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INFOGRAPHIC: Correctional Nurses

100-PO040 (R 05/2019)


(Alexandra Barton , DOC Communications)

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Did You Know?

The Department of Corrections employs over 400 nurses to provide nursing care to inmates during their confinement at its correctional facilities.

Correctional nurses are one part security, one part ER nurse, one part primary care nurse, and if working in an infirmary, one part critical care nurse.

What Nurses Do
  • Administer Medication
  • Monitor patients’ progress and responses to medical treatment.
  • Monitor medical supplies and medication.
Salary Data

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Per the U.S. Bureau of Statistics the 2017 median annual wages for registered nurses is as follows:

  • Government – $75,900
  • Hospitals – $72,070
  • Ambulatory Healthcare – $66,300
  • Nursing and Residential Care – $62,320
  • Educational Services – $60,300
  1. "Healthcare Careers", Washington State Department of Corrections
  2. "Registered Nurses: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics," United States Department of Labor
  3. "Correctional Nursing," International Association of Forensic Nurses