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- by bella201 Feb 11Here's some background information so that you guys can better understand my dilemma:
I'm 20 and will be applying to an adn nursing program next yer. After I graduate from the 2yr program , I'm not sure if I want to go straight into school nursing right then cause I do like the idea of working in the ER, but am considering it. If I do go into school nursing right then I don't think I'll ever change specialty as I really like that it has a predictable stable schedule and the fact that I'd have summers off, which I would like to use for traveling. I really love to travel! I know i'd have a significant pay cut because it's school nursing but that's ok with me. What I care about is having time to enjoy myself with my hobbies and life. There's so many things I wanna do! If only school was scheduled 4 days a week instead of 5 lol!
**Anyway, my question is this: If I did go into school nursing straight after nursing school is it feasible/realistic to be able to work as a school nurse from now till I'm in my 60's or even 70's if I wanted to? Any school nurses out there who have been able to do this? What are your thoughts experiences? Thanks so much!!
- Feb 11 by skoolrnRight out or school you will not have the experience to work the ER or as a school nurse. These jobs also have minimum educational requirements in most cases... usually a BSN. In my state, a nurse must have significant peds experience and a BSN to get hired, then they need a national certification. Many school nurses who don't work the summer either have a spouse to cover the bills, or they work a summer job. I don't think it is feasible to work as a school nurse into your 60's or 70's.
- Feb 11 by Wave WatcherWhere I work as a school nurse we are considered 12 month employees. We get paid all year long (even summers). Therefore, you do not have to worry about a 2nd income to cover bills. Also, you do not have to have a BSN, although they want you to have nursing experience under your belt. Good luck!
- Feb 11 by itsmejuliOh please don't think that far ahead...you're only 20!
Anyway...I work in homecare and one of our part-time RNs is 72.
- Feb 11 by KelRN215The odds of getting a school nurse job right out of school are quite small. The qualifications for a public school nurse in my state are a BSN and like 3-5 years of pediatric experience. You also need a separate license through the DOE (qualifications to obtain initial licensure are BSN and several years of pedi/community health experience and then to obtain permanent licensure are national certification and perhaps a Masters' Degree).
- Feb 12 by Student Mom to ThreeMy very first RN job (two weeks after passing NCLEX) was as a school nurse. I have an ADN. Clearly, the requirements vary by state, and likely by district. Check around a bit and good luck!
- Feb 12 by NutmeggeRNHoly Guacamole I hope so!!!
I have another 13 years before I will be eligible for Medicare (52 looking at 65) I won't get health insurance from my district so unless there is gap insurance that is affordable...I'll be here....they may be pushing ME in the wheelchair but I'll be here...
unless I find a rich man!!! or win Powerball!
I think I have a better chance of finding affordable insurance at the rate I am going at now! hehe!!!
- Feb 13 by dfs1961I plan on working until the age of 66. I'll have 30 years by then and should be able to collect a nice pension, plus, if I'm healthy, that gives me quite a few years left to travel and enjoy retirement, as well as my grown adult children. I do plan, however, on starting to really enjoy my schedule once my youngest graduates from highschool in 11 years. I'll be 53 and hubby and I can do a lot of travelling on my school vacations and during the summer I can easily do my current job well into my 60's. I am on my feet probably 3 out of the 8 hours I work per day. Low stress and enjoyable most days!