New school nurse needs helpful tips

  1. Hi everyone, I am a new school nurse. I do have experience in peds, and mother baby care. I am asking all you experts for your secrets, helpful tips, advice, resources, and any info to help me in this new job. I have been doing it for 5 months and absolutely love it. I learn something new everyday. All info appreciated to help me be the best I can be
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  3. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    I just got hired in a School Health Nurse position. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I have been an RN 4 plus years and worked in ICU the entire time and some in the OR and as a DON. I love autonomy and I love kids. I believe I will love it. Are you in elementary, middle or high? I hope I love it as much as you do.

    Quote from Smn123
    Hi everyone, I am a new school nurse. I do have experience in peds, and mother baby care. I am asking all you experts for your secrets, helpful tips, advice, resources, and any info to help me in this new job. I have been doing it for 5 months and absolutely love it. I learn something new everyday. All info appreciated to help me be the best I can be
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  4. by   Smn123
    Quote from Evelyn381
    I just got hired in a School Health Nurse position. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I have been an RN 4 plus years and worked in ICU the entire time and some in the OR and as a DON. I love autonomy and I love kids. I believe I will love it. Are you in elementary, middle or high? I hope I love it as much as you do.
    I am an elementary school nurse. Maybe we can help each other along the way for suppport, encouragement or just to chat. PM with your email if you like.
  5. by   okschoolnurse
    For excellent "new school nurse" articles with tips and tricks visit
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    Enjoy
    Last edit by okschoolnurse on Feb 8, '08
  6. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Well I am officially a School Nurse. I start on Wednesday of next week. The orientation process is basically going to the schools along side another nurse to learn the ropes. I thought there would have been a class orientation regarding policies and procedures. So far they are going to send to me two schools to start out. The first one is 6 to 11 th graders (An Alternative School/Center) and the second one is an elementary school. Anyone work in an Alternative School? I look forward to beginning the job!
  7. by   HTmommy
    Hi -

    I am currently enrolled in a nursing program, slated to grad 6/09.
    I have about a year experience between LTC & Med Surg as an aide. I am still at a hospital setting. I find that its not for me. I love children & find that a position as a school nurse most interests me. My question is how does one go into that area? I know most don't aspire to go into that direction. How can I line myself up for this? Also switching internally to family center is a no go - as they NEVER have openings.
  8. by   Balto22
    You are a School Nurse now in Maryland? I'm new to this forum. But I have a job offer in Baltimore and would love to learn more from you. Where are you? In a city? Teach me the ways of this forum. Thanks.
  9. by   LadyQT
    I would like to know where would I go to apply for a School Nurse Position. For both private and public school. Also, what is the average salary range. I have 10 years School Nurse experience in another state. Thanks in advance!
  10. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Quote from LadyQT
    I would like to know where would I go to apply for a School Nurse Position. For both private and public school. Also, what is the average salary range. I have 10 years School Nurse experience in another state. Thanks in advance!

    It depends on where you are located. In Southern Maryland we find School Nurse jobs through the Health Department. Charles County Health Dept. St. Mary's Health Dept., Calvert County Health Dept., and PG County Health Dept.

    I hope this helps.

    Good Luck!
    Evelyn
  11. by   LadyQT
    Thanks Evelyn. What is the average salary? I didn't see any salary information on the websites. I want to know what I'm getting into before I decide to make this move.
  12. by   bergren
    If interested, NASN's Quick Poll this week is on your school nurse orientation or lack of: www.nasn.org - look in upper right corner of screen.
  13. by   kidcare
    Quote from Smn123
    Hi everyone, I am a new school nurse. I do have experience in peds, and mother baby care. I am asking all you experts for your secrets, helpful tips, advice, resources, and any info to help me in this new job. I have been doing it for 5 months and absolutely love it. I learn something new everyday. All info appreciated to help me be the best I can be
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    I was just hired as a sub school nurse as well. I have backround in NICU for 27 years and then on to pediatric home health care since for 12 years. This is all new to me as well. I enjoy learning new things as well. I am so documentation oriented, the system at this school is computerized and that is going to be a bit hard for me to get used to. Some days are so busy I hope I can keep up with the computer documentation. It is hard to go from school to school as some offices are really well organized and easy to just "fall into",but others are so messy and disorganized it will take awhile to get to know my way around. I wish you well as we both start this new chapter.
  14. by   danceluver
    Do most school nurses work part time or sub? Is this possible? Is this an option as something to do on the side, if you like pediatric care but have another RN job to help pay the bills?

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