Unemployment??? Summer???

  1. Hi there!
    I'm wondering what other school nurses do over the summer for work? I am an hourly employee during the school year and when there are no students on campus, I don't get paid. Any nurses out there qualify for unemployment? I'm in CT.
    Thanks!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   MHDNURSE
    I can't answer your question about unemployment, but I know a lot of school nurses work in camps and Summer schools to continue a steady salary. You could also pick up some per diem in the Summer if you have hospital experience.
  4. by   ohiobobcat
    I work a summer camp, but I am also contracted to be paid year-round (I'm salaried) through my school nurse position.
  5. by   SullyRN
    Maybe picking up at a summer camp or PRN at a hospital. I am only paid when students are in the building, but they divide it over 24 pay periods so I make a little less each paycheck (honestly about the same as I did full-time at the hospital) but still get paid over breaks.

    I pick up a four hour shift at the hospital on months I don't have any days off during the week (I am not working Saturday's, 6 days in a row--yuck). Then when fall, spring, summer breaks roll around I pick up more 12's.

    I am not sure about unemployment...
  6. by   SullyRN
    And welcome!!!
  7. by   dakotadenise
    I don't know what the rules are in your state, but personally I don't believe we should qualify as we are not "unemployed", its just the work schedule of our job. I am paid hourly also, but my school spreads it out over 12 months so we have income over the summer. I also pick up hours at a Home Health agency and a local nursing home. Lots of places are looking for vacation coverage in the summer!
  8. by   Flare
    If you are set for employment in September, then you would not be likely to be eligible to receive unemployment benefits in most states, despite the lack of income from June to Sept. Some districts allow you to stretch your checks out to 12 months. It's nice when you can do that, if your district doesn't offer that, look into joining a credit union and doing it yourself.
    Many of us pick up summer work, summer school, camp, per diem hospital, or something completely non nursing / education.
  9. by   Jen-Elizabeth
    I don't qualify in my state. But I'm also contracted from August 1 through July 31 for x number of days. So yes, I work the school year only and get a summer but I'm technically employed all year and paid over that 12 month period.
  10. by   aprilmoss
    We're on 9 month contracts (the teachers are 10 month). They do retain some nurses for summer school (fewer buildings open) and I did that in the past though now I'm kind of used to coasting with my summers off.
  11. by   ProperlySeasoned
    A full time Nanny position (for healthy kids) will get you at least $20 an hour in a city. Hopefully that is way less than you are paid as a school nurse, but it would be a pretty sweet job. You would also be HIGHLY desirable, and I could even see the rate going up to $25 an hour.
  12. by   kidzcare
    Unless you are laid off at the end of the school year, I do not think you would (or should) qualify
  13. by   OldDude
    Quote from kidzcare
    Unless you are laid off at the end of the school year, I do not think you would (or should) qualify
    Yes, If you were informed and agreed at the time you were hired you would not get paid during the summer you are not eligible for unemployment.
  14. by   Nurse in MT
    I did some travel nursing when I left my prior employer in 2016 before starting my contract year with the school district. I am 10-month salaried and receive 12 paychecks a year because I have a professional license like a teacher.

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