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- by S-Rank Oct 8, '10Wanted to verify if a LVN in CA can work as a school nurse under the supervision of an RN or do they hold the same position. Also, any idea if there are schools hiring LVN's for such a position?
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- Oct 8, '10 by Flarei don't know about CA standards. Have you contacted the dept of Ed to verify through them?
- Oct 9, '10 by S-Ranknope but now I will
- Oct 10, '10 by geocachingRNCA is one of the only states (if not THE only) that requires you to be credentialed the similar to a teacher. You can work in a school as an LVN, however to work for a school district, you need at least a preliminary credential. This requires a 4 year degree in any subject, and an RN. This credential is good for 5 years and you must complete a school nurse certificate or MSN program within that time frame. School districts are having a hard time paying and depending upon where you are, you can start at as little as 38K. Hard to justify the additional education for that annual pay, unless you care about the schedule.
- Oct 11, '10 by S-Ranknope I just want to get my foot in the door. even if it is just assisting the school RN I would gladly take the job
- Oct 17, '10 by awsmfunYes, in California you have to be an RN with a bachelor's (does NOT have to be in nursing) plus extra classes/certification to be a "School Nurse." You can however, be a nurse (RN/LVN) that works for the school district without this certification. It may not pay has well as a "School Nurse" but considering you have ALOT of time off and everyday your children have off, it's a wonderful job. For extra money in the summer you can work as a camp nurse, making up to $1000 a week, plus your kids can usually come with you! Or you could work prn too during the school breaks.
There are school district jobs open for LVN's in California. Some of them are listed as Health Tech II, and some are open as LVN's, other school districts call them instructional aides. LVN's are responsible for tube feedings, trach care, cauterization, colostomy care and diabetes management. Here is an article about replacing Health Clerks in the TUSD with LVN's. School district delays vote on health clerk cuts | Tehachapi News
As a cost cutting strategy, school district are following the same model as Tehachapi of 1 RN for the entire school district and LVN's doing all the care and treatments for the students. With the controversy of on an RN/LVN being the only people able to give insulin, more schools are hiring LVN's. But some school districts have cut costs even more by hiring lay personnel off the street and task training them to everything an RN/LVN does , which has prompted the CA BON intervening with the injunction prohibiting insulin to be given by lay people.
Google the Los Angeles School District and do a search for LVN. Here is just one LVN job description but the position is called Instructional Aide (LVN) Instructional Aide (LVN) cc4552 There are others out there. You may also do some tutoring/teaching in your down time between students.
Also check with private agencies. I was once recruited to be a one on one aid by a staffing agency for a 3 year child so he could attend preschool.
Good luck, it's a fun job!Last edit by awsmfun on Oct 17, '10
- Jan 29 by 4Karrie2I see this is an old thread but wanted to comment anyway. I had an opportunity to work for a school district doing mostly diabetes management at several school sites within each week. As another poster correctly stated, the school districts in CA do not hire lay people to give insulin, though many SECAs (special education classroom assistants) and teachers are taught to do everything else, such as tube feedings, seizure meds, catheterizations, etc. If you would like to utilize your Vocation Nursing License within a school district, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Though I need to be a licensed nurse for my position, my official title is NOT LVN. The school districts and the certificated nurses do not like to refer to me as a nurse, preferring to always use the term LVN. I get it, they worked very had to get the BSN, Masters and CA School Nurse Certification and frankly, all of my RNs are amazing nurses. Though I have been trained in many of the things they do such as vision and hearing screenings for students, I am not allowed to do them. I do beleive this is for their own job security. It can be quite humbling and at times discouraging because I worked very hard for my LV NURSE license and am very proud of it. My job is diabetes care mangement, which I love, and is indeed the only reason I have the job, as unlicensed personnel are trained to do every other aspect of what I do which is primarily acutely ill students and parent phone calls and secretarial work. On the bright side, I enjoy what I do, have paid vacations, an average salary for LVN, and am getting my one year experience out of the way so I can eventually go work as a real nurse someplace else, if I so desire! Meanwhile, I suggest if this is something you also want to do, keep studying your NCLEX-PN books so you don't start forgetting about thyroids, livers, and heart disease, and things that don't usually affect small children. DO stay current on emergency and seizure care, diabetes management, and polished communication skills. You will need these. Good luck to you!!