Travel Correctional Nursing Jobs

Correctional nurses are registered nurses who specialize in providing care to patients who are incarcerated in some type of correctional facility. They assess, diagnose, and treat inmates with the same level of expertise as nurses at any hospital or clinic, but with distinct differences like stricter protocols and heightened safety and security measures. Despite the potential safety risks, many correctional nurses find their work rewarding and find themselves in-demand to support the needs of an underserved population.

Correctional nurses are highly sought-after specialists and you’ll find various correctional nursing jobs on Vivian at facilities around the United States.

We currently have 51 matching Correctional Nursing jobs.

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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Crosswicks, New Jersey
Medical Staffing Services Inc
5 days ago
RN, preferably with BSN or MSN, to join our management team in delivering high quality health care in state corrections facilites. Previous correctional healthcare experience would ...
$55/hr
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Clinton, New Jersey
Medical Staffing Services Inc
5 days ago
RN, preferably with BSN or MSN, to join our management team in delivering high quality health care in state corrections facilites. Previous correctional healthcare experience would ...
$55/hr
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Medical Staffing Services Inc
5 days ago
RN, preferably with BSN or MSN, to join our management team in delivering high quality health care in state corrections facilites. Previous correctional healthcare experience would ...
$55/hr
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Monroe Township, New Jersey
Medical Staffing Services Inc
5 days ago
RN, preferably with BSN or MSN, to join our management team in delivering high quality health care in state corrections facilites. Previous correctional healthcare experience would ...
$55/hr
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Delmont, New Jersey
Medical Staffing Services Inc
5 days ago
RN, preferably with BSN or MSN, to join our management team in delivering high quality health care in state corrections facilites. Previous correctional healthcare experience would ...
$55/hr
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Morris Township, New Jersey
Medical Staffing Services Inc
5 days ago
Seeking RN with 1 year of experience and current NJ RN licensure to work in correction facility for days or evenings with rotating weekend requirements.
$40/hr
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Vacaville, California
Supplemental Health Care
3 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a Corrections Facility in Vacaville, CA to provide a qualified Trav ...
$3,479/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Aberdeen, Washington
Supplemental Health Care
5 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a correctional institution in Aberdeen, WA to hire a travel correct ...
$2,303/wk
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Bakersfield, California
Lead Healthstaff
14 days ago
We need a Corrections Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $2257.20 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead Healt ...
$2,257/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Denver, Colorado
Supplemental Health Care
8 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a correctional institution in Denver, CO to hire a travel correctio ...
$2,209/wk
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Las Animas, Colorado
IDR Healthcare
3 months ago
IDR Job ID #30991. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 48 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: Correctio ...
$2,190/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Canton, Georgia
Supplemental Health Care
4 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a correctional institution in Canton, GA to hire a travel correctio ...
$2,147/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Columbus, Georgia
Supplemental Health Care
6 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a correctional institution in Columbus, GA to hire a travel correct ...
$2,147/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Cañon City, Colorado
Supplemental Health Care
7 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a correctional institution in Canon City, CO to hire an RN for a tr ...
$2,147/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Sterling, Colorado
Supplemental Health Care
7 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider, partnering with a Correctional Facility – in Sterling, CO in search of a Registere ...
$2,147/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Buena Vista, Colorado
Supplemental Health Care
7 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a correctional institution in Buena Vista, CO to hire a travel corr ...
$2,147/wk
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Auberdeen, Washington
Malone Healthcare - Nursing
5 days ago
Malone Healthcare is looking for a Correctional Registered Nurse to join our team. In this role, you provide care to our patients and support to their families. Common tasks includ ...
$2,067/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Montgomery, Alabama
Supplemental Health Care
7 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a correctional facility located in Montgomery, AL. -Assignment Leng ...
$1,931/wk
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Walla Walla, Washington
Malone Healthcare - Nursing
5 days ago
Malone Healthcare is looking for a Correctional Registered Nurse to join our team. In this role, you provide care to our patients and support to their families. Common tasks includ ...
$1,907/wk
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Airway Heights, Washington
Malone Healthcare - Nursing
5 days ago
Malone Healthcare is looking for a Correctional Registered Nurse to join our team. In this role, you provide care to our patients and support to their families. Common tasks includ ...
$1,907/wk
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Registered Nurse - Correctional
Monroe, Washington
Malone Healthcare - Nursing
5 days ago
Malone Healthcare is looking for a Correctional Registered Nurse to join our team. In this role, you provide care to our patients and support to their families. Common tasks includ ...
$1,907/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Boulder, Montana
Supplemental Health Care
4 days ago
Job Description:As one of the leading health employment agencies in the U.S., Supplemental Health Care knows how to support RNs in their careers. We're working with correctional fa ...
$1,625/wk
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Travel Registered Nurse - Correctional
Hookerton, North Carolina
Supplemental Health Care
4 days ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a Corrections Facility in Hookerton, NC to provide a qualified Trav ...
$1,548/wk
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Correctional Nursing FAQs

