Why should I consider working in correctional healthcare?
You can make a difference every day! A career in correctional healthcare can be a very rewarding one. While caring for a population that is in such high need, you would gain experience in a wide array of medical specialities.
Does correctional healthcare offer a safe environment?
Safety is the #1 priority within a correctional facility. Our environments are controlled and secure, so it is actually one of the safest places that a clinician can work.
What is a typical day within correctional healthcare?
As in most healthcare settings, there is no “typical” day. A career in correctional health encompasses urgent care, infirmary care, specialty & chronic care, and patient education.
What would my schedule or hours include?
Schedules and hours vary at each site, so this would be something that is discussed during the interview/ pre-employment process.
Would I work for the county government or for NaphCare?
NaphCare employs the clinical team within the correctional facility, so they are employed with NaphCare and not a government entity. However, our team members at the site work alongside government employees on a daily basis.
What type of training/orientation will I receive?
NaphCare knows the importance of making sure our teammates have the right resources to be successful in their roles. The training process is customized to meet the needs of each facility and team member. For those that use TechCare®, there is hands-on training with a super-user provided. There is also one-on-one training that is specific to your role, in addition to online education modules. There is typically additional orientation to be completed with the correctional facility regarding their safety procedures, etc.
To learn more about training, you can view our New Hire Training video.
What is the EHR system?
TechCare® is a user-friendly, comprehensive EHR software system that is tailored to meet the needs of correctional facilities. It was designed by those that actually use the system, our very own NaphCare clinicians. It makes providing care faster, more efficient, and more accurate.
Is there a specialty certification for correctional nurse?
Like other specialities in nursing, correctional nursing also offers a certification, CCHP-RN that demonstrates a higher level of knowledge/ prestige in this field. This certification is not required to work in corrections.
Why is there such an extensive jail clearance/ background process?
The jail is responsible for keeping everyone safe, including our patients. They require NaphCare team members to go through the same clearance process as they do for their jail staff. The jail clearance process and timeframe varies among sites. This should be discussed during the on-boarding process so that each new team member has a clear understanding of this process.
What skills are important for a clinician in this type of environment?
NaphCare clinicians must possess strong assessment skills, eagerness to learn, desire to give high quality care, patience, passion to help others, and the ability to leave prejudices at the door. A clinician job within a correctional setting is one that requires quick and critical thinking.