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Can I refer to myself as RN or the school nurse

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kkanady kkanady (New) New

Hi all, I am a RN with an ADN degree and accepted a position as a nursing assistant because a school nurse has to have at least a bachelors. So my question and concern is can I refer to myself as nurse so and so or the nurse?

Sun0408, ASN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgical ICU. Has 4 years experience.

If I understand your question correctly; you are not a RN or the school nurse in the position you took. You are the aide only in this position. I would be careful working below your license level, you can still be held to the RN standard even when you are working at the level of a CNA or aide.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

No, she is an RN, but she took a job as an NA because although she is an RN, she is not a BSN, and that's what they hire.

Yes?

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

If I understand your question correctly; you are not a RN or the school nurse in the position you took. You are the aide only in this position. I would be careful working below your license level, you can still be held to the RN standard even when you are working at the level of a CNA or aide.

Sorry, you said the same thing.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

Yes, I wouldn't do it kkanady.

Sun0408, ASN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgical ICU. Has 4 years experience.

Lol, sorry if I was confusing. Long long weekend. I know she is a RN, just not in the position she took😉

icuRNmaggie, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU, SICU, CICU. Has 24 years experience.

Some states issue School Nurse Certification which is similar to a teaching certificate and requires a BSN.

Some states may also issue a temporary School Nurse Cerification to the Associate degree RN. Also in some states the LPN is enough to be the school nurse under the supervision of the Certified School Nurse.

It is an interesting question and I think the OP should review the job description and requirements in her particular state.

Personally I would just refer to myself as Ms Kanady and expect others to do the same.

Yes the requirements for nursing assistants is either take a 6 week course, be a LPN or RN. I thought it was weird to have an associates degree RN be a assistant but that is the way it is working in the school district

The NA position requires the applicant to take a 6 week course at the local community college or be a LPN or RN. It was and still is a bit confusing to me. So if something was to ever go down I'm the RN in the assistant role and I hope I wouldn't be responsible for whatever went wrong. What you all think? Do you agree? Or should I run?

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

The NA position requires the applicant to take a 6 week course at the local community college or be a LPN or RN. It was and still is a bit confusing to me. So if something was to ever go down I'm the RN in the assistant role and I hope I wouldn't be responsible for whatever went wrong. What you all think? Do you agree? Or should I run?

If you have a license as an RN, that is your scope, yes?

correct anything under a BSN have to be a nurses Assistant including a RN with an associates. :(

Its suppose to be but not in this position

Flare, ASN, BSN

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

Before accepting the job I would review tasks very carefully. If you are working as the nursing assistant and being paid as such then be sure that you are doing only those tasks. In my state the school nurse requires RS and BSN with additional cert for CSN. There could theoretically be an additional nurse in the office to help with treatments and meds and such that has their RN but no BSN/CSN. If that were the case in my office (which for the record, would make me oh so happy... just saying in case the fates of life are reading this) I'd refer to that person also as "the nurse".

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 25 years experience.

EEEK, be sure they are willing to accept the limitations of your role. Sounds like they want to have their cake and eat it too. If you are hired as an NA you CANNOT (I believe) do things that an RN would do). So that means you cannot fill in for sickness, cover the RN when she is busy. Check with your BON. I'm guessing they just don't want to pay you.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

Before accepting the job I would review tasks very carefully. If you are working as the nursing assistant and being paid as such then be sure that you are doing only those tasks. In my state the school nurse requires RS and BSN with additional cert for CSN. There could theoretically be an additional nurse in the office to help with treatments and meds and such that has their RN but no BSN/CSN. If that were the case in my office (which for the record, would make me oh so happy... just saying in case the fates of life are reading this) I'd refer to that person also as "the nurse".

But even though she IS a nurse, her job title is not "additional helper PD nurse", it's "NA".

I don't know. I think it could bite her in the booty. Hard.

delawaremalenurse

Specializes in Occ. Hlth, Education, ICU, Med-Surg.

Its suppose to be but not in this position

RN will be your scope of practice if something should happen and you get sued...you'll be held to the higher standard despite your job title

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Word of advice - make sure you have your own malpractice insurance. A policy that is yours and has your interest in mind.

I plug malpractice insurance to everyone regardless, but for some, I plug harder.

Windchaser22

Specializes in School nurse. Has 5 years experience.

In NJ you cannot work below your license level. Be very careful.