Do You Like Being A School Nurse?

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evelynkarirn, BSN, MSN, RN

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

Yup. A city school district.

evelynkarirn, BSN, MSN, RN

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

Yes. Public School in CA, but the world certainly has changed since I posted that...

Sarah235

Sarah235

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On 6/28/2020 at 3:49 PM, evelynkarirn said:

Yes. Public School in CA, but the world certainly has changed since I posted that...

Hi, I know this is an old thread, but I have a question for evelynkarirn,

I’m currently a teacher in an elementary school but I am applying to nursing schools and my goal is FNP. The only issue I have about leaving the teaching profession for nursing is the teacher retirement. As a school nurse in CA, do you get the same retirement as teachers? Also, I’m not married, so I’m not even sure if I could live in California on that salary. Can single people live on $100,000/year where you live? School nurse pay where I live is a joke-$30-40,000/ yearly. I’d have to move and transfer my retirement to another state (if that’s possible, I *think* it’s possible).

Thanks!

evelynkarirn, BSN, MSN, RN

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

Not all RNs in a district are considered “certificated“ staff/retirement eligible. It’s a question for the district you anticipate working for as to job classification and the contract/MOU between the district and the union.

My position as a Credentialed School Nurse (CSN) has CalSTRS; we are on the same contract and pay scale as the teachers, and our retirement is the same.

Hope this helps.

Sarah235

Sarah235

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Yes, thank you!