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Correctional Nursing

A correctional nurse delivers evidenced-based nursing to optimize health and abilities, while advocating for individuals, families, and communities under the jurisdiction of the justice system with care and respect.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
You’ll encounter a wide range of situations, from injuries and contagious diseases to mental illness and substance abuse.
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What you’ll do


You’ll make sure safety standards are met and maintain patient records and supplies.


You’ll diagnose and treat patients onsite and refer them to hospitals and specialists in other locations when needed.

Where you’ll work
  • Jails & prisons
  • Juvenile Detention Centers
How to become a Correctional Facility Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


Get your Correctional Health Professional Certification from the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.


You’re ready to work as a Certified Correctional Health Professional.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Correctional Facility Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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