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- Sep 21 by MarisetteHello again. I was just wondering if ERRNDeans has any updates on the school nursing at this time? Also, for any nurse who does this type of work, I was wondering what are the nurse patient ratios in large urban areas? If ratios are 1000 to one, how does the nurse manage? Do you travel to various schools throughout the day? What is does the expectation from the employer or schools? Thanks,
- Sep 22 by ERRNDeansHi,
I am in an elementary school with almost 700 kids, k-5. I am at the school from 9-3pm M-F. It's a whole different scene than the hospital, which is what I was looking for.
I guess they didn't have a nurse at the school everyday last year. I have no idea how they managed. I have seen close to 50 kids in one day!
- Sep 23 by fetchMarisette - I work in a city with a population about 140,000 and our school district has 37 public schools, with a nurse at each and a health clerk at each middle and high school. There are 8 other cities of comparable size within 30 miles for a total area population of 1.7 mil, with 9 school districts -- big military area, lots of population turnover. I'm at the smallest elementary school in my district, with 464 students at the moment.
Ratios vary at each school and through each district. City districts are more likely to have a nurse at every school, whereas I know some rural districts that only have a health clerk to split between multiple schools! The best way to find out is to contact the health services coordinator or HR at the district you're thinking of applying to.
And remember, even though the ratio is technically 464 to 1 here, in reality I only have 10 kids who get daily meds, maybe another 30 with emergency meds, and the rest is visits from "sick" kids and actual sick kids. I've had 3 kids in here at the same time today, but right now clinic's empty. Things change quickly. And for the principal (who is my direct supervisor), the expectation is to keep kids in class. This means sending really sick kids home so they don't infect others, and sending the ones who just want to hang out back to class ASAP.
- Sep 23 by MassEDIf you work in an ER, you will find this completely different and easier. You deal with minor issues and teachers who send kids to the nurses office for sometimes silly things. Kids can be neurotic and dramatic. It can be busy, but vastly different from busy in an ER.
- Sep 23 by schoolRNaprilQuote from MarisetteI am in a large urban area. Our school district has 52 schools with 30k kids. We are mostly 1 RN to 2 buildings. I have a middle school of 800 and an elementary of 450. I split my days between the two. I have to be at the elementary everyday because I have two type 1 diabetics there. Next year I will have 1 at each school. I do feel stretched thin at times.Hello again. I was just wondering if ERRNDeans has any updates on the school nursing at this time? Also, for any nurse who does this type of work, I was wondering what are the nurse patient ratios in large urban areas? If ratios are 1000 to one, how does the nurse manage? Do you travel to various schools throughout the day? What is does the expectation from the employer or schools? Thanks,
- Sep 25 by vnaplesI am not sure if you will like it, but I wish I had your experience. I feel like staff depend on me to know and diagnose everthing. We have called 911 several times usually for the staff and until paramedics arrive I have no one to back me up and it is a little nerve racking. The hours are great and I love the kids.