Do You Like Being A School Nurse?

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shellfrmmo

shellfrmmo, ASN, BSN, LPN, LVN, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse. Has 26 years experience. 61 Posts

you did the right thing. You would have lost your sanity doing that job!

evelynkarirn, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Public Health, School Nursing, Psych. Has 18 years experience. 44 Posts

School Nursing is my dream job. I've done LOTS of jobs as an RN, including ED, L&D, Tele, Public Health, Mental Health, Step-Down, Utilization Review, and more. Been everything from an interim permit nurse to a Deputy Director. I've taught RN classes at a state university, worked in a state prison, and conducted psych practica at acute care facilities. I've had love/hate relationships with almost all my positions till I became a school nurse.

General Info

Hours 8a-3:15p (with a paid 50 minute lunch)

184 days/year

School sites are within 1-2 miles of my home (1 middle and 2 elementary)

Oversee care for 1,960 children

Lots of autonomy

Great benefits (sick time, medical, retirement, etc.)

Pay decrease (but still make $93K)

Health Attendants at each school take care of superficial injuries, incontinence, mailings, routine health office care, etc.

Spend lots of time on

Vision/hearing/scoliosis screenings

IEP/504 health reviews, reporting, and meeting

Communicating with parents - sometimes the hardest part of the job

Tracking communicable disease exposures/outbreaks

Immunization issues

Writing Health Plans/Emergency Care Plans

Managing non-compliant, brittle diabetics

Completing state reports

I love the variety, how quickly my days speed by, the kids, my co-workers, the cyclic nature of the work, and the typically stress-free nature of the position.

The only con is that despite having an MSN, I have to spend $9K on university classes to become a Credentialed School Nurse (not all places/districts have this requirement, so you may not have to worry about this).

txbootsy

txbootsy

Specializes in School Nurse, professor, OBGYN. Has 12 years experience. 129 Posts

I enjoy the kids, the holidays, summers off.

I love getting off at 3:30 pm.

I don't like going 5 days a week, but it's still doable.

I have great benefits, retirement, and I make salary and get paid for 12 months a year.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience. 12,646 Posts

'Do I like being a School Nurse?"

Not today.

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 39 years experience. 8 Articles; 4,560 Posts

Farawyn said:
'Do I like being a School Nurse?"

Not today.

Not this past week, which is really unusual for me.

Miss10

Miss10

5 Posts

Hello, are any of you still school nurses and do you still love?

Locken2

Locken2

2 Posts

Thanks for this encouraging post. Been a mes/surg/tele nurse 12 years and just applied for school nurse position. Have 3 young boys and husband is a RN also and really hoping to get an interview soon!

lifelearningrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 8 years experience. 2,534 Posts

Good Luck. I love being a school nurse. It's sometimes thankless and the pay sucks... but you can't beat the long term relationships you build with your students and families.. and the time off doesn't suck either.

UpliftingRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in getting it done. Has 14 years experience. 115 Posts

On 3/28/2016 at 1:38 PM, evelynkarirn said:

School Nursing is my dream job. I've done LOTS of jobs as an RN, including ED, L&D, Tele, Public Health, Mental Health, Step-Down, Utilization Review, and more. Been everything from an interim permit nurse to a Deputy Director. I've taught RN classes at a state university, worked in a state prison, and conducted psych practica at acute care facilities. I've had love/hate relationships with almost all my positions till I became a school nurse.

General Info

Hours 8a-3:15p (with a paid 50 minute lunch)

184 days/year

School sites are within 1-2 miles of my home (1 middle and 2 elementary)

Oversee care for 1,960 children

Lots of autonomy

Great benefits (sick time, medical, retirement, etc.)

Pay decrease (but still make $93K)

Health Attendants at each school take care of superficial injuries, incontinence, mailings, routine health office care, etc.

Spend lots of time on

Vision/hearing/scoliosis screenings

IEP/504 health reviews, reporting, and meeting

Communicating with parents - sometimes the hardest part of the job

Tracking communicable disease exposures/outbreaks

Immunization issues

Writing Health Plans/Emergency Care Plans

Managing non-compliant, brittle diabetics

Completing state reports

I love the variety, how quickly my days speed by, the kids, my co-workers, the cyclic nature of the work, and the typically stress-free nature of the position.

The only con is that despite having an MSN, I have to spend $9K on university classes to become a Credentialed School Nurse (not all places/districts have this requirement, so you may not have to worry about this).

93k for 184 days? What city is this in and what type of school? From what I’ve been reading this is astronomically higher than average school nursing pay. What is everyone else doing wrong?!

evelynkarirn, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Public Health, School Nursing, Psych. Has 18 years experience. 44 Posts

I’m in CA (Central Valley). Since writing this, salaries have increased another $13K but that’s with a master’s and post-grad units at the 15 year mark. Much of northern CA offers salaries over $100K.

Still loving what I do!

UpliftingRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in getting it done. Has 14 years experience. 115 Posts

13 hours ago, evelynkarirn said:

I’m in CA (Central Valley). Since writing this, salaries have increased another $13K but that’s with a master’s and post-grad units at the 15 year mark. Much of northern CA offers salaries over $100K.

Still loving what I do!

That's awesome! Is this a public school system in CA?

T-ROD

T-ROD, LPN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 16 years experience. 101 Posts

I wouldn't be anywhere else!!!!!!