I considered doing the same. Feedback from employees within the prison system (mostly nurses) is that providers are extremely understaffed. They work very long/hard hours on a salary which is much lower than you would make outside of a state position/job. I am not sure if these positions are overtime eligible or not.
A pension would be nice, but those who I spoke with said... "Run and don't look back."
So I pretty much want opinions on whether or not I should bother applying this cycle since it's so late in the game.
I have a 3.79 overall GPA, 3.8 science GPA
Havent taken my GRE yet...
3000 hours+ as an Emergency dept nursing technician
LOR's from a charge nurse, supervisor and head of the biomedical sciences dpt at my university
Hit me with more questions/opinions/idk?????
I have been practicing pretty much Primary Care since I graduated. Current job pays really well and I have a sweet schedule (4 days a week weds off) but only have a 401k. They match my contribution up to 7%
I'm middle aged and have really started thinking about retirement (as well as my mortality which I suppose is normal at my age lol). The 401k and my other retirement accounts will likely give me some money for retirement but with SS not being a certainty and the rising costs of living in my area, I am unsure if retirement will be as good as I hope it will be.
I have been thinking about finding a job with a pension plan. Only jobs I have found near me with pensions are Kaiser or the prisons system. County has a pension plan but only hires NPs (What's up wid Dat?) California has a bunch of PA jobs in the prisons and have pensions and 401k. Pension vests in 5 years but it would be a huge pay cut and well... I'd have to work in the prison, so there's that... Anyone work in prisons? What's it like?
Any input appreciated.
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