What does a school nurse do? People are amazed that we can keep busy in a school nursing office. Little do they know the multitudes of things we do.
I am a nurse at a school for special-needs kids ages 6-21, so my school is a little more "intense." I have subbed in "regular" schools
and prefer the setting I am in now.
We have 125 children enrolled. During the course of my day, which runs from 8:15 to 2:45, over 75 daily meds are given, approximately 4 PRN meds, 3 kids are tube-fed twice a day, and 1 diabetic student has his BS monitored, insulin given, and diet computed.
This does not include your basic school injury/sickness walk-in's. Add to that a profoundly retarded child who can't tell you where it hurts, but is obviously in pain!
Thank god - I have help! There is another nurse who works with me. We try to split the duties evenly. There is also the incredible amount of paperwork that goes with above-said duties. Medicaid reports, medication authorizations, checking immunizations and physicals, doing weekly weight checks on several kids, and advocating as needed for neglected kids.
I have become quite good at tracking down free food, shoes, clothes, glasses, physicals, immunizations, and medications. We document unusual bruises, doing weekly lice checks as needed, and make sure kids are fed at home.
Although I make less money than I did in the hospital I used to work at, it is a great job for a mother with 2 kids. I can take my kids to and from school, get the weekends and all holidays off, and have the summer off! One day, we I want more money I might go back, but for now this job fits my family's needs. It is also incredibly fulfilling!
Try school nursing - you just might like it!