School nurse perks :) - page 2

Early dismissals and snow days! In previous jobs, of course, there was no getting out for bad weather, and then there was the scramble to get childcare lined up or decide whether my husband or I... Read More

  1. by   ohiobobcat
    Yes to all of the above!!!

    My first snow day I was so excited I couldn't fall back asleep after the 5 am call. I've moved past that stage, thank goodness.

    I dig my students.
    My kids go to school where I work.
    I have direct access to my daughter's IEP team and have had impromptu meetings in my office with her case manager to find a solution to an issue she was having.
    I mostly get to eat every day. And most days I actually finish my lunch, even if I do get interrupted.
    The singing custodian. We have a custodian with a gorgeous voice, and I get to hear him sing as he walks down the hall. He just walked by singing "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder. AAANNDD now that song is stuck in my head.
    The secretaries are cool.
    Most of the teachers are cool, even though I don't always get included in stuff (the librarian and I have formed a little club, and the math department has adopted me).
    I have you all here at AN-SN to bounce questions off of, or share stories with. (I ended that sentence with a preposition and I don't care!)
  2. by   Supernrse01
    Summer vacation
    Spring Break
    Christmas Break
    President's Day
    Martin Luther King Day
    Snow days
    Delay days

    AND... being at the schools with my own kiddos
  3. by   fawnmarie
    No mandatory overtime with the threat of disciplinary action! I walk out the door at 3:30 pm, each and every day! No waiting for a nurse to relieve me! Since I'm the only nurse in the building, no power struggles with other medical professionals. Coffee is already made when I arrive in the morning! I also love fielding questions from the students about being a nurse. I'm in an elementary school with a large population of kids from Central America, and I enjoy telling them that here in America, they can grow up to be anything they want to be! Feeling like a role model, not just "another nurse." Snow days are the icing on the cake...we jut had one last Friday, which made for a 3-day weekend!
  4. by   Flare
    I do love telling the kids about all the different types of nursing. I feel like that scene in Forrest Gump where they're Bubba talks about all the things you can make with shrimp.
  5. by   KathleenLeone
    My favorite perks regarding school nursing are Holiday breaks and Summer vacations!
  6. by   chiefswife
    Monday - Friday, 0800 - 1600
    Home with my kids - even though they are HS
    A week off at Thanksgiving
    2.5 weeks off at Christmas
    A week and a day off at Spring Break

    And, every once in a while, I get to make a difference in a kid's life. I had the experience of watching a Kinder put on a pair of glasses for the first time and her whole world changed. It was the most amazing thing to watch a child, who didn't know the world wasn't fuzzy, all of the sudden be able to see.
  7. by   MrNurse(x2)
    Now that I am exclusively a school nurse, I have a beautiful perspective:
    Snow days
    No Holidays
    No nights
    No Press-Ganey garbage
    Administrators who respect me and my views
    Coworkers who see life from a different perspective (love my nurses, but it is all the same)
    Being with my children
    Dealing with the students
    Being able to teach
    Less stress

    What a list, what a blessing. TYL!
  8. by   Running Cat Lady
    All of the above, except snow days. No snow days in this part of California.

    1. Not being called and worn down into working extra.
    2. Teaching kids, I love answering any of their health/body systems related questions. The other day I explained to a 7th grader that your GI tract and GU tract were not directly connected (they had asked if one could "pee out gallstones")
    3. I look cuter in dresses than I do in scrubs
    4. I smell better at the end of the work day
    5. My kids are rad
    6. I never go to or leave work when it's dark outside
  9. by   BeckyESRN
    No "can you stay over, come in early, work an extra day" calls.
    I'm here with my daughter and next year my son will be here too.
    Knowing the inner workings of the school(blessing and a curse sometimes!)
    Snow days!!!
    No moving 300lbs+ patients, so it's much easier on my shoulder!
    The kids are pretty fantastic
  10. by   KeeperOfTheIceRN
    Quote from MrNurse(x2)
    No Press-Ganey garbage
    I LOATHE Press-Ganey.....I am not a customer service rep. I am a nurse and my job is to keep you alive not be your handmaiden....
  11. by   bsyrn
    Perks.....My own office, awesome students, pretty cool co-workers, LOTS of time off and of course.......All Of YOU!!!
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  13. by   Blue_Moon
    I concur with all the above answers! They're all such great perks! I was thinking this morning how nice it was to get ready and come to work without feeling stressed or anxious of how my day is going to go, how many patients I will need to take care of, etc. My back and knees don't hurt from working all day and I don't go home exhausted. I love never having to worry about driving to work if the roads are bad. I love knowing I get a long summer vacation instead of just one or two weeks. I love working and developing real relationships with the kids. It's a great work-life balance. To me that's priceless!