Bravo to you school nurses!Register Today!
- by sommeil Apr 24I am a new nurse (8 months) who has worked 6 months in a SNF and 2 months at a hospital (med/surg). Today I was my first day as a sub nurse. It was crazy busy! It was a half day and I saw 6 head bumps (what are these kids doing?), upset tummies, a hemophiliac with a tiny laceration that took aeons to stop bleeding, tube feelings, asthmatics, trach care, meds, etc, etc, etc.
I have a 2 and 4 year old at home and eventually (when I finish my BSN and my kiddos are in school) I'd like to get into school nursing. For now I'm going to try and pick up a few days each month to get some experience while I'm in school and working at the hospital.
But I have to say I am in awe of you guys. I don't know how you even find time to eat. You are the rock stars of nursing.
- Apr 25 by bell1962As a school nurse I can agree some days are crazy! But overall it's a great job to have : mostly healthy, happy kids, regular hours, lots of rewards, and school vacations! It sounds like you must be pretty crazy busy too, 2 little kids at home, school, and working 2 jobs! Wow, I get tired just thinking about it!
- Apr 25 by OldDudeFew people have a real concept of what school nursing is all about. It is very similar to when I worked in a pediatric ER - except in my school clinic I am "IT" with no one to call on for help. Most of the stuff is routine but - you never know what may happen next. If that's for you, school nursing will be a great job since you have kids. You will always be off when they are and most districts will allow your kids to attend the school you are assigned as they pass through the grades. This is my 11 year as a school nurse at the same elementary school, PK thru 4th grade, and all of my kids have attended/attend here. Keep your foot in the door and make it known what you want to do because, here in Texas, school nurse positions don't open up that often. Good Luck!!
- Apr 25 by Tina, RNWhat a nice post!
Being a school nurse is awesome! I have my days where I am frazzled. But in general, it is great. I think that it's probably the most fun nursing job one can get! The pay does stink, though... But it's worth it!
- Apr 25 by SudsyI agree with all that has been said. And, yes, oftentimes I don't get a chance to eat. The other day I worked the whole day without even going to the bathroom.....
- Apr 25 by hsnurse1School nursing is great. Most days are wonderful. Yes, there are those days when you want to crawl under a rock and never come back. But, that is true with any nursing job. I worked years in surgery before I came to school nursing, so I was already accustomed to no bathroom or lunch break:-)
- Apr 25 by RFarleyRNI love my school nursing job! Yes, I never know what is going to walk through the door whether it be a wound requiring a band aid, a severe head injury, a broken bone, or just a need to talk. That barely touches what walks through my door on any given day.
I have worked LTC, Hospice and Psych, but this job rocks! Sometimes it gets really hard when I see some of the homes my patients come from and I just cannot help them. But I can pray for them. School nursing is not like it was years ago, because our society has become so much more complicated, which leads to more health complications. I hope to retire from this job, because I could not be happier! Hats off to all you other school nurses out there. We are sisters!!
- Apr 25 by Isitpossibleyes i agree, school nurses ROCK!!!
- Apr 26 by Nurse2BeInGAI'll be a nursing student in the Fall. What is the average school nurse rate of pay compared to everything else? I've heard that the average RN pay is $20/hr. before differentials in this area.