A (soon to be) Jail Nurse's Journal

By Robin P.


June 22, 2013

Good afternoon fellow nurses and nursing students everywhere! My name is Robin. I’m an LPN with eighteen years of experience in various settings including long term care, home health for peds through geriatrics, assisted living facilities and cardiology. Now I’m getting ready to take on yet another setting…the county jail system. After considerable research, I’ve come to the conclusion that corrections (specifically jails) could be the perfect job for me and my personality. I've decided to write this journal from the beginning of my corrections adventure in the hopes that others may benefit from it as well. When I was doing my own research, I couldn’t get enough information. I did find a few good nursing websites that addressed this specialty, but most focused on the prisons, not the jails, and I think a site that's devoted solely to the day in, day out dealings and challenges of jail nursing could be a big help to other nurses out there who are currently working in corrections or are considering this specialty. 

This is my second attempt at applying for this position. The first time was three months ago...but I was so nervous during my interview that I choked, big time! So, I wasn't exactly surprised when I didn't get the job. But I wasn't about to give up that easily, so when I saw the ad running again, I reapplied. And this time I was ready! I received an email that very same day stating I had been chosen to continue in the selection process. Woo Hoo!!  That was 11 days ago and now I'm waiting on the in-depth background check. I was told it should take about two weeks. So, all that remains now is to get the job! I feel pretty good about it, but if for some reason it falls through, then I guess my jail nursing/blogging career will be over before it even begins. But let's think positive! :)

This is my first attempt at blogging, so please bear with me. I have a lot to learn. And until I figure out how to set this site up to take your comments/ideas/questions, feel free to send your thoughts in an email to info@jailnurse.com.  One of my main goals is to develop a network of nurses who are currently or were previously employed in corrections or those who are considering it. If you do not want your email to be published, please let me know. Otherwise, I will choose the emails that I feel are most relevant and/or helpful and I will post them on this site . There is so much we can learn from each other and I look forward to hearing from each and every one you!  

During my research on various sites, I've noticed many nurses wanted to know what to expect from a correctional nursing position interview.  Since I just went though the process, I decided to share it with you on the page titled "Correctional LPN Interview Questions". I hope you find it helpful!

Till next time, if you see someone without a smile, give 'em yours!