starting a school nurse position

  1. I am a pediatric nurse of 15 years. I have done floor nursing all this time. I worked mainly with the bone marrow transplants and heme/onc population. I have been so ready for a career change but love to stay with children. I want to start a school nurse postion in a large school district who does not have pone. Has any one started a position themself? Any ideas on proposals? I have a meeting with 3 important people they may be able to help me? I welcome any comments.
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  3. by   bergren
    Contact the NASN and the state organization for assistance. if they are having a spring confernce attend it and network. The national confernce is in Seattle this year. Jul 12 - 14th see the website.

    www.nasn.org
    nasn@nasn.org

    Another option is the contract yourself to the district for specific services: hearing and vision screening, asthma education, care plans, emergency plans, IEP evaluations, health promotion campaigns, Tell them that you an improve attendance 5%. Research shows that nurses send hoe fewer students from school than non-licensed personnel in schools - that plus a handwashing campaign and you are in!!!!! There is medicaid money the district can earn too for having a licensed nurse for the children covered by IDEA. Another way to bring in revenue is to write grants for health programs.

    Quote from shayne
    I am a pediatric nurse of 15 years. I have done floor nursing all this time. I worked mainly with the bone marrow transplants and heme/onc population. I have been so ready for a career change but love to stay with children. I want to start a school nurse postion in a large school district who does not have pone. Has any one started a position themself? Any ideas on proposals? I have a meeting with 3 important people they may be able to help me? I welcome any comments.
  4. by   Loving Life
    Quote from bergren
    Contact the NASN and the state organization for assistance. if they are having a spring confernce attend it and network. The national confernce is in Seattle this year. Jul 12 - 14th see the website.

    www.nasn.org
    nasn@nasn.org

    Another option is the contract yourself to the district for specific services: hearing and vision screening, asthma education, care plans, emergency plans, IEP evaluations, health promotion campaigns, Tell them that you an improve attendance 5%. Research shows that nurses send hoe fewer students from school than non-licensed personnel in schools - that plus a handwashing campaign and you are in!!!!! There is medicaid money the district can earn too for having a licensed nurse for the children covered by IDEA. Another way to bring in revenue is to write grants for health programs.
    Thank you for your reply. This will help!
    Last edit by shayne on Mar 4, '04
  5. by   Loving Life
    Bergren, the e-mail for NASN would not go through. Any ideas? Thanks.
  6. by   bergren
    I just tried it myself - worked for me. make sure you used org, not com

    There should be a link on the web page for mail also.

    Quote from shayne
    Bergren, the e-mail for NASN would not go through. Any ideas? Thanks.
  7. by   Carol Pax
    Hi....Anyone have any information regarding requirements for school nurses in the state of Arkansas ie: Requiring BSN, Associate Degreee or LPN?

    If you can help me out, please e-mail me at momcpax@aol.com We are moving to Hot Springs Village, AR, in 3 months and I am having difficulty finding any information. I am a AD graduate but working as a Health Aide right now in an elementary school in Nevada which requires a BSN.

    This is a great forum....great nurses!

    Thanks, Carol
  8. by   bergren
    Check the NASN web site for ed requirements and state specific information:
    http://www.nasn.org/faq.htm
    http://www.nasn.org/affiliates/governancemap.htm

    Arkansas has mandated school nursing services, but requires neither a BS nor certification.



    Quote from Carol Pax
    Hi....Anyone have any information regarding requirements for school nurses in the state of Arkansas ie: Requiring BSN, Associate Degreee or LPN?

    If you can help me out, please e-mail me at momcpax@aol.com We are moving to Hot Springs Village, AR, in 3 months and I am having difficulty finding any information. I am a AD graduate but working as a Health Aide right now in an elementary school in Nevada which requires a BSN.

    This is a great forum....great nurses!

    Thanks, Carol

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