Hello! I need reassurance from all of you seasoned school nurses out there. This is my 2nd year as a school nurse for a k-12 campus of about 1200 students and counting. I feel like this year has been especially taxing and there have already been a lot of "wth" moments and we haven't even made it to thanksgiving break. I feel like it should already been pretty steady and into a flow, but most days I feel like I walk into a tornado and hit the ground running. My questions are:
Are some years better than others? Are there years that it is just a constant chaotic state and some are more calm? Do I just need to be patient and wait for the calm?
How long did it I take you for you to know this area of nursing is where you are meant to be? For the most part, I do like it and I like being on the same campus as my kids. I think what I wasn't expecting was the isolation of school nursing. Everyone gets a lunch break. Everyone else on campus can take off when they or their kids are sick, but I don't have any subs and we have to use an agency which makes me nervous because of some of my chronic kids. So I just don't.
What do you do to make your work life better? Do you play music in your office? Any little gems that just make your office or your day better? Just seeking some postivity and trying to better my outcome
Thank you so much for the advice in advance!
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