Patricia Bautista of Oxford paid $842 in reimbursements for the stolen drugs and must serve two years' probation.
The registered nurse was employed by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She worked at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility and the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility, both in Clinton.
She admitted stealing nearly 6,000 pills, ranging from pain medications to antibiotics and vitamins, from the Edna Mahan facility.
The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking.