I have been working as a med-surg RN for almost 2 years. I just accepted a job offer for a school nurse position at an elementary school about 10 minutes from my house. I am so excited! I would like to get input from other school nurses as to how I can best prepare in these next couple of months. I have a book on school nursing, NASN School Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide. I have been spending a lot of time on here reading the threads and on the internet researching school nursing topics. I am going to join NASN and look through the resources on there.
Anyone have any links to blogs/websites/books/etc that you find helpful and recommend?
When do you actually start working? Is there work that needs to be done before the first day of school to prepare for the school year? The district nursing department provides two days of orientation at the end of July. I am sure I will get more information then.
Is there anything I should have for the clinic? (Ex. clothes from goodwill/thrift stores for accidents, etc? Or any other supplies that are helpful or needed?)
How much interaction do you have the the principal? Do you keep in touch with him/her over the summer? My principal seems to prefer email. He emailed me with job offer and other info relating to the hiring process. But, I haven't yet talked with him about expectations, etc. Or, are the expectations more set by the district office?
How do you deal with difficult parents? From talking to the previous nurse and the principal during the interview, the parents in this area (wealthy area) are the most difficult part of the job. I look really young (I'm 25) and I am concerned that they may not trust me or my experience at first. I feel like I deal with people very well at my current job, so I'm not overly concerned, but it is on the back of my mind. Advice? Thoughts?
Any input/advice/etc is greatly appreciated!