Potter County Detention Center short its only registered nurse

The Potter County Detention Center works with a nine member medical team: four licensed vocational nurses, four paramedics and one registered nurse.

The Potter County Detention Center is one nurse short in a nine member medical team, and it hopes to fill the position soon.

The detention center currently houses nearly 460 inmates; its medical team cares for no less than 15 inmates at any given time, plus the inmates in all other pods. It has four licensed vocational nurses, four paramedics and one registered nurse whose position has yet to be filled, and according to officials may be difficult to do.

"A lot of those nurses want to do those three-10 hour days and call it good, so to try and find someone here to do 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is hard," Sheriff Brian Thomas said.

Thomas said it's a tough job, but rewarding and the other nurses agree.

"It's a rewarding job in a lot of ways, but it's a hard job in a lot of ways," Nurse Nancy Kirby said. "We're working with people right off the street, and we're working with people who come in on drugs, alcohol, we have mental patients and we need someone that understands all those areas."

Sheriff Thomas said they've had to fill the position three times in the last five years, and said it takes a registered nurse willing to adjust to a not-so-typical schedule, plus somewhat of a pay cut.

"It's not the norm for what a RN makes, but it's pretty comparable," Thomas said.

Base salary for the position is $57,432 and a raise after two years. Thomas said until the position is filled the detention center will continue to work with an eight-member medical team.