Everything You Need to Know About Correctional Nursing
The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 44 percent of state prisoners and 39 percent of federal inmates suffer from medical conditions. Correctional nurses are those who care for and manage the health of inmates in prisons, juvenile detention centers and other correctional settings. Correctional nurses diagnose and treat both acute and chronic health problems, from influenza to substance abuse or cancer. Correctional nurses usually have more autonomy in making decisions and can choose the kind of patients they’d like to work with. They also have the chance to address healthcare challenges that are less often seen in the general population, since many inmates have had poor living conditions and lack of medical care.
$45,000 - $110,000
Annual Salary Range
LPN or LVN minimum; ASN or BSN optional
RN, plus Correctional Health Professional certification (CCHP)