I just finished an interview for a school nurse in a nearby district. I think it went very well. I have a feeling they will be calling me back and offering me the job.
Any other ex-ER RN's out there that made this similar transition? I am assuming it will be hard at first but I will adjust.
I know the pay is less, but with school age children, the schedule in my mind makes up for the less pay. No weekends, holidays, or on call is a beautiful thing. Plus I think the ER is becoming a bit to stressful for me. For example, lately I find myself almost in tears when I am talking to a psych patient who I can't help/fix besides giving them sedatives and holding them in the ER until the county comes out to see them. The system is so broken, I hate what it does to people.
The reason why I chose to seek a school nurse position was because I feel like I would have a lot of autonomy, and I think it would be fun, challenging and rewarding. I really like kids and would like to be a positive influence for them.
I have been working in the ER for about 15 years, I have a BSN and I am almost forty and needing a change. I already have CEN, TNCC, ECRN, Anyone out there in a similar boat? Did you make this transition and like/hate it?
Autonomy as a School Nurse is really great as long as you have great compassion for the parents wishes and needs... I worked as an elementary school nurse for five years and absolutely loved it, my principals were awesome and the faculty very supportive. Some teachers never send their kids and some send several every day so they don't have to deal with them... Well, that said, I believe you will find this type of job change very rewarding and great if you have school age children yourself.
Just remember you cannot claim social security and federal retirement, you have to chose one or the other; which I have just learned recently... Not quite fair since you earned every penny. So something to investigate and think about for your retirement. Good luck!
Last edit by Mother-Baby-Nurse on Jul 26, '13
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