In Delaware, I found out the requirements through the Board of Education website. You must have 3 years experience and have your Bachelors. You must become certified through the state within 3 years. I started the certification before I was even done my Bachelors because I knew it was a requirement and I used one module (6 total, only one is worth college credits) as an elective for school (killed two birds with one stone, yes!).
You can also learn a lot by substitute school nursing, it gives you a chance to meet the nurses in the schools in your area and ask questions. Even if you dont see Ads for subsititutes, go into your district main office and give them your resume. This is what I did and they loved me, "hired" (put me on the sub list) on the spot. And this is ultimately how I got my job now because I knew one nurse was retiring and kept my eyes out for her job opening and subbed for her school whenever I could and then got in.
As for one sort of experience over another, it is really going to depend on WHO YOU ARE. I was up against a nurse with 35 years critical care Ped experience and I only had 2 years L&D/MB and 2 years MS and wasnt even done my bachelors and they hired me! They said they loved my attitude and eagerness for the position. But hey, who knows- maybe they didnt want to pay someone with 35 years experience too!
In Delaware, we get the same pay as the teachers and are basically considered the same as teachers, in their Union and everything. It also means we have to take the Praxis exam, which is what teachers take before they can become certified to teach. So that nurse wouldve been making a ton more money than me- but that is the conspiracy theorist in me- I just need to accept they liked me for me.
Here is a good article on school nursing by state: http://nursingworld.org/MainMenuCate...xperience.aspx
Here is another article that is good about school nursing http://www.homestead.com/snp/ExploringSN.html
There is a web page I wish I could find for you, it compared all 50 states and the requirements for each. Delaware was the only one that had all 4 requirements (RN, BSN, Certified, School nurse in every school... Im pretty sure). Now I think NJ also has all 4 becoming the 2nd state to require a school nurse in every building. If I find it, Ill post it here.