Can a LPN be a school Nurse

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    Can a LPN be a middle school Nurse 6,7, & 8th graders?
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    i don't believe they can.. i think because a LPN cannot do a inital assesment .. and being a school nurse requires a degree,, as a RN would have... all the school nurses i have worked with in the past have been RN's..i do know 3 school nurses now.. one is a RN , ADN and 2 are RN BSN's... i have 6 kids so through the years , school nurses and i have gotten to know each other very well..lol...
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    It varies by state and by district. Some districts (especially smaller ones) do hire LPNs who work under an RN (there may be one for the whole district or several who oversee things). Other districts require an RN. Some even require a BSN, a School Nurse certification, or a teacher's certification! If you are interested, look into the districts in your area and see what they require. Good luck!
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    I would only be comfortable doing it if there were an RN present, because we can't do initial assessments; at least not in New York.
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    yes LVN/LPN can be school nurses in my area im in CA you are of course under the RN but you are pretty much own your own because the RN over see the whole district along with maybe another RN
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    School districts in my area of PA hire LPN's. As others have said, there's an RN for the whole district and she/he won't necessarily be in the same building.
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    In my area, LPN's can be "substitute" nurses under the oversight of the district RN or can be working in a school that has an RN also. Some of our city high schools use NP"s and then it makes sense that the other nurse(s) could be LPN's. A lot depends upon where you live, not just state, but area within the state. Schools prefer BSN nurses if available because some schools have the nurse teach health classes, etc.
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    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I would only be comfortable doing it if there were an RN present, because we can't do initial assessments; at least not in New York.

    I see plenty of job openings for school nurses that are LPN's. I'm in NY too...
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    My mother worked as a school nurse while being a LPN. I worked as a CNA for a school that only had a nurse that parttime. So guess who was doing assessments, giving meds and etc ? I was.... we had a very structured policy and my boss was only one call away if ever I saw something that was way out the norm. So some places have LPNs some have RNS some health cnas with RNs in the building partime.
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    All depends on what state you are in, each state has a Nurse Practice (Scope of practice) here in AZ, LPNs can be school nurses, but the pay is horrible, its about 15/hr to start.. RN start at 20 I think..


    Quote from KIMYNURSE2B
    Can a LPN be a middle school Nurse 6,7, & 8th graders?


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