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Love my job! No, seriously!

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Has 25 years experience.

I do miss other nurses. I miss drawing blood and Foleys and other nursey stuff. I actually prefer docs to teachers.

Today, a 12th grade girl came in who has had bad concussions. She had spent a lot of the beginning of the year in my office. She came in today because she was upset about something going on with her younger sister. Crying and stressed. I have had to escalate this issue to one of the APs as it involves probably disciplining another student, and I also had to speak to the girls' mother- who thanked me repeatedly for being someone her daughter feels comfortable enough to confide in.

I honestly felt like crying. As much as I complain about the parents, some families are just so grateful to have someone here they feel they can trust. I am honored to be that person sometimes, especially for the kids. Great rewards.

Flare, ASN, BSN

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

It is important for us all to take a moment to savor the good moments in our jobs. The moments when we know that we have really made a positive impact in a child's life are the sweetest to me. The moments when we can can truly just enjoy our students for who they are - polite, silly, clever, brave, tough, sweet, weird, whatever. It's good that we come to this forum to vent and to seek advice from each other - but people on the outside may get the impression that we are all hard, bitter souls that hate our jobs - when we all know what's not the case - it's more of a secret handshake all school nurses have going on.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

It is important for us all to take a moment to savor the good moments in our jobs. The moments when we know that we have really made a positive impact in a child's life are the sweetest to me. The moments when we can can truly just enjoy our students for who they are - polite, silly, clever, brave, tough, sweet, weird, whatever. It's good that we come to this forum to vent and to seek advice from each other - but people on the outside may get the impression that we are all hard, bitter souls that hate our jobs - when we all know what's not the case - it's more of a secret handshake all school nurses have going on.

Okay, THIS made me tear up as well.

Geez.

At the end of it all these kids are my kids and I care for each and every one of them. I want them to turn out to be happy, successful, healthy adults. If I make a little difference in getting them there I am so grateful for the opportunity. Love being a school nurse and love my kiddos!

Wave Watcher

Specializes in Community Health/School Nursing. Has 7 years experience.

Great post! No matter how bad my day gets....or how many times in my mind I have punched someone in the face.... I LOVE MY JOB. I wake up in the mornings not dreading my "shift" and leave every day without the excessive worry of "what did I forget or am I going to get a phone call from the next shift nurse about my patient", I would never go back to floor nursing. Very honored and thankful for my kiddos and job.

That's really great! When people love their job, they do everything great and with a smile. Everyone should be so and would be so in a perfect world. I think loving your job is especially important in medicine. Besides, saving lives was always a great motivation for me. I'm glad you are so into it!