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Correctional Facility Nurse

LPN/LVN Certification

A Correctional Facility Nurse provides care for patients in prisons, jails, penitentiaries, and juvenile detention centers. These nurses treat inmates for issues like trauma and influenza, and treat chronic health problems like AIDS infection, substance abuse, and mental illness. Correctional Facility Nurses also have the unique ability to choose the kind of patients they would like to work with, as well as the kind of setting they would prefer to work with them in.

Things You'll Do:

  • Provide medical support
  • Treat patients with unknown medical histories

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Certification
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • Work as a Registered Nurse for a year in a correctional facility.
  • Pass Your
    Correctional Health Professional certification exam
  • Become a
    Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP)

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  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Jails
    • Prisons
    • Juvenile detention centers

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of an inmate, helping someone who might not have ever received proper healthcare in their life.

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