I have been crawling around this forum looking for some answers, but decided to just ask my question outright.
I interviewed recently for a job as a special needs classroom nurse for a K-8 school. During the interview I found out there are 7 children, 3 with trachs, several with g-tubes on gravity feedings, one on continuous feeding, and at least one or two get meds through g-tube. One child has a major seizure disorder with VNS implant. The school wants to hire their own nurse to care for these children in the classroom setting because the contracted nurse currently providing care for a few of the children is way too expensive. I think parents come in and do the care for a few of the other kids. They want to hire an LPN vs. an RN from a cost standpoint, which I guess is understandable.
My name got passed to the special needs coordinator from a friend of mine who works in their HR dept. I just finished my LPN and am waiting for my auth to test for the NCLEX-PN. I have already interviewed for the position so they know I am a "new grad" with no experience. They want to offer me the job if I pass the NCLEX (obviously), but does it seem strange to anyone that they don't want an RN or at least an LPN with med-surg experience? Can an entry-level LPN safely care for these kids? They don't really have a plan to "train" me; their idea is that I would "shadow" the contracted nurse for a few days; however, that is not nearly long enough to learn the ropes, nor is that nurse an employee of the school??? They told me the main school nurse is too busy to deal with this classroom herself, which seems obvious because it sounds like a full-time job.
I would love the experience, but at the same time, I need to protect my license and the safety of the children. I am unfamiliar with school nursing and how caring for medically-involved children works in a non-medical, school setting. I am DYING to talk to a school nurse, or any nurse with experience, about this. Anyone want to chime in?? I sure would appreciate the help.