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How do you get into school nursing

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Hello, I just wanted to know if someone could give me advice on how to get into school nursing? When I first graduated, it was easier to do so, but now everyone wants peds experience. I want thinking of doing home care as a peds nurse first since I can't get an interview in school nursing but just wanted to know if anyone had some insight. Thanx

sourapril

Specializes in public health. Has 5 years experience.

You look up your program admission requirements. Make sure you meet all of the requirements. You volunteer, research, work as a CNA, get as much clinical experience as possible. Get good recommendation letters. Get good grades for your pre-reqs. I can't think of anything else. This is just applying to a program, not rocket science.

BecomingNursey

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

You look up your program admission requirements. Make sure you meet all of the requirements. You volunteer, research, work as a CNA, get as much clinical experience as possible. Get good recommendation letters. Get good grades for your pre-reqs. I can't think of anything else. This is just applying to a program, not rocket science.

The OP is talking about working in a school as a nurse. Not getting into nursing school lol. Nice with the "not rocket science" quote though.

BecomingNursey

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

And sorry OP. No experience for ya. ER nurse here. No kids for me (voluntarily anyways) lol

Thanx lol. Yes I sorry for the confusion I meant working as a school nurse. Done with nursing school and whanted to know if anyone can give insight on how to land a job as a school nurse with no peds experience of if people are seeing that those are the requirements nowadays.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Substitute. In my state an RN can substitute with a certificate from the county board of education and a clear background/fingerprint check. They hire from the subs often.

A school nurse in my state must be certified. Must be an RN BSN and obtain a school nurse certification within a year (post grad masters level course work, most just go for the masters and are dual certified as a school nurse and health teacher)

Other states any LPN or RN can work as a school nurse with a clear background

Working in pediatric HH can give great experience before working as a school nurse. You will need to be confident in skills like diabetic management, trach, gtube, asthma, allergy and seizure precautions. I worked ped HH 5 years, and now I manage an elementary school of 300 kids. Look into subbing for the school, and working HH.

Blue_Moon, BSN, RN

Has 18 years experience.

Our district requirements are 5 yrs nursing experience with preference given to those with school nurse experience. Find out what your requirements are in your district (just call the board of Ed) then work towards that. Also definately sub. That's where you can get your school nurse experience and you'll be the first to hear of job openings.

Thankyou. I didn't think of checking what the board requirements were.

Blue_Moon, BSN, RN

Has 18 years experience.

We're also required to have our school nurse certification within one year of hire date. You could also work towards that now if your sure you want to be a school nurse. Having that would give you a leg up as well but the most important thing at this point would be experience. Even if you can only sub a couple days a month it's better than nothing.

nyy2

Has 6 years experience.

I "third" subbing. Substitutes almost always have first dibs at any openings. I was a substitute and when the nurse at my school resigned, I applied and was hired full time, so my position was never posted outside of the district. :up:

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

I agree with all my compatriots, but I did NOT sub.

I have experience, but NO peds.

I work in a high school.

hey yall, I'm a bit confused, when you say sub - are you just subbing for the actual school nurse, or are you subbing for teaching positions...?

Blue_Moon, BSN, RN

Has 18 years experience.

That would be subbing for the nurse! :) In some states you can sub as a teacher with any 4 yr degree but many you cannot. To get school nursing experience you need to work as a school nurse and not as a teacher.

Subbing for the School Nurse is a great way for a district to get to know you and a good in when an opening comes up. I have a favorite sub that if I was ever leaving I know the job would be hers if she wanted it. They would probably hire her without even putting it out to interview and even if they did put it out it would be a formality. Also the nice thing about subbing is you will get a better idea of the what the job really is or at least part of the job. Good luck!

zombieghoast

Has 2 years experience.

I got lucky. I didn't immediately find a nursing job right after graduation because I saw auditions for my favorite musical. I decided to take a small break and then once the musical was in full swing I started looking for a job. One of the people in the show with me asked her mom if the doctor's office she worked for was looking for a RN. Her dad is a superintendent of my school corporation and said he was looking for a nurse.