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New H.S. Nurse


Has 4 years experience.

Hi! I just recently landed the position of a high school nurse with about 600 students, scheduled to start in the fall. I’ve been a nurse for 3 years in the hospital setting (MedSurg/OR). I’m not gonna lie I’m pretty nervous. I’ve been told it’s a different world compared to what I’m used to.
Any advice? What’s a day as a high school nurse even look like? TIA 😊

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 25 years experience.

Hardest job I have ever loved! Lots of kids with emotional/anxiety issues. I deal with immunizations, screenings, case manage kids with chronic health issues. THe usual physical complaints that very often have an emotional origin. They are actually like onions! You need to peel them back to get to the heart of the matter. Lots of contact with the athletic department, ensuring their physicals are up to date. I also manage our concussion protocol.

And who knows what Covid-19 will bring to the table!?!?

Good luck and hang out here, we are the best and friendliest forum!!


Specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health. Has 21 years experience.

On 6/22/2020 at 10:52 AM, NutmeggeRN said:

hang out here, we are the best and friendliest forum!!

1000% this!

Avill, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing, Home Health. Has 4 years experience.

A lot of mental health more than hands on. Most days you deal with minimal things like bloody noses and cuts, other random days you can have kids who fought and emergencies related to drugs or violence. We deal with type 1 diabetes and seizures too, you’ll do great though !


Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

Check out the resources section National Association of School Nurses: www.nasn.org also your state association

e.g. PA https://pasnap.nursingnetwork.com/

Visit your states department of health/education website for info on immunizations and school health requirements in your state.

Best wishes.

beachynurse, ASN, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 36 years experience.

Welcome to High School! I've been a high school nurse in a school with almost 2,000 students and 250 faculty and staff for 15 years. I absolutely love what I do! Just ask us lots of questions, we are here to support each other!!

LikeTheDeadSea, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.