I've worked full-time for this one school district for 5 yrs then started subbing for 5 years in order to work part-time while my kids were young. I was re-hired full-time this year. I like my job. I'm comfortable with my schools. I have two grade schools and there are other nurses in my district to offer support and advice.
I was just contacted about applying for a full-time school nurse in the same district my kids are in. I would be the only nurse and have one high school and three grade schools. I would work less days and make a little more money. The same nurse has been there for at least 20 yrs and had to leave due to illness. They do not have nurse subs so I've never been able to check it out that way.
It would be really nice to have the same schedule, time off, snow days etc as my own kids. I'm really torn. I guess it's just fear of the unknown. I'm just not sure what it would be like having that many schools all by myself. I also would feel very bad about leaving in the middle of the year. However, I'd hate to miss a good opportunity. What would you do?
Jan 18, '14
It may be time for a pros and cons list to really visualize the decision. Better schedule, less hours, more money - but a lot more kids, new stressors, and unlicensed staff providing care. How important is the better schedule? Will you be leaving your current position in okay status if you decide to return? Can you meet with a few teachers or administrators / principal and ask them most important qualities in their school nurse? You said teachers have complained but there's less drama. Sounds like the teachers complaints are not directed towards the nurse but the system or you at least won't take personally. Which leads me to believe you'll be able to handle that part of it. Also, definitely give the new position at least 6-12 months, preferably a full school year, to decide if it was right for you. During that time don't worry about whether you made the right decision. Just focus on adjusting and settling in. Let us know what you decide.
Last edit by janeybirdRN on Jan 18, '14