I have 8 years Adult ICU experience and want to make the move to school nursing in the next few years. I am at a point in my life, that I can take a new job, but only want to work part-time. What would be the best experience to help me be a competent school nurse, as well as make me a competitive applicant?
I know that school nurse jobs in my district are few and far between, and I really want one! I spent a semester shadowing a school nurse while in my RN to BSN program, and I really enjoyed the kids and the work. It would be an ideal job for me, and one that I feel I would really love. I miss the days of being excited about going to work!
I have two kids under 2... and would love to start in the role once they are in school too. In the interim, I want a job that will get me out of the ICU and give me s solid foundation for school nursing. Having kids really changed my mind on what I want from a job. Guts and Glory are out, I want to enjoy my work and not bring it home.
Am I over complicating it? Could I be a competent school nurse with only Adult ICU experience?
Where should I look? A pediatric floor? An ER or Urgent Care? A clinic?
Is there volunteer experience out there that would help? Classes? Certs? (I have PALS) Good reference books to buy?
I am really scared about transitioning into a pediatric role with only adult experience.
Thank you all so much!
We come from a wide variety of experience, but I think all would agree that you need super assessment and problem-solving skills, great communication ability, the ability to work independently and the willingness to take a pay cut! Check out School Nursing: A
Comprehensive Text or School Nurse Certification Review to get a good overview. In any case, good luck!
Last edit by schooldistrictnurse on Feb 22, '13
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