Job profile - Nurse

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Nurses are the cornerstone of the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) Health Services operations. They are the primary health care providers for federal offenders. Nation-wide, we employ more than 700 nurses. They work in clinics located in our institutions.

The role of a nurse at CSC is to provide every inmate with essential health care and reasonable access to non-essential mental health care. These contribute to the inmate's rehabilitation and successful reintegration into the community.

The services provided in our clinics are within the same range that can be found in your community. They specialize, however in services that reflect the needs of the inmate population. For example, special attention is paid to:

  • infectious disease prevention and control
  • methadone maintenance programs
  • inmate suicide prevention
  • enhanced discharge care planning
  • mental health interventions

Nurses at CSC are more autonomous than the average nurse in the community. You are often called upon to make your own decisions. You make your decisions based on experience, judgement, and clinical assessment skills. You will also work closely with other professionals at CSC with the common goal of making a difference in the lives of offenders.