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Nurse vs teacher, I choose NURSE!

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by Kdrenee Kdrenee (Member) Member

Kdrenee has 1/2 years experience and specializes in inerested in school nursing, peds, OR.

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Hello all,

I am a 22 year old soon to be nursing student, and boy am I excited! I just wanted to get a little in sight from all of you school nurses since that it was I want to do so badly it hurts! I have been a teachers aid/ preschool teacher since I was 16. I love to teach, and I love my kids of all ages. When it came to choosing my degree path, my parents and friends were all sure that I would become a teacher. Yes that would be nice, and I definitely would be good at it, and I would be very happy with that job, BUT that is not the direction I have chosen.

I want to be a school nurse more than anything I have ever wanted in my entire life! I love children, I love to teach, and I also love SCIENCE. I truly think I will be happier as a nurse than as a teacher. I feel like being a nurse will be a change in my life, and it will be exciting to me!

I have two aunts who are both nurse managers and they are urging me to stay away from school nursing and pursue peds. I may in-fact begin in peds (because everyone says you need that 2 years of acute care experience), but school nursing is what I will call home! I just know it.

So, now that I have rambled on and on, I would like to ask all of you... What do you love about your job?

Where did you look to find your job? online job boards, newspapers, school district websites?

was this your ultimate goal when you were a nursing student?

Did you get the 2 years of acute care experience that everyone says you need?

I can't wait to get responses!

Thanks so much!

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Wave Watcher has 7 years experience and specializes in Community Health/School Nursing.

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Funny but I would have become a teacher instead of a nurse if I had to do it all over again. Don't get me wrong....I love my job and my kiddos! I was very lucky with obtaining my job. I worked as a prn agency nurse for metro schools here in my city and I also worked for city schools outside Nashville for about 2 yrs. My goal was to be hired on full time. I kept in contact with one of the nurse managers along the way and she is the one who let me know there was an opening. I was hired because she knew me from my prn work and I did a good job. I was lucky. It is VERY hard to get into school nursing. Many states require a BSN and some areas require an MSN.

I do not have experience in peds or ER. My experience is 1 yr floor nursing on an Ortho/Neuro floor and then of course my 2yrs school nursing prn. I dropped floor nursing and focused ONLY on school nursing for 2 yrs......that was a plus when being hired.

Good luck!

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dfs1961 has 5 years experience and specializes in Medical Surgical Telemetry.

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I have 5 years of cardiac step-down, med surg experience. It wasn't that hard to break into school nursing. I subbed for the past year, did a good job, and then applied when someone retired. I think the hard thing about breaking into school nursing is the fact that you have to wait for someone to die or retire before a job opens up.....I love my job and don't miss the old one. And I would never be a teacher - I think it is a much harder job than school nurse!

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Nurse ABC has 14 years experience.

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I was hired after a yr of acute care experience. I