Personal characteristics and skills required (prison nursing)

Your personality and communication skills are crucial components of being a prison nurse. 

 A good knowledge of the criminal justice system and how it relates to the role also helps. 

Nurse shining light in patient's eye

This page has information on the personal characteristics and skills needed for prison nursing. Examples of these are:

  • communication
  • resilience
  • patience
  • problem solving
  • decision making
  • compassion
  • autonomy
  • evidence-based practice
  • prioritisation

Conflict management skills will be important for a job in prison nursing as there is a risk of violence and verbal abuse.

Values and behaviours

If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services, you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you are applying for a university course with placements in the NHS.

Find out more about the NHS values.

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