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- Feb 8 by ian_onymousHats off to you. I'm glad you enjoy your work as a school nurse! :-)
- Feb 8 by proud nurseI get the impression that many nurses think that unless you work in a hospital, you aren't doing "real nursing", and I don't know why that is.
I was a school nurse for about 3 years, and worked in LTC for 7 years. According to most people all I did was put on bandaids and watched people sleep. It's finally just now that I'm a real nurse since I have a hospital job...yeah, whatever.
I never cared much about what people think. I do what makes me happy, and what's best for me and my family.
- Feb 8 by VespertinasYou don't need anybody's validation! It's a rare thing to love what you do. Thank you for doing it well.
Also, I blame academia in part for this mentality. They often seem to push the idea that ICU hospital nursing is the pinnacle of our profession.
- Feb 9 by lovetheoceanYour job is valuable and certainly relevant to the medical profession. Thanks for all you do!
- Feb 9 by GodgirlI am currently a PT surgical nurse and I am also a substitute school nurse. I have worked in surgery for many years, but I have only been a substitute school nurse for two years. I am amazed that people would say school nurses aren't real nurses!! I believe that school nurses have such a wide knowledge base, they need to know so many different areas, not just one specialty. I would be thrilled to be a school nurse full time. I would be honored to be able to join such a great area. I would hold my head up high and so should all school nurses.
- Feb 9 by samadams8School nurses are definitely real nurses. Can be challenging dealing with some of the kids and parents.I say, if you are happy and enjoy it, you are among a very select group of people that actually likes or even loves their job. You are blessed.I have been asked to do it, but never really wanted to. That's me.
Not everyone can do it, and cert means a baseline four years BA or BS and extra coursework.I'm with the other person that said they don't much care what others think. That's the truth. Be glad you have found your niche...at least for now or however long. Many people haven't found that place. I say congratulations to you!
- Feb 9 by crazy&cuteRNI sub now as a school nurse and love it ! Don't let others discourage you . Be confident in school nursing. I had an ICU nurse shadow me one day, she could not believe how busy the health room was. I could tell this would take time for her to get used to. The school nurse forum is an excellent way to vent too.
- Feb 9 by nglaurenRNI'm a new grad and my first RN job is school nursing. I never thought of becoming a school nurse since I didn't want to be in pediatrics. I love kids but i don't think I can handle seeing very sick kids and it takes guts to do that. However, I took the job offer because I was bored out of my mind from being out of school for 3 months. And why not? I did nursing not just for the title, but I wanted to help the kids that need me.
I never realized how important school nurses are until now, since I didn't really work with a school nurse during my clinical rotation. We basically have to work for the whole community that surrounds that school that we're at --- I have 5 schools and I have health assistants in each school sites that I have.... Let me tell you, I get really scared when I get called for emergencies (since i'm fresh out of school) and I pray every morning that my kids are safe in school and I don't get any surprise calls. Although I don't deal with the ice packs and bandaids, I have to deal with the emergencies, diabetics, catheterization, and the sickest kids, the non-compliant parents, and administrators.
It's hard work and I really feel like i'm making a difference in the short time that i've been a school nurse. However, I have to leave school nursing for a new grad program because I'm not confident enough to deal with emergencies. Handling the whole district with 5 schools is just too much for me without any previous experience. I really believe that someone needs to have experience and a wide base base of knowledge to be a school nurse! It's a challenge and you never know what you will get. I would do school nursing again in the future though and I'm glad that I at least tried it. Oh and I will also miss the random hugs I get from my kids whenever they see me around --- pricelessLast edit by nglaurenRN on Feb 9 : Reason: added comment
- Feb 9 by StephalumpOh, don't let people's opinions get ya down. We all have our own ideas of what nursing "is," and all that matters is you're living up to your expectations.
I did a school nursing clinical rotation and I wanted to gouge my eyes with a hot pitch fork. When I found out the RN I was working with ha only ever done school nursing during her 30 year career, my thought was...what a waste of a degree!
But the more time I spent there, the more nursely things I realized she did. It just didn't match the idea I had in my head.
And that's ok. I love psych...another field that requires constant defense. One of my best friend loves working in nursing homes. All nurses using nursing skills, just in different ways.
- Feb 9 by sleepy17I have to get THIS off my chest. I'm really sick of nurses berating other nurses/not having each other's backs. Just because you don't work in a hospital doesn't mean you are not a "real nurse". You are doing a job that you love, makes you happy, and does require a lot of critical thinking! You earned that nursing degree and as a result have a job to show for it. Some people really want to pity themselves/go on some ego trip to try to prove to others that they are some top achiever or the best nurse in the world. Please. They think it makes them sound more important, but really, they just sound pathetic and self-conscious. Keep on doing an awesome job. Nurses are needed everywhere, and your job is just as important as any