Personal characteristics and skills required (prison nursing)

This page has information on the personal characteristics and skills needed for 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 your role will also help. Conflict management skills will be important for a job in prison nursing as there is a risk of violence and verbal abuse.

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On a daily basis you’ll need to use a broad range of skills, including:

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 funded by the NHS. In nursing, these values are defined by the 6Cs, part of the Leading Change, Adding Value framework:

Find out more about Leading Change, Adding Value.

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