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- Dec 5, '12 by helenaebergI also went from nursing school to school nursing...it's been almost exactly 4 months since I started and all I can say is that I've learned A LOT, especially about myself. I had no orientation, I had to find my own mentors, and I have no one telling me what to do or how to do it. I've had to assert myself, say NO to doing data entry and other tasks that have nothing to do with my job, and I've learned to develop a to-do list prioritizing immediate needs (diabetics, IEP assessments, etc.). Now I am used to continuously questioning myself and having to troubleshoot without any other "medical" person around and as time passes I realize that I am able to answer my own questions most of the time. There is so much more to learn, and I just registered for my state's annual convention so that I can meet other School Nurses, go to tons of workshops, and hopefully learn a bunch of stuff!!
I'm glad you decided to stay on the job, we need school nurses! Like someone else mentioned, you really should give a new job/career as much time as possible before you make drastic decisions such as resigning. I tend to give myself at least a year before I even start to think about changing where I live or where I work.
- Dec 6, '12 by squidbillyI am in California, where jobs for new grads (especially ADNs) are hard to come by. My school district is in a very impoverished, rural community. The pay works out to about $22/hr, which is about half the starting wage for an RN position in a hospital. For me, I am willing to make significantly less than possible with my degree in exchange for the freedom my schedule allows me. I work M-F, 5-6 hrs/day, and get all school holidays off (all paid, except for summer).
- Dec 6, '12 by squidbillyMy decision to resign so soon was due to feeling that the lack of training created an unsafe environment that could potentially jeopordize my license. Since this is a public forum I will refrain from getting into details. The school was also 1.5 hrs from my home, and I was having a difficult time justifying spending 15 hrs/week in my car for a part-time job. I have since moved.
- Apr 7 by jdonovan151I'm looking for information from experienced school nurses... specifically resume writing assistance as well as pay scale in the Boston, Ma areas. I'm 43years old have been a nurse since 96 but have not been practicing at the bedside for 10 years.. I am however in a Nurse Practitioner program and will have that completed in a little over a year.
- Apr 8 by NutmeggeRNAre you looking to work in a School based health clininc?