What does a correctional nurse do?

Correctional nurses are the first point of contact for incarcerated individuals requiring health care. They typically handle a broad range of medical problems, administering routine and emergency care to treat chronic and acute illnesses/conditions and all types of injuries. Some common duties may include: 

  • Documenting inmates’/patients’ medical histories

  • Performing drug screenings and collecting samples for lab tests

  • Providing routine health care to inmates with chronic conditions

  • Providing initial assessments, diagnoses, and treatments

  • Handling acute/traumatic injuries, such as broken or dislocated bones and stab wounds

  • Stabilizing seriously ill or injured prisoners until they can be transferred

  • Dressing wounds and changing wound dressings

  • Administering scheduled and as needed medications under strict supervision

  • Monitoring patient’s progress and response to treatment

  • Determining whether patients need higher levels of care outside the correctional facility

  • Educating inmates on their diagnoses and medical care

  • Providing health counseling to inmates/patients

  • Maintaining records of medications and medical supplies per facility procedures and state regulations

  • Maintaining protocols and safety procedures as dictated by state/federal governments

  • Overseeing ancillary staff including LPNs and LVNs

Where do correctional nurses work?

Correctional nurses may work for government agencies or private corporations that contract with the government to provide correctional health services. In these positions, they provide direct patient care to inmates in correctional facilities, including federal and state penitentiaries, private prisons, community corrections centers, and city and county jails. Correctional nurses may also find employment at juvenile detention centers, halfway houses, and secure group homes for young offenders.

What skills make a good correctional nurse?

Correctional nurses have diverse responsibilities and encounter a wide range of health issues, so good correctional nurses have an extensive skill set that allows them to handle chronic medical conditions, traumatic injuries, acute illnesses, infectious diseases, mental health issues, and substance abuse. They treat incarcerated patients with objectivity and respect no matter the crime(s) they may have committed, providing compassionate care while always adhering to important security protocols and remaining ever vigilant to their personal safety.

Good correctional nurses are confident and can work autonomously when necessary. They have strong critical-thinking, problem-solving, and assessment skills to promptly provide appropriate care, sometimes with limited supplies and equipment. Correctional nurses react quickly to emergencies and possess good judgment in knowing when to seek additional resources.

How to become a Correctional Travel Nurse

It’s possible to become a correctional nurse with an LPN or LVN license but given the wide range of responsibilities, health issues, and required skills of a correctional nurse, many facilities prefer to hire RNs. Becoming a correctional RN requires an ADN or BSN from an accredited nursing program, passing the NCLEX exam, and completing all state licensing requirements. Newly licensed nurses should gain some experience in traditional nursing settings with experience in an emergency care setting helpful but not necessarily required.

Once hired as a correctional nurse, be prepared to undergo additional training to prepare for this career. Training often covers safety and security issues RNs in traditional settings won’t typically need. Because correctional nurses encounter emergency medical situations that may require them to perform life-saving procedures, obtaining Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certifications will likely be required.

While voluntary, many correctional nurses also seek certifications to demonstrate their specialized knowledge and skills related to working in correctional facilities. The National Commission on Correctional Health Care offers the Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP-RN) designation for RNs. The American Correctional Association also offers Certified Corrections Nurse credentialing for licensed RNs with one year of work experience in correctional nursing.

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Registered Nurse - Correctional
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