I used to work as a full-time school nurse then took several years off to raise kids then went back to subbing as a school nurse. I'm now working in a hospital and I like the actual work better. The only things I don't like are working holidays, being on my feet for 12 hrs, and not seeing my kids more than an hour or so the days I work. However, I only work 2 days a week so I get a lot of time off which I love. My biggest problem is the first day after I work I'm totally exhausted and achey all over and I'm having back/foot issues from being on my feet so much. (By the second day off I'm pretty good to go.)I have another 25 yrs to work. I am still subbing as a school nurse occasionally just to keep my foot in the door but I'm getting tired of working two jobs. My school nurse supervisor wants me to go full-time as soon as a job opening becomes available. I'm really wavering because I like only working 2 days a week (even if they are long days), I like using more nursing skills, I get more respect as a nurse in the hospital compared to the school where all the teachers constantly second-guessed my decision to not send a student home, and I make better money by several dollars more an hour. The pitfalls are I'm not sure if I can physically keep up the pace, the 14 hr days, and all the stressors the hospital brings from management, holidays, short-staffing, etc. So, I just wanted to know if others had left school nursing and if they were happy in the long-run with their decision.