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New School Nurse!!

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rmgilb rmgilb (New) New

hello all! i have been a pediatric nurse in the hospital for 2 and 1/2 years now and i today i just accepted a job as a school nurse! does anyone have any advice for me? any websites that would be helpful for me to review or any books that would help me? besides a couple of clinicals in nursing school, i have never been in the school setting as a nurse! i am very excited about this new opportunity! any and all advice is appreciated!! thank you!

a good site is schoolnurse.com

Thank you! I will check it out!

noreenl

Specializes in school RN, CNA Instructor, M/S.

schoolhealthservicesny.com is a godsend!

The National Association of School Nurses site is http://www.nasn.org

Lots of information and free online continuing education. Click on the state affiliates link and find out if your state has a summer school nurse orientation.

Congrats!! :up:

I am starting this year as a new school nurse too.

I agree with noreenl about schoolhealthservicesny.com. I have been scouting out the best resources and this website has some really great sample care plans. Click on the "SN Tool Kit" tab, that's where I have found the most helpful information. Having been a peds nurse for 2+ years, it sounds like you have a great background and probably tons of relevant knowledge already. Study up on diabetes, anaphylaxis, and the types of things you will likely need to respond to as a school nurse, such as head trauma, fractures, etc. Also, since you're new to school nursing, try to learn about the legal boundaries and scope of practice of a school nurse in your state (for example, I think in some states, school nurses can administer OTC meds without doc orders, in others you must have an order- even for a cough drop). That is something I need to learn more about as well. Good luck with everything!

noreenl

Specializes in school RN, CNA Instructor, M/S.

You r 100% right Krystina! welcome to allnurses/ school nurses to you KrystinaRN and rmglib!!

thank you all so much! i plan on researching like crazy over the next month so i can be as prepared as possible! i am so excited, but still nervous at the same time! and congrats to you KrystinaRN! i hope we both love school nursing! :)

lperkrn, MSN, RN

Specializes in School RN, Ambulatory, Public Health. Has 6 years experience.

Thanks for this thread! I also just got my first full-time job as a school nurse.

Hi girls! I also just accepted a job as a school nurse in a parochial high school. I have limited peds experience. But i am very excited for this opportunity. I have an 11 yr old so am happy I will be working while she is in school and off when she is off. No more nights or weekends!

ChesapeakeRN

Specializes in Urgent Care, Family Health, Long term Ca.

Congrats Ladies!!!! I also just started my new job as a school nurse... I have the whole spectrum! 1st - 12th grade!! Its a private school. I was wondering if anyone has any info on freebies that I can get... since we aren't a part of the public school system I have to dig up things on my own. I'm loving the school so far... a little frustrated because the previous nurse was very unorganized. Any insight or advice is very much wanted/appreciated!!:smackingf

Hi ChesapeakeRN,

I am also starting out brand new in the school nurse role, and I also have K-12 kids split between two schools. I'm actually back working in the school system that I graduated from, and that is sort of an advantage I think. We're public though. Everyone has been really great so far. Monday will start my first full week (the kids came back this past Tuesday and I was just working half days because I was finishing up my last days at my old job), so I'm ready to hit the ground running! I'm finding there was some organization in some places but not really a lot of information or "clues" left behind for me to take an idea and say "oh, this would be helpful, maybe I can tweak it and make it work for me".

How is everyone doing with immunizations? I'm ok with handling my kindergarten files, but I'm wondering if I need to check every grade to make sure nothing was missed? I'm going to get everyone caught up on their paper health file first to make sure I don't have to keep any kids out of school, and then I think I'll take the time to input them in the computer at my convenience. Think this is a good attack plan? :idea:

Looking forward to swapping ideas!!

Jessika