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I am pondering becoming a school nurse. I think I would like it and it would be a good match for my personality. But I have heard about many nurses doing school nursing and finding it too monotonous... Read More

  1. Visit  dfs1961 profile page
    #26 0
    In Massachusetts, entry level is an RN-BSN. You need to be nationally certified as a school nurse OR have your masters in nursing or education within 5 years to get your professional licensure as a school nurse (you can ask for a 5 year extension). An LPN would not qualify in Massachusetts.
  2. Visit  100kids profile page
    #27 0
    I am in NY and here an RN is required as well.
  3. Visit  NutmeggeRN profile page
    #28 0
    NH met be registered nurse or if an LPN work under the direct supervision of an RN
  4. Visit  ctillett profile page
    #29 0
    I have been a nurse since 1970, I have worked in many fields including ER, Med/Surg, Administration, Office Nurse, and Home Health. I can say without a doubt that School Nursing for the last 12 years is my favorite. I think you have to be in the school of your choice, meaning Elementary, Middle School or High School. I have done all of them, but I find High School is my favorite I think each campus needs nurses that like that age group.
  5. Visit  Vtachy1 profile page
    #30 1
    I am in a predicament. I started at the beginning fo the year in school nursing. I do like it. I love the hours. I love the low stress. I love being able to sleep because my cortisol seems to be in much better control now!!! I do NOT love working with a bunch of XX chromosome people. I have to admit that it is very very very hard. Women gossip and they gossip a lot. They are so mean to each other and to me. If it weren't for that I would stay but I am being torn right now as to what to do. I kept my job with Hospice, I work during the weekends and summers there, mainly because I was scared to death of not having an income during the summer. 3 months is a long time without a paycheck! But in one year we will have our mortgage paid off and no debt whatsoever. So I don't know which job to cut out, the hospice or the school???? I do not want to do both. I hate doing both. It defeats the purpose of having holidays and weekends off when I am working all my weekends and holidays with hospice. I love hospice and I love the work, I hate our manager she is a total rip and complete jerk. But I love most of the other hospice team. I do not know what to do!! I am really stressed about it because I don't know which job to get rid of. My kids are both in a lot of after school activities, which is why I took the school job, so that I would not have to miss all their ball games as I did when I worked with Hospice. This has been great because I never missed one of my DS ballgames and I was home to eat supper with them every night and help with homework. With hospice I left the house before everyone woke up and I returned many times when everyone was in bed. There was never any break! If I do hospice only, this time I am going to tell them weekends only and holidays, I will only be PRN and I would have to stick to my guns about not allowing them to rule my entire life, because I only have 5 more years with my dks in the house and them my role of being an active part of their lives is done. I don't want to be the absent mom ever again!! It was not good. My dh is very supportive of either job I take. I miss being off during the week sometimes with my school job. I miss being able to schedule hair and doctor and dentist appts. What would you do???? I always said I would go back to hospice after my kids were grown because I feel that God gave me a special love for people in their final chapter of life. I love hospice nursing have done it for 2 1/2 years now.
  6. Visit  Nurse ABC profile page
    #31 1
    If you work weekends at hospice are you going to miss ball games and family activities? With only a few years left with your kids in the house I'm suprised you would want to work holidays too. That's awesome you will be able to choose what you want having all your debt paid off! Are you planning on helping with college, kid's car insurance, gas, etc? Those are things to take into consideration as well. It sounds like you like the hospice job better but the hours of the school job. If your family is ok with the holiday/weekend job then take it since you like it better but if they aren't totally on board with it wait a few more years. There will always be hospice jobs available and you're kids will be gone before you know it! You may also consider subbing as a school nurse instead where you can pick which days you want to work but not get caught up in all the politics!!
  7. Visit  Shellaaay10x profile page
    #32 0
    Quote from Jhughlet
    I'm an LPN considering employment as a school nurse. Do those of you working as an RN school nurse feel an LPN is qualified?
    I am a lvn here in the Bay Area and I work as a support nurse under what they call the credentialed nurses. The credentialed nurses are the ones that take care of the iep's, screenings, etc. I work under the credentialed nurse, which is in charge of several schools. I switch between 3 schools but I am also by myself those days. We are all nurses...some support nurses are RNs and some are lvns. But we do work under the credentialed nurse.
  8. Visit  C.MackeyRN profile page
    #33 1
    I LOVE MY JOB. Seriously. I knew this is what I wanted to do even before I graduated from nursing school. I was a SAHM while in school so when I had to go to work at the hospital for 13+ hours a day, 4 days a week, it was painfully obvious that I needed to look for a school position ASAP. I stayed on at the hospital for 2 years, 1 full time and 1 PRN. You really can't beat the schedule and while the kiddos, especially those frequent fliers, can sometimes ride a nerve, I'd rather have them in my office multiple times a week than dealing with a scared, upset (and rightfully so) family and patient on the floor.
  9. Visit  GdBSN profile page
    #34 2
    Quote from C.MackeyRN
    I LOVE MY JOB. Seriously. I knew this is what I wanted to do even before I graduated from nursing school. I was a SAHM while in school so when I had to go to work at the hospital for 13+ hours a day, 4 days a week, it was painfully obvious that I needed to look for a school position ASAP. I stayed on at the hospital for 2 years, 1 full time and 1 PRN. You really can't beat the schedule and while the kiddos, especially those frequent fliers, can sometimes ride a nerve, I'd rather have them in my office multiple times a week than dealing with a scared, upset (and rightfully so) family and patient on the floor.
    Yes, mine was a similiar situation. I was an older graduate, and I knew in nursing school that a school nurse is what I wanted to be. I fulfilled the necessary requirements to be a school nurse and applied as soon as I could. I love my job and will be here until I retire.
  10. Visit  NutmeggeRN profile page
    #35 0
    Quote from NutmeggeRN
    NH must be registered nurse or if an LPN work under the direct supervision of an RN
    Correction of wrong word.
  11. Visit  Amethya profile page
    #36 2
    I am a CMA and medical aide at a public charter school. My goal was to be a school nurse since I was younger, but since I'm not an RN, I didn't think I could get this job.

    I only worked at Doctor's offices, and frankly, while I do miss it a bit, I didn't like it much because of my social anxiety. So when I had to look for another job, I found this job online and applied, went in and they hired me on the spot. I am living the dream, no one breathes behind my back about anything, only the children come to visit and at times teachers and everyone respects my opinion. I feel needed and I like it.
  12. Visit  SullyRN profile page
    #37 4
    I absolutely LOVE my job. Coming from a hospital working 13 hour shifts, holidays, etc. this is the only place I want to be.

    Even though I am at a different school this year (same district) and I miss my last school like crazy, being home by 3:00 is worth it.

    When I worked at the hospital I would get home, immediately shower as to not touch my kids with my MRSAness, eat, and then it would be bed time for my babies. I felt like three days a week I wasn't a mom. ***Please do not take offense if you work in a hospital, this was just how I felt.*** Not to mention missing out on family holidays or asking family to change their schedules to accommodate mine.

    And don't even get me started on the stress level...Let's just say it went waaaaayyyy down.
  13. Visit  kschenz profile page
    #38 0
    After not being sure that I was really going to like doing this whole School Nurse thing I'm happy to say that I really am starting to love it. I'm getting to know the kids and even the frequent fliers have grown on me. I'm more comfortable in my role and feel like my opinion is respected. When I miss the hospital I just remind myself how my kids use to cry when they saw me putting on my scrubs, missing out on every holiday because I was so low down in seniority at the hospital, being chronically sleep deprived and stressed out, etc.

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