I'm a new school nurse and this is my 4th day on the job. I have so much to learn, prior to this my first nursing job was at a nursing home/rehab and before that I worked as a PCA in a hospital for almost 5 years. I wanted more autonomy, change of environment, to try something new and also a slower pace due to burnout at the nursing home and never feeling any type of consistency. This is just a complete change of pace. It definitely is slower but also a lot of work that needs to be initiated soon as it is the start of the school semester. Just wondering if there are any school nurse vets out there that have any tips or tricks they want to share with a newbie.
I like it so far, I have my own office, laptop, can go on my lunch break uninterrupted when I want to, I'm salary so no working overtime necessary, and so far the staff here are very friendly. I start the day here at 7:00am and end at 3:45pm and it's M-F with all the perks of working in a school, I'm off when the kids are off and all breaks are paid. I'm at a middle school part of a charter school network. The kids are hilarious so I already love them. I just want to make sure I can maximize my day as efficiently as possible. I'm also in my first trimester of pregnancy, wasn't planned and so I get fatigued very often and need to keep occupied to make it through the day. This feels like a good fit as this is my first pregnancy and I have no idea what to expect. They offer paid maternal leave and I also get 6 weeks paid in the summer so maternity leave is all set. I haven't told them yet though. I'm also used to doing a million things at once and running around at the nursing home so I need to find my balance here. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.