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Working In A Prison? - October 3rd 2010, 03:59 AM

I'm almost done with my schooling to become a Phlebotomist and I'm considering working inside a prison.

What are some of the downfalls and good things about working inside a prison?


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Re: Working In A Prison? - October 3rd 2010, 04:15 AM

I don't work in a prison, but I'm sure a down fall would be to have to hear all these bad or sad stories. :/

What are you doing at the prison?


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Re: Working In A Prison? - October 3rd 2010, 05:02 AM

Congrats Holly.

Honestly I wouldn't recommend it. My cousing worked at a prison, as the head cook. And he was killed. What had happened was that the rules weren't being followed and a guard allowed an imate into an area he wasn't supposed to be. There are good benefits/pay, but the dangers out weigh it.


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Re: Working In A Prison? - October 3rd 2010, 06:30 AM

Since prisons house more serious offenders, there's a greater risk you take when dealing with them. From what I've heard and read, it can be very stressful to work there because of dealing with the various prisoners who often aren't particularly fond of the prison officers or other prisoners. Also, many prisons incorporate rehabilitation programs and sometimes the officers are the ones who administer them. Given they're already under lots of stress, it's been documented many times they don't always follow the program and get stressed about that and it not working. You also have to get a feel for how the prisoners are to assess their behaviours being normal or not, and whether they're in connections with other prisoners (i.e. gang members).


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Re: Working In A Prison? - October 4th 2010, 12:40 AM

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I don't work in a prison, but I'm sure a down fall would be to have to hear all these bad or sad stories. :/

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Re: Working In A Prison? - October 4th 2010, 03:08 AM

have two family members who work in a corrections facilty (ccno) my brotherinlaw a corrections officer(gaurd) and my sister a nurse.. the health coverage would probally be one of the good things.. a few of the bad things would be safety but theyll likelly teach you self defense tecniques and holds and there will likelly always have be a gaurd present when you draw blood...... just be prepared for them to call you all kind of names youll likelly encounter a few "gang bangers" and theyll call you every name imaginable just to get a reaction so they can claim they were mistreated...

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Re: Working In A Prison? - October 13th 2010, 02:58 AM

It's something I am thinking about too since I need to work in Ohio for five years full-time and finding a full-time job otherwise may be hard for nursing due to a high amount of nurses in the area. Plus I need to stay to get my BSN online at a state school.

My aunt also works as a nurse at a prison and it's not that bad. You will always have a guard present and the prisoners aren't supposed to talk to you. I've heard that the guards are actually a lot worse than the prisoners and are more likely to sexually harass the nurses. You do need to be up to date on all of your shots so I'd get a hepatitis B shot if you didn't get one for your program and you would be at a greater risk for TB due to the prisoners being in close confinement.

They also have rules for you to follow like wearing identification and only break-a-way lanyards if they use them. No bringing food that is frozen. No make up. Have only two pens and keep track of them at all times. There's more but I don't remember them off the top of my head.

I am pretty sure they are going to be handcuffed to an object when you are sticking them with a needle.
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Re: Working In A Prison? - October 13th 2010, 09:27 AM

I work security, might transfer to a prision

Honestly it can't be that bad. Security is pretty high there and most of them don't want to extend their prision sentence by doing something bad.
   
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