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- Sep 21, '11 by lsvalliantClearly there is a need for school nurses. There are still diabetic patients, asthmatics, and po meds in school and yes the occasional emergency. I do however think that requiring a BSN (in some states) is a little overkill. In California, schools for the most part utilize LPNs for the role as school nurse. I honestly think, especially with the current budget crisis in that state, that LPN's are sufficient for the job because everything school nurses do is within their scope.
I'm not trying to say that one specialty is better than the another. For me, however I have found that school nursing just didn't make the top of my most awesome job list. Thats just one opinion tho. And like I said before.. Kudos to the people who love it because clearly not everyone does.
- Sep 21, '11 by Purple_ScrubsMy district hires only BSN RNs for the position. The logic is that teachers are at minimum bachelor prepared, often master's prepared, and they want nurses to be seen as professionals on the same level as teachers, so they want the education requirements to be the same. I totally get that because it is hard enough to get respect as a school nurse.
Also, in some states it is not within the scope of practice for an LVN to do assessments, which is obviously critical for a school nurse. The supervising RN could not be running from school to school every time there is a head injury that needs a neuro assessment.
It definitely takes a certain kind of person to be a school nurse. It is pretty much independent practice so you have to be self-directed and get things done without someone telling you what to do next. It is both the hardest and the most rewarding job I've ever had.
- Sep 21, '11 by mustlovepoodlesOurs is a small system, about 12 schools serving mostly impoverished families. We have some sub nurses that are as good as any nurse I've *ever* met. They are in their 70s but you'd never know it--they have a ton of energy. I have a lot of respect for them because they not only keep up with all the kids, but they've been doing school nursing for about 20 years! Nothing gets by these ladies! We have LPNs, RNs, BSNs, and a couple NPs. Im one of the younger nurses of the bunch...and i'm 55!
I think we will see more LPNs in our schools, partly because of the cost savings. In my school system, most of our schools could be served by an LPN. We have a handful of kids who require a higher level of care, but those schools have designated Special Needs Nurses assigned to them.
- Nov 13, '11 by Kim O'TherapyI've done bone marrow transplant (critical care) and now school nursing. Each requires its own set of special skills and critical thinking. School nursing involves a lot of compassion and toughness and excellent assessment skills. Last year, I had three kids I sent to the hospital and each required an appendectomy. I had a fractured arm that required surgery and a fractured foot X 2 (both staff members). I've hounded parents whose children were wetting themselves every day because "they won't get potty trained" until they finally took them to a PCP, to find kidney or bladder issues. You cannot be stupid or lazy and do this job effectively. I agree that I may not have "life or limb" threatening issue on a weekly basis like I did in BMT, but I still have them. When I have them, I am on my own with no support (and trying to calm everyone else down), until EMS arrives for transport and we confer on the child's condition. And just like most nursing jobs, we are overworked, under paid, and under-appreciated. The first six months I worked in the school system, I thought I was over-qualified and bored with the job. Time taught me otherwise and now I can't imagine doing anything else for a long time, if ever. Just my two cents for the person yawning.