Why Aren't School Nurses Given Due Respect? - page 2

I am a school nurse in Texas and I work at a large urban school district. Nursing is a noble profession and nurses, in general, are widely respected. Except for school nurses. Many people have... Read More

  1. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from Soliloquy
    I often wonder why there aren't more school nurses.
    Because there are many who just don't get that we do WAY more than bandaids and bellyaches!
  2. by   amoLucia
    Just read this thread a bit late --- just saying you school nurses have MY r-e-s-p-e-c-t.

    But had to laugh when I read OP's "washed up" comment. I thought that opinion was only used for us LTC nurses, and night shift nurses, and baby nursery nurses, etc.

    Isn't it amazing how so many in the general public (and even our own) have such poor impressions of the vital variations within our profession?!?! Yeah, until they need a LTC nurse, or a night nurse or a pedi/baby nurse. And you school nurses are right up there with all of us other non-hosp nurses who are terrific.

    Thank you for doing your job.
  3. by   Koshea61
    I am a school nurse on VA . I was also a certified school nurse in PA. I havec worked with suburban rich kids as well as urban schools where the kids families have nothing. I worked before this for many years in the hospital setting mainly in acute care pediatrics.
    I could no longer handle the unsafe staffing in the hospital and the backstabbing environment
    . So I love what I do. I am not washed up I bring a wealth of experience to the students and families that I encounter. I work with counselors as social workers and professional educators as well as wonderful admin and support staff personell. At least we are all on the same team.
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  4. by   MinnesotaBeagle
    Quote from Koshea61
    I am a school nurse on VA . I was also a certified school nurse in PA. I havec worked with suburban rich kids as well as urban schools where the kids families have nothing. I worked before this for many years in the hospital setting mainly in acute care pediatrics.
    I could no longer handle the unsafe staffing in the hospital and the backstabbing environment
    . So I love what I do. I am not washed up I bring a wealth of experience to the students and families that I encounter. I work with counselors as social workers and professional educators as well as wonderful admin and support staff personell. At least we are all on the same team.
    Ditto. I love the relationships I build with the kiddos and their families. That's a rare thing in nursing, to have the same patients day in and day out for years. Maybe it's where I'm located, but I haven't experienced a much belittling. Most hospital nurses I've met have mentioned they're jealous, and would love to have my schedule. Others have said they don't blame me one bit for leaving the hospital setting. Isn't everybody in the hospital "washed-up" these days anyway??? Florence Nightingale herself would quit.

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