So I just put in an application for a school nursing position tonight and would welcome any feedback or insight! I've always had school nursing in the back of my mind as something I would like to eventually pursue. I have to admit that the primary draw is the schedule, although the idea of getting to hang out with kids all day is a close second. I also really love the idea of having a beginning and end to my work life each year.
I've been a nurse for about 10 years, working in lots of different areas. Transplant nursing, pediatric CVICU, and now have been doing hospice nursing for the last 3 years. I have loved doing all of this, but have not always loved the stress. What I'm looking for now is a job that is sustainable and that I can envision myself doing in the longterm as I'm getting tired of switching jobs all the time. I really have no interest in going back to the hospital, and nothing will ever be sustainable for me with only 2 weeks of vacation per year.
So I'm excited to give school nursing a try! A few things that give me pause however: The position is a pool job - being divided between several schools
. I'm not sure how that works - if I would be visiting multiple school per day or different schools throughout the week. I also know from a teacher friend that most of the nurses that roll through the school district don't seem to stay a long time. I'm not sure if this has to do with budget cuts, unhappiness, pay or what? I see a lot of people on here that seem fed up with their jobs and who are considering going back to other facets of nursing in addition to those that seem to love it. This also concerns me. And lastly I have to say the pay will be hard to swallow, especially since in addition to a pay cut I'll also have to go back to school to get a school nursing credential if I want to do this longterm. I've seen the pay schedule and have a feeling that I would get no credit for my years of nursing experience having to start as a year 1 nurse with the school district making 1/2 of what I make now. I probably will look into working some per diem hospice shifts on the weekend to supplement as I'm not really interested in working my vacations if I take the position as it seems like this would defeat the purpose!
Anyway sorry for the long rambling post but I'd really appreciate any advice or words of wisdom! Thanks so much!