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Working Behind Bars-Prison CNA Jobs

Certified Nursing assistants don't only work in nursing facilities and hospitals, they may also find employment in prisons and other correctional facilities. In fact, the need and opportunities for correctional health care nursing assistants has grown with the increase in prison populations and the recognition that additional on-site care of inmates is needed.
Education and Experience Requirements:
To become employed as a CNA in a correctional institute, you must meet the certification requirements of the state in which you will work. 

  • Completion of and certified as a Nursing Assistant
  • Experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant (usually 1-2 year experience)
  • CPR certified by the American Heart Association or by the Red Cross

Qualification for the this type of job may also include a background check, drug urinalysis screening and a current resume sent to the prison. Most jails and prisons will not hire smokers. Several require that you haven’t smoked for at least 6 months before even applying for a position with them.
Work Conditions
CNAs will go through safety and security training that is specific to the correctional facility before beginning work.  Work will be generally performed in a clinical setting. However, vitals are for the most part done through the bars. You will be assisting  with direct patient care procedures and performing routine procedures under the supervision of a nurse. The level of care will vary depending on the individual needs of the patient.  For your safety you can expect to be on camera all of the time. 

Your position as a correctional Certified Nursing Assistant will comprise working alongside the Nursing staff. The Nurses will be the medical professionals that you deal with the most. You will be providing assistance with whatever comes up, the nursing staff needs to know they can rely on you. This means showing up as scheduled, completing your tasks to the best of your ability, and paying attention to detail. You will need to remember just like any other CNA job the patient is in your care must be treated with dignity and respect at all times.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Correctional Certified Nursing Assistant?
Is this the job for you? It is important to have patience in this job, as well as a certain level of maturity, along with a high degree of self-confidence.  To help you determine whether or not this particular type of employment setting would be a good place to work is to talk with other CNA's in this type of job. Ask questions and find about their work and what they do and don't like about the workplace.

Employment as a Correctional Nursing Assistant can offer you a unique opportunity to explore a different avenues of the medical field. For those who want to dig a little deeper, try looking up ‘Correctional or Jail CNA jobs’ online and see what kind of offers are available.