Unexpected Job Opportunity You Have Not Thought About- CNAs in Prisons

Job opportunities in the medical field come in surprising places. While hospitals, doctors offices, nursing homes and home health care agencies are always hiring, one place that many people do not even consider are jails and prisons. Every prison facility in the country has on-site medical care, and these jobs can be lucrative and rewarding.

As most jails and prisons are run by local or state governments, the people they hire are often government employees, meaning these jobs come with great pay and medical benefits as well as retirement packages. Many people in the nursing profession who take jobs at these facilities stay on for long periods of time. Though the environment can be tough, it can also be very rewarding.

Health care in prisons is improving and, as such, quality medical staff is in demand. From doctors to nurses to certified nurse’s assistants, are called upon to deliver medical care in these unique environments.

Though some prospective prison employees are concerned about safety in the workplace, the truth is that jails and prisons can be some of the safest places to work. The prisoners are always under guard and their movement throughout the facility is tightly controlled. The civilian staff are important, especially to the inmates, and are always treated with respect.

A care giver’s role inside a prison or jail is basically the same as it is any other place in the medical field. The patients are still suffering from the same ailments that elderly patients must deal with, though the seniors in this environment may be less likely to admit they are in pain or dealing with depression. The prison environment is different, but in the role of elder care, the CNA’s job is almost always the same and the emotional rewards that come from helping others is just as enriching.

There may be some elderly inmates that will challenge the CNA’s ability to offer assistance. When working in a prison, it is a fact that the elderly inmates are almost always criminals that committed serious, sometimes horrible crimes that will conflict with the compassion that is innate in all caregivers. This is usually the hardest part of the job. By the time most inmates have reached old age, they have worked hard to change their behaviors and some have played a key role in helping younger inmates find learning outlets, or have acted as role models to younger inmates that are in deep remorse about their own crimes.

No matter the case, humans are humans and eventually we all need help in our later years.