Prison nurses need a good knowledge of the criminal justice system and how it relates to their role. Prison nurses are surrounded by support staff with officers ready to step in when necessary but there is a risk of violence and verbal abuse so conflict management skills will be important to have.
Prison nurses need to be:
The tasks a prison nurse performs can vary according to the type of prison and level of healthcare services provided; however, they will generally include:
Prison nurses usually work from the prison healthcare department and are employed by the NHS or by organisation delivering services on behalf of the NHS. Occasionally they are directly employed by the Prison Service.
Prison nurses work in all types of prisons, including: high secure units, open prisons, women’s prisons or young offenders’ institutes.