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GR ADUAT I ON
Christina Messer at work in front of the
Jefferson County Detention Center
applying everywhere. There weren't
a lot of jobs, and my options were
limited. I felt I couldn't wait for the
perfect opportunity, " Messer recalls.
Presented with two options - a position
at a nursing home or one at the
Jefferson County Detention Center
- she chose the latter. " It helped that
my aunt worked as an LPN at the facility.
She convinced me to give it a try. "
CORRECTIONAL NURSING IS
OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD
The first to admit she had her doubts,
Messer says, " It didn't sound that appealing,
but my family really needed
the benefits. " From personal safety
concerns to the unique populations
served to lack of resources, correctional
nursing is often misunderstood. " I had
the same biases as the general public
about working in a jail. I wondered
about my safety and the type of patients
and situations I would encounter. "
Once she let go of her preconceptions,
she discovered that this type of nursing
was a perfect fit.
Courtesy
of Susan
Baggett
Initially hired into a Charge Nurse
position, Messer had to learn to be a
nurse and a leader at the same time.
" That was extremely challenging. But
I fell into something that works for me
and suited my personality. "
Nursing Behind Bars:
Christina Messer
By Dana Brandorff
W
CU College of Nursing | December 2021
hen RN to BS student Christina Messer first graduated
with her associate degree in nursing in 2013
it was the tail end of the recession. At the time,
Messer was a full-time student and mother, and like
many people she was struggling financially. " I was
Messer says that correctional nursing
is probably safer than working in an
ER. Yes, fights break out. Yes, the
population has a high incidence of
mental illness and homelessness. Yes,
it can be extremely stressful. But what
nursing job isn't?
According to Messer, " I am never
alone with the inmates. There's always
a deputy present. So, in some
respects it's actually safer than in a
hospital, ER or urgent care. I know
what to expect and am prepared. "

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