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- Jun 12, '12 by danceluverYou are so lucky @photomom! I hope I am able to find a school nursing job when i graduate. I would love working in the schools Any tips on how you got your job right out of school? Did you have any extra certifications?
- Jun 12, '12 by photomomHey danceluver, I actually got an ICU job right out of school and have been doing that for the past 5 years. I am only starting as a school nurse sub now through an agency and apparently it depends on your state and even disctricts in some cases as to what qualifies you as a school nurse. For me, it's being an RN and passing the tests, etc through my agency that qualify me for ANY agency job through them.
In my opinion (and maybe those of you with school nurse experience will disagree and that's fine), unless you went to nursing school for the sole purpose of being a school nurse (and maybe other community nursing positions, I'm not sure), then you should probably start your career somewhere you can get the greatest amount of experience in the least amount of time. That will open you up to a world of possibilities later, including school nursing, but then you will have real world experience to draw on if there's a real emergency and not struggle to remember what you learned years ago in nursing school. But, if it is what you've always wanted to do, then by all means, do it! You just don't want to be pigeon-holed into it down the road if you decide it's not really for you. As an experienced ICU nurse, I can basically pick and choose where I want to work and what I want to make.
Good luck with the rest of school!
Quote from danceluverYou are so lucky @photomom! I hope I am able to find a school nursing job when i graduate. I would love working in the schools Any tips on how you got your job right out of school? Did you have any extra certifications?
- Jun 13, '12 by FlarePhotomom's got that right! Not saying that there aren't school nurses that go into that job right out of nursing school, but they will have a harder time with the job. Student and staff come in to your office with questions about everything. And I mean everything. Medically fragile students that wouldn't have been in mainstream schools and now fully integrated. It isn;t uncommon for a nurse to do a tube feeding, straight cath, trach care, etc. You really need to be secure in your skills before you step into that office - remember - you'll be on your own. There usually isn't another nurse to precept you.
Every nursing student rolls their eyes when they are advised to work a year of med surg after gradution - that advice has stood the test of time for a reason - it's sound advice. It opens the doors for a lot of specialties.
- Jun 14, '12 by NutmeggeRNflare makes great points. i would also add that not everything is always as it seems....school nurses keep a ton of information filed away in their head and they may respond to a child/family/situation differently than you will based on the limitations of your knowledge and their familiarity with the child and family social system. that is not to say what you do will be wrong, but it may just be different, and you may or may not have the opportunity to discuss how each of you would handle a certain situation. soak up as much as you can from any orientation you may get and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
- Jun 15, '12 by donnaceehow are docs orders usually organized? should i look for charts on invidual kids? what else should i look around and find when i get there to make sure i have everything i need available when/if i should need it?
usually the orders are kept in a binder. you will see daily meds, prn meds. simple to follow
jun 12 by photomom a member since apr '09. posts: 12 likes: 2
oh, and maybe a silly question, but how high of a fever = send home criteria?
i send home with 100 and higher. honestly, if a kid comes in with 99.6ish and looks icky, i will send home because the fever will only go up.Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 14, '13 : Reason: Formatting
- Jun 22, '12 by HazelLPNI'm also a former critical care nurse (retired) working as a substitute school nurse, although I am an assistant and work almost exclusively with special needs students, but occasionally assist the regular school RN as needed. Many school nurses are former critical care nurses it seems. Yes, the job is easier than working in critical care for ME, but the actual school RN has many responsibilities. In someways, she/he is in a primary care role as many of our kids who live in poverty do not have regular pediatricians and the school nurse is the only healthcare provided that they see on a regular basis. As a sub, however, they will just be thankful that there is a nurse there.
Yes, I too was amazed to learn that school nurses gave G tube feeds, give meds, have kiddos on vents, have kids who get cathed and I've even have some on TPN if you can believe that. There are many more medically fragile children in schools these days than years ago. We have a special school for medically fragile children, some of which live in LTC facilities but can still come to school and learn. I am pretty busy sometimes, and its probably like working on a skilled LTC unit, although with many less patients and they don't send them to school if they suspect their are the slightest bit sick.
At first I felt naked. No drug box? No Os? No intubation box? What if a kid gets sick...I mean really really SICK? It can happen.....
Well, you've got juice boxes and cake frosting for the diabetics, inhalers for the asthmatics, epi pins for the kids with allgeries...and an AED, first aid kit and above all... 911 for emergencies.
Best to you.....you'll do great!
- Jan 13 by paulaclark29Hi i just got a postion to be a school nurse sub, i went to school for medical assistant, and theres no training so i was wondering is there any advice you nurses can give me?
- Jan 14 by crssy24Quote from paulaclark29I am a LVN/LPN and currently working as a school nurse. My best advice is to get a good county contact to give you some guidelines and protocols . My Contact told me to reference " The green book". Good luck!Hi i just got a postion to be a school nurse sub, i went to school for medical assistant, and theres no training so i was wondering is there any advice you nurses can give me?
- Jan 14 by squidbillyI became an RN last year and ended up getting hired as a "school nurse specialist" after having no luck finding employment in a hospital setting. I had a rough start, to say the least. Even though I obtained a permanent, 25 hr/wk position at the elementary school, I received very little orientation or guidance. As a new grad with limited clinical experience, and having little experience with children and the school system, I felt like a fish out of water. Five months later and I am happy as can be! I have never had job satisfaction like this before. I don't think you have much to worry about. You have extensive critical care experience, and amazing nursing judgment, I am sure, not to mention experience with children of your own. You got this!
- Jan 14 by roser13I think you got some good answers on your other thread. You need to be very careful as to how you present yourself and in the work that you're willing to do without a license.
Quote from paulaclark29Hi i just got a postion to be a school nurse sub, i went to school for medical assistant, and theres no training so i was wondering is there any advice you nurses can give me?