Correctional Career Guide

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Overview

A Correctional Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is a healthcare professional who provides medical care to individuals in correctional facilities, including prisons, jails and detention centers. These nurses play a crucial role in addressing the healthcare needs of incarcerated individuals while ensuring safety and security within the correctional environment.

Essential Job Functions:

Correctional LPNs/LVNs provide a

Education

To become a Correctional LPN/LVN, candidates need to complete a state-approved practical or vocational nursing program and obtain a practical nursing license (LPN) or vocational nursing license (LVN). These programs typically take about one year to complete and include both classroom instruction and clinical experience.

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Related certifications

Candidates for this role should have a valid LPN or LVN license and may need to undergo a background check for working in a correctional facility. Experience in medical-surgical or ambulatory care settings can be beneficial. Becoming a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) could potentially enhance your career and boost your salary.

Skills

Staff and Travel Correctional LPNs/LVNs require a combination of clinical skills, effective communication and adaptability. They must be skilled in providing medical care in a challenging and often unpredictable environment. Compassion, patience and the ability to establish rapport with inmates are essential skills.

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Responsibilities

Correctional LPNs/LVNs are responsible for administering medications, monitoring and documenting inmates' health status, responding to medical emergencies, assisting with medical procedures, educating inmates about their health conditions and collaborating with other healthcare providers and correctional staff.

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$987-2,160/week

The average salary for a Correctional is $1,583.65 per week.

Last updated on July 17, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Correctional LPN/LVN offers both rewards and challenges. These professionals have the opportunity to provide healthcare to an underserved population and make a positive impact on inmates' lives. Working in a correctional facility can provide unique experiences and help LPNs/LVNs develop a strong sense of resilience and adaptability.

However, there are also drawbacks to consider. Correctional healthcare settings can be

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Correctional Jobs


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Travel LPN / LVN - Correctional

  • Galesburg, IL
  • Genie Healthcare
  • 5x8 hrs, Evenings

$2,200/week

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Travel LPN / LVN - Correctional

  • Vienna, IL
  • Genie Healthcare
  • 5x8 hrs, Days, Evenings, Nights

$2,200/week

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Posted 4 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel LPN / LVN - Correctional

  • Taylorville, IL
  • Genie Healthcare
  • 5x8 hrs, Days, Evenings, Nights

$2,200/week

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Posted 4 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel LPN / LVN - Correctional

  • Sumner, IL
  • Genie Healthcare
  • 5x8 hrs, Days, Evenings, Nights

$2,200/week

Estimated pay package
Posted 4 days ago

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