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Correctional Facility Nurse

Often, criminals have never had formal healthcare and have complicated medical histories. There is also a higher risk of infectious diseases such as TB, hepatitis, etc, and there are moral issues involved in treating certain patients. All these make the task of a correctional facility nurse very challenging. This also means that these nurses have to project a very confident aura, take special precautions and follow strict regulations to ward off confrontations with violent or potentially violent criminals.

 

• Becoming a Correctional Facility Nurse

Becoming a correctional facility nurse has its requirements which depend on the employer and the state one intends to work in. However, most entry level jobs require a nursing diploma or associate degree in nursing, though a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) from a university accredited by the Board of Nursing as well as two years experience as a registered nurse, preferably in a correctional facility, is also required by some employers. One must also hold a valid LPN (licensed practical nurse) or LVN (licensed vocational nurse) license.

Those who meet these requirements then apply for a correctional health professional certification exam, after passing which the nurse becomes a certified correctional nurse (CCN).

 

• Career and Salary Outlook

While the work of a correctional facility nurse appears daunting, they do enjoy various benefits such as professional freedom, higher salaries, job security and lucrative benefit packages. Sometimes, special bonuses or paid time off for continuing education or advanced certification may also be offered. Not to forget, the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life is also very rewarding. The job prospects are, overall, quite positive with steady increases in salary.

As for the salary itself, the annual median salary for a correctional facility nurse hovers around $50,000-60,000. The figure depends on the facility one is working for, the state, skills and nursing background.

 

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