Hello!! I am a new member to allnurses.com. This is my very first post to the website, in fact.
I am a new nurse graduate and I work on a post surgical unit of a fairly small community hospital in Kentucky. My dream job is school nurse. I am curious if anyone knows anything about what the requirements are to become a school nurse in the state of KY.
Around where I live, the school nurses do NOT work for the individual schools, but are in fact hired by the health department. However, I am not sure if this is the case in *ALL* Kentucky counties. For example, I wonder if some of the bigger schools in say, Louisville or Lexington, actually have their own nurses on staff.
I do believe though, that at least around where I live, you aren't necessarily required to even have a BSN to work as a school nurse, let alone any kind of teacher's certification. But then again, I honestly don't know much about it.
Also, a general question about school nursing is; how much money could I expect to make? HOW does it compare to what hospital nurses make? I make great money right now, but med surge nursing is not what I want to do the rest of my life. School nursing is not a MUST for me, but it is something I would really like to pursue.
Advice is appreciated!!!!