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Correctional Nursing

Everything You Need to Know about Correctional Nursing

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.

Preparation Path

Earn a BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Work in a correctional setting for at least one year

Earn CCHP certification

Typical Tasks

  • Diagnosing and treating both acute and chronic health conditions
  • Treating patients with unknown medical histories
  • Relating to patients who come from challenging backgrounds
  • Dealing with the risks of mental illness and violence
  • Educating patients about ongoing health and wellness

Employment Settings

  • Prisons/penitentiaries
  • Jails
  • Juvenile detention facilities
  • Other correctional settings

Annual Salary Range

$53,293 – $67,915


RN, plus Correctional Health Professional certification (CCHP)

Education Requirements


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Ready to take the first step to become a correctional nurse?