School nurse perks :) - page 3

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   kidzcare
    Quote from Farawyn
    Well, yea.

    But ESPECIALLY OldDude.
    Well, humph. *(flounces off)*

    Quote from chiefswife
    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.
    I have a very clear memory of putting on my first pair of glasses when I was 7. I had no idea that was how the world should look. I remember putting them to my eyes, jaw dropping, and saying "Wow"
  2. by   dakotadenise
    Quote from kidzcare


    I have a very clear memory of putting on my first pair of glasses when I was 7. I had no idea that was how the world should look. I remember putting them to my eyes, jaw dropping, and saying "Wow"
    I have this memory as well. I had no idea the world was so clear and beautiful. My mom was watching me walk around outside and said I almost walked right into a tree because I was just so enthralled with looking around! I can only hope to catch a child in need and help them have that feeling!
  3. by   2mint
    Quote from chiefswife
    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.
    Same experience here, at 15. I had no idea that leaves were supposed to shimmer under the sun. It's really an amazing experience of and in life.
  4. by   OldDude
    Quote from 2mint
    Same experience here, at 15. I had no idea that leaves were supposed to shimmer under the sun. It's really an amazing experience of and in life.
    Same for me but I was in elementary school. They didn't do vision screenings then but my teacher finally noticed me walking to the chalk board to see what she was writing and told my mother.
  5. by   KKEGS
    School holidays and summer break!
    Better schedule (done at 4 instead of 7:30) and NO MORE WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAY SHIFTS!
    Better sleep (no more chronic sleep deprivation from 12 hour rotating day/night shifts)
    Way less stress than the hospital
    More time with my family
    Better coworkers - (I love nurses but my goodness my hospital coworkers were so grouchy and unhappy all.the.time. (see above referring to chronic sleep deprivation.)
  6. by   Kittery
    Same experience here, at 15. I had no idea that leaves were supposed to shimmer under the sun. It's really an amazing experience of and in life.
    I only realized that stars actually do twinkle a few years ago when I put my glasses on outside at night! They were just static light dots before.
  7. by   Nurse_JackieVA
    As someone who's just recently moved from sunny CA to snowy VA - I'm happy for the three snow days I just had and not having to drive in that nonsense. Having the same schedule as my kids and actually able to plan a vacation without scheduling my vacation three yrs in advance - yes 3 YEARS in advance and that was still up in the air because only two nurses could be on vacay at the same time.
  8. by   KKEGS
    Quote from Nurse_JackieVA
    As someone who's just recently moved from sunny CA to snowy VA - I'm happy for the three snow days I just had and not having to drive in that nonsense. Having the same schedule as my kids and actually able to plan a vacation without scheduling my vacation three yrs in advance - yes 3 YEARS in advance and that was still up in the air because only two nurses could be on vacay at the same time.
    That used to drive me crazy about only so many nurses off! We had to plan way in advance too. Only one nurse per shift per day was granted vacation. I worked with nurses who had to beg other nurses to pick up their shifts for such crazy reasons as GETTING MARRIED! Glad not to have to deal with that anymore! Since I have a health aide if I want a day off I just take a day off. I don't even need a sub. The other district nurses are on call for each other when someone needs a day off.
  9. by   Duncan6
    These are all great! Amen to no Press-Ganey! We were dismissed early Tuesday- that was a treat, then Wed. got the call for 2 hour delay, but by 7:30 they cancelled. Such a treat! I was used to driving 40 minute 'over the mountain' to our office that never closed. Hated driving in those conditions! I also love that I'm on the same schedule with my kids- they are 9, 10, 11, and 12, and finding childcare has never been a cheap endeavor.
  10. by   NutmeggeRN
    When your salary is very exposed as part of a line item budget spreadsheet
  11. by   kummerspeck
    Even we p/t school nurses see a few perks! I have insane amounts of support from my fellow SN in my district, they have been great as I've stepped into this field. There is also no "in-fighting" which I have seen (but only a teeny bit) where I work full time. I know I could call any of them and get help for pretty much anything. So I guess what I'm saying is getting to work with other SN is the perk I like the most!!!
  12. by   foggnm
    Good pay (great hourly pay, just work less hours/year), not working with doctors/providers, snow days, meetings away from the school once per month, getting off work at 3pm, getting LOTS of time off, having almost zero stress at work, being able to lead a 'normal life' and get great sleep! Ah, I never want to go back to the hospital!!! Quality of life is just so much better working for the school. I thought money was more important to me, but after working in the school, I realized quality of life is more important. Plus we have an awesome nursing director.
    Last edit by foggnm on Jan 14
  13. by   moreoreo
    Martin Luther King Day off

    Additionally,
    - children stopping by to let me know they feel better already!
    - feeling like you are truly valued simply for there not being so many of you rather than being one tiny overworked cog in a large (hospital) system
    - having my own office/desk/chair (vs. always returning to my seat to find it has been taken by someone else in the nursing station musical chairs games lol)
    - the chances to teach healthy habits to someone who is not already set in his or her ways
    - being home when my husband is home and getting to spend the holidays with our families

    I am new at it and it's NOT easy so it's good to reflect on the perks!

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