And I'm thrilled!
I've had my eye on school nursing since my clinical rotation in nursing school
. I am so beyond burnt out in the hospital - so I took a 50% pay cut to leave. I'll survive right? Lol
I wanted to say hello to everyone here!
I'll be reading this entire forum over the next few weeks. The nurse I interviewed with gave me a wealth of information to start looking at - our state department of education, immunization requirements, community resources, etc.
I'll be working in the largest school district in my state, with 71 schools
and over 47,000 students. We rank the 47th lowest school district in the US. Huge homeless population, free lunch program is 100% (this was newly implemented and a good thing...all kids can eat). But our community is intensely involved in this district with volunteering, donations, etc.
I will have my own school, which will be either a middle school or high school (my choice because that's the population I work with and enjoy). My background in nursing is PICU for 2 years and the last 8 years have been in child and adolescent psych.
I will be orienting with an RN at her school for 1 week, then will be orienting at my school with an RN for a week. The nurses meet once a month. Policies and procedures are in place and easy to access. The computer program I'll be using is super easy. LPNs are 1:1 for chronic care patients. The nurses in this district stay, very low turnover (I always ask that question). Certain grade levels require hearing and vision screening. Since our schools have so many students each, I'll have about 5 other nurses come help, plus the nurses at the health department.
Reading this board I felt I knew what questions to ask and what to look for. So thank you for that!
I need to find my stethoscope. Any other supplies that *I* might want personally as a nurse in a school? I do need a bag I guess, medium size. I added that School Nursing book you all have mentioned in here. I'll get that if the school doesn't already have one.
I'm excited to be here