In addition to what others have said, keep coming back to this forum! I just started in this role in January, read up on new posts daily, and am always learning new things. It's therapeutic for me and truly is the "nurses station" of our profession.
It's true that you should give yourself one full year to decide whether this job is right for you. I was constantly overwhelmed last year but feel so even-keeled now, even in the midst of start-of-year paperwork and high visit counts. Despite unexpected situations and emergencies, you WILL develop your own process and routine and start to feel like king or queen of your domain!
As a parent, you probably already know how to be kind but firm. As a new school nurse (and non-parent), one of my biggest strengths became my greatest weakness--it was so important to me that I be approachable and that my office be a safe place that I was overly caring and sensitive (i.e. a sucker
). Yes, it's one of the pleasures of our position that we are paid to care, but if you make your office THE caring place of the school, you may run into what I did, which is children stopping by every day like the health office is just part of their daily routine. Our visit counts literally went from 20s when I started to 100 by the end of the year so I am just sharing my difficultly gained "wisdom" in case you are prone to being a softie as well. There are times that children need a lot of TLC, but they also need boundaries and limits.
You will probably have your own version of growing pains so I hope you will reach out here like I did as there are many with wisdom and experience who are kind enough to share!