Arkansas school nurse

  1. I have thought about becoming a school nurse. I live in Southeast Arkansas and was wondering if you had to have your BSN or not and what the going salary is? Have my ADN and 15 years of LPN.
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  3. by   Dimple58
    I don't since I live in Texas. Maybe you could ask a school nurse or the school HR dept. in your area that you wish to work in. Some school districts can vary in accepting RNs, LPNs and degree levels. You may have to check around and choose the one you prefer according to location and pay. Hope that helps.
  4. by   PilotsWifeRN
    Hi glolilly! I am a school nurse in North Carolina and due to the military we will (probably) be relocating to the Little Rock area next year. In NC I was hired by the Health Department. I have sent emails to the HR departments of the school district and the health department trying to discern who is the hiring entity of school nurses in the Little Rock area. I know your question isn't for the Little Rock area but if I get an email response I'll post what I find out.
  5. by   nurseklw72
    I'm a nurse in the Bentonville school district in northwest Arkansas. The nurses in our district are RN's with ADN, BSN & MSN degrees. I hope that answers your question. As far as salary goes. Most of the school districts in the state are paying their nurses roughly $25-30,000/year.
  6. by   bergren
    The Arkansas School Nurse Organization does not have a state association website listed on the national web page € Home

    You can contact the state preseident:
    Arkansas School Nurses Association
    Lisa Drake
    May '07
    draket@arkansas.net
  7. by   spick33
    Quote from nurseklw72
    I'm a nurse in the Bentonville school district in northwest Arkansas. The nurses in our district are RN's with ADN, BSN & MSN degrees. I hope that answers your question. As far as salary goes. Most of the school districts in the state are paying their nurses roughly $25-30,000/year.
    I was just curious about school nursing up in the Bentonville area.
    1. How many school nurses does the Bentonville school district have?
    2. Do they hire new nurses every year (turn over rate)?
    3. How much experience is required and is it possible to get the job with a few years of out of school?

    Also, do you know anything about Vista Health or any of the Psychiatric facilities up in NWA? Thanks.

    Jen
  8. by   spick33
    Originally Posted by nurseklw72
    I'm a nurse in the Bentonville school district in northwest Arkansas. The nurses in our district are RN's with ADN, BSN & MSN degrees. I hope that answers your question. As far as salary goes. Most of the school districts in the state are paying their nurses roughly $25-30,000/year.
    Last edit by spick33 on Mar 27, '07 : Reason: double posted
  9. by   spick33
    Quote from nurseklw72
    I'm a nurse in the Bentonville school district in northwest Arkansas. The nurses in our district are RN's with ADN, BSN & MSN degrees. I hope that answers your question. As far as salary goes. Most of the school districts in the state are paying their nurses roughly $25-30,000/year.

    How much experience does the Bentonville school district require in order to land a school nurse job? Would they considerd a new graduate with their RN? Also, approximately how many nurses are working in your district and how often does a position become available? Do you know anything about Vista Health up in NWA and what they pay as well? Thanks for any information you can give.

    Jen
  10. by   nurseklw72
    Sorry I didn't respond in a more timely manner. Bentonville has 13 nurses in their district. School nursing is hard to get into. Being that it's an easy job with great hours, no one wants to give up their position easily. Usually a position opens up once every couple of years. I know that our director likes to hire nurses that have a few years of experience. Pediatric experience is a must for those working in the elementary schools.
    I don't know much about Vista health.
  11. by   spick33
    So does your director have a stack of resumes from nurses waiting for a position to open up ? How did you get your position as a school nurse, if you don't mind sharing. What do you do with your summers....do you work additional nursing jobs? Thanks.
    jen
  12. by   nurseklw72
    My job was actually a case of being in the right place at the right time. The principal of the school where my son attends needed a part time nurse for a semester and knew I was a nurse. After that, an opening occurred at the high school since the population increased and they needed another nurse on the campus. I transferred there. My director has 6 substitute nurses that fill in for us that are waiting for a full-time position. I'm sure he's got quite a few resumes also.
    I also work PRN at a hospital. I pick up extra shifts during the holiday breaks and the summer.
    I plan to stay in this job maybe 2-3 more years. I'm getting ready to go back to school this fall for my MSN.
  13. by   Dimple58
    I constantly hunted newspapers and school employment sites for openings. Then a lady remarried and relocated after 6 years with that position and I happen to look at the school site just as school was opening. Yes, she left as school was opening. Strange timing but good timing for me because no one probably thought to look then. I and 2 others were interviewed. One had subbed before and had a bad rep, and the other was a Hispanic nurse with some experience. The head nurse preferred me. Nice disposition, good looks. I had lots of nursing exp but necessarily pediatric. But this was for a Junior High School. So search toward the end of school when some retire or decide not to renew their contracts. Last summer I relaxed, this summer I'm looking for something light or part time. I'm not sure if it will be home health or something non-nursing like a telephone home job. 7 more weeks before Summer.
  14. by   Justhere
    Forgot I had posted this, well I believe I am going to start looking into finding a school job. Have a 5 month old daughter and wanted to wait for the new school year so I will probably start putting in resumes at the end of this school year and so that my daughter will older before placing her in daycare.

    Just wondering what all I should expect to do on the job. I don't want to go into this blind.

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