While perusing ads for school nurses in my area...I found 2 for full-time, traditional schedule (summers off). What I found for the salary for both positions was a $20,000 range in lowest to highest salary, around $35k-$55k+. At the lowest salary, I couldn't afford to have that job. At the highest, it is just slightly lower than what I make at 2 jobs together, coupled with the schedule, that would be awesome! I know experience is part of the game, but what exactly are employers looking for to get that top salary??
Thanks for reading!
You need to check with a school nurse in your state. It varies. Here in Pennsylvania, you need a BSN + School Nurse Certification-I think it was about 9 extra credits, maybe 12. You get certified through the department of education, then to be permanently certified you have to get and additional 24 credits within your first 5 years of working as a school nurse. Many of those credits can be obtained through your local Intermediate Unit at a much lower cost than a university. Then you need to get 180 Act 48 hours (like ceu's) every 5 years. I sounds like a lot, but it is the same as the teachers need, and we are considered professional staff, not support. It's well worth it.
Last edit by luvschoolnursing on Jan 30, '09
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