Thursday, April 20, 2006
I typed the words "behind bars" into google and it gave me these images. I love this photo, it really captures the feel of the jail. I am into my second week on the new job. I have been learning so much. An LPN working in corrections has to be very light on her feet as she never stops moving all day. There are a ton of meds to dispense, actually this is almost like being a pharmacy technician combined with a statistics auditor. There are lists of new inmates, lists of transfers, lists of moves and lists of court dates. All these lists have to be constantly updated. I have learned how to do a spreadsheet now. On the whole I feel very safe there. The only time I feel a bit nervous is when we occasionally have to go into the pods like the photo below. The place I work is newer although the layout is similar. But on the whole, the guys are fairly pleasant. You just have to constantly be aware of who is around you, and to watch your back. Its a long day, but it goes so fast. I have signed on as casual so that I can have some control over what hours I work. Already I have people asking if I am going to take a regular position. I am declining that just now. I haven't had any flexibility in my schedule for the last seven years. I don't intend on getting so pinned down for a while. Staying casual means I work when I want to. So I can work around appointments and kids activities, etc. So now I am off to bed to get some rest and prepare my mind for tomorrow. I am booked to work the next couple of weeks on evenings. So no Karaokee for me for a while. Guess Ill just have to sing in jail. Ill know I am getting the hang of it when I start singing on the job!