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Newbie here!

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Proud to say I just accepted my first school nurse position today for 14-15 school year! I've been in pediatric home health forever!!! Time for a change. Dreading talking with the family of my pediatric patient though tomorrow. Wish me luck! I feel honored to join this side of nursing!!!!

AmberBradford

Specializes in Peids. Has 2+ years experience.

Welcome to the world of school nursing! You will love it. I have done home health for a child and now school nursing. School nursing is more like working in a busy doctors office. You will see tons of things that you did not think you will ever see. Good luck!

Thank you so much! Any advice for giving the bad news to the family? I've been with the same child for years!

AmberBradford

Specializes in Peids. Has 2+ years experience.

nurseshajwani,

I would tell the sooner then later. Let them know that it is not them as a family or their child making you move on. I would let them know that you would be willing to allow the a new nurse to shadow you for a week or so to help them get to know the child and how you have done things. I told my family that I just felt that I needed to move into a new area of nursing so that I would not burn out as a nurse. The family was very understanding. I put no blame on anything or anyone. Hope this helps.

jfoss

Specializes in Emergency.

How exciting i myself am a new grad an i have a school nurse interview on july 16! any tips on how the interview might go? im nervous as heck!

At my interview I was questioned by not only the nursing supervisor of the school district but also the principals of the schools hiring. They asked me questions like How do you prepare and plan for emergencies? What does the role of a school nurse mean to you? What do you think is the most frustrating part of school nursing, etc. I basically stressed the fact that I always assess, implement and prioritize and are always prepared for the worst case scenario. Let me know how it goes! Good luck!

BumblebeeinNC, ADN, BSN

Has 7 years experience.

nurseshajwani,

I have an interview this week for a school nurse position and I wondered if you would mind sharing how you answered the above questions, specifically how would you plan and prepare for emergencies? I am currently on a Peds unit at a hospital and school nursing is totally new to me. Thank you for any insight!

BumbleBeeinNC

To answer the emergency question I simply used the nursing process as an example. I would plan ahead accordingly to the students who already have significant health concerns, chronic problems and need medication daily. Those children especially would need care plans and an emergency protocol right off the bat. So assessment is key at first, then coordinating with parents and other staff to agree on a protocol for each child. Then of course being prepared in that you have supplies on hand, always physically prepared for an emergency and that depending on state laws and school district policies that you can delegate certain tasks to other staff during an event. I hope that helps. The Interview was a blur to me afterward!

nurseshajwani,

I have an interview this week for a school nurse position and I wondered if you would mind sharing how you answered the above questions, specifically how would you plan and prepare for emergencies? I am currently on a Peds unit at a hospital and school nursing is totally new to me. Thank you for any insight!

BumbleBeeinNC

BumblebeeinNC, ADN, BSN

Has 7 years experience.

Thank you! I was thinking the question was directed toward school disasters (like those on the news lately ) or weather disasters and I had no clue how to respond to those subjects.

Congrats and welcome to the world of school nursing! Come here often-this group is great for questions, vents, concerns, etc. Being alone we need each other!