Quote from Jeanine
I started at a middle school because like you, I get along better with the older kids. I like when I can joke with them, which is hard with the little ones. I also like when they can tell me what's wrong and I don't have to ask a million questions. I like to treat them like young adults and not have to do everything for them. I enjoy talking to them about the problems they are experiencing at their age. I also enjoy health class with 7th and 8th graders. We talk about drug and ETOH problems, MVA's, and the things I've seen in my 14 years in the ER. We discuss sex and STD's, date rape, etc. After all of this, I would find the little kids boring.
Go with what works for you!!!
That sounds JUST like me! I haven't found anyone with the same opinion yet...I just got out of nursing school and all my classmates hated working with the teenagers, or if they did like it, they didn't know why.
I wouldn't mind trying school nursing some day...I think it would be awesome. My placements in nursing school, I did one in a daycare, teaching small kids, and I did one in a group home with teenagers and one in a high school, teaching health classes once a week to a family living course, and during my public health rotation, we spent a lot of time in the schools, my preceptor and I. I LOVED it. I love being able to teach people about things both they and I have an interest in. And I really do like the school setting.
Do schools in the US tend to hire nurses or is it done through public health? I'm from Canada, and where I lived, it was all run through public health, there was no specific "school nurse." Just someone from Public Health that came in from time to time, and may or may not have an office in the school.