I wanted to know if anyone had any information on a career as a school Nurse and can share things like
a) The salary (I know its going to be lower than in a clinical setting but how much lower ?)
b) Do you follow the normal school schedule (8-5 M-F 9 months of the year) ?
c) Are you eligible for all the Teacher benefits provided by the state like Pension, Retirement Plan, Health Insurance etc.
d) Any special training required. Like additional certification, exams etc.
e) Are these jobs very difficult to get
f) Can you be a school nurse and work PRN in a hospityal setting in the summer etc.
g) If anyone has details about how to get a school nurse job for any of the North Houston area school districts ( Spring, Klein, Tomball, Cy Fair, Conroe, Humble etc) please let me know.
Aug 12, '09
I am not a nurse yet, but am a certified science teacher in TX familiar with most of the districts around here. I'm a native of Austin and most districts pay nurses on the teacher salary scale (probably much less than most nurses make in a hospital or even Dr's office setting....) Some districts require a BSN and experience, others require only an RN license, some LVN. Smaller, rural districts might set a pay scale separate for nurses and professionals other than teachers, but generally nurses will not make more than a teacher (most districts have a "Certified Professional" payscale and nurses and teachers fall under this scale). Pay for school district employees is not really based on market demands or even education level but a perceived accountability level, politics, and the amount of PR a particular position might involve. As an example a teacher with a PhD in Chemistry typically makes less than a counselor, an ESL teacher with a bachelor's or even a head football coach at a high school b/c of stipends.... The benefits are you will have summers off unless you find work in a district for summer school. Your day hours at a school are generally the hours of that school.
Payscales for districts are typically available on their website. The minimum state pay is like 27K I think, but most districts pay more than the minimum- very rural might be 35K with larger districts starting in the low 40's- dallas and houston pay a little better. If you get a job in a private school you can negotiate your pay.
However, I would love this job, for me the pay is no worse than I made as a teacher and I wouldn't have to write lesson plans LOL...it's all perspective I guess!
Last edit by GrayMatter on Aug 12, '09