prison as a nurse. It is a challenging and rewarding part of the nursing profession. The pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to correctional nursing.
Prison nursing pays well. You are rewarded for your knowledge and often states and other governmental agencies are willing to pay more to get qualified nurses in position. As you gain experience you will get salary increases that will usually exceed those that nurses in hospitals and doctors office receive.
Working for the state will usually mean some great benefits packages. Pay raises and promotions are also usually scheduled. Some states require you to join a union, but this is not always the case.
Prisoners need help in many ways. Healthcare doesn’t usually fall within our thought processes when we think of criminals, but it is a necessary factor in their care. Male nurses are especially desirable in correctional facility. Positions are usually fairly easy to find. You can work on a medical unit or in the prison unit itself dispensing medications and tending to other medical needs of the inmates. Educated, caring people are in demand.
This is just one more opportunity in the nursing profession that can expand your horizons. It is often overlooked, but if you talk to other nurses in the correctional profession, you will find that it is quite rewarding. Your assessment skills will become fine tuned and your pay and benefits will be increased.