Hello everyone, I would love some input from either school nurses who later worked in a hospital or hospital nurses who either themselves came from school nursing first or have coworkers who did. My issue is, I recently graduated from nursing school
(with my Masters, I did a direct-entry program) and am interviewing this week for a school nurse position. Ideally I'd like to work on an in-patient floor one day, but the way the job market is in my area, it is almost impossible to get a decent hospital job straight out of school with no experience. My question is, do you think if I got ~ 1 year of school nursing experience, that would count toward the minimum 1 year hospitals seem to be looking for and I could go work on an in-patient unit?? Or is it not "clinical" enough experience. I know school nurses do a lot in regards to meds, diabetes management, handling respiratory emergencies, etc., but do HR departments and nurse managers in hospitals see it that way???
Also, ultimately I want to get my NP anyway, if anyone can speak on if NP programs accept school nurses (most programs require like 1-2 years of "professional nursing experience") I would love to hear!
Any input would be much appreciated!!