Quote from heathert_kc
My pediatric home health agency once had a few shifts available at a preschool that I picked up. It was kind of fun, but mostly boring and uneventful. The principal had even suggested that I apply for the position as the were looking for a permanent person. It was in a more urban district and the pay wasn't very good, but it is possible. I know in the nicer suburban districts closer to where I live they only hire RNs, most just those with bachelors degrees even.
Somedays it is boring and uneventful, but others are not. I do mostly high school...and remember..I'm not the real nurse..I'm just a substitute assistant. Last week the nurse had 3 new pregnant girls in one day. While I was covering for her lunch period.. in walked a type I diabetic who's sugar was so low that she was unable to check it herself and wasn't responding to my request to PO juice from a straw...little cake frosting (the canned kind you buy in the grocery store that is unsuitable for eating and putting on cakes.... but good to raise blood sugar) to the gums did the trick and she started to PO again. This fall, one of our school nurses had a "code"....a grandmother collaped of a heart attack and the the nurse and a teacher used the AED and CPR to revive her before the paramedics arrived.
Besides that, there are regular health screanings...and then the special needs students who may have complex medical needs....G tubes, caths...even kids on vents. After I retired I thought I'd never have to suction the snot out of a trach again....but I was wrong! There is also lots of teaching...to the students and the staff. Its not just bandaids and cuts and scrapes...which is what I thought it was when I was still doing PICU/NICU.
I work in a large urban district where the pay is better than the burbs.....but the nurse (the real nurse...not me,,,I do very little actual nursing) earns every penny.