Just as the name suggest correctional facility nurses work in a correctional facility providing medical aide to individuals who are put in jail, correctional facilities, prison and juvenile detention centers.
While caring for these individuals correctional facility nurses perform many of the same responsibilities and duties of a hospital nurse.
These responsibilities may include recording a patient’s medical condition and vital signs, keeping track of the patient’s history, performing health screenings, assisting with medications, dressing wounds, performing IV therapy and assisting with rehabilitation among other nurse related tasks.
In order to provide adequate care to inmates and patients correctional facilities often have a full examination run, state of the art medical equipment (including x-ray machines, IV supplies & examination equipment) and various medications to deal with ill or injured patients.
Correctional facility nurses may work alongside other health care professionals such as LPN’s, nurse practitioners, physicians, doctors, mental health nurses and psychologists in order to provide adequate care to inmates and patients that require medical attention within the correctional facility.
While other medical professionals may be on call or stationed at the correctional facility those who work as correctional facility nurses often have to be highly educated and self disciplined since they may work alone or in small groups with other correctional facility nurses for long periods at a time without the aide or supervision of other highly trained medical professionals such as doctors, practitioners or physicians.
Those who choose to start a career as a correctional facility nurse may choose to work for a state, federal, government or community run correctional facility.
Correctional facility nurses may also choose to work at an all men or all women facility depending on the facilities hiring process and the nurse’s preferences.
Each type of facility may be run differently and offer different medical benefits, pay and retirement contributions as well as hire different medical staff depending on their needs.
Nurses at these facilities may work 40 hour work weeks and choose from a morning, evening, or night shift, which may be determined by necessity or tenure.
When it comes to working as a correctional facility nurse Nurses it is important that nurses have excellent assessment skills, be patient and caring, be even-tempered and have a strong desire to help those who are injured or ill and require medical attention.
Correctional facility nurses ensure that inmates and patients receive fair treatment and adequate medical care while they are incarcerated and fight to improve health care standards for their patients as well as staff members who may require medical care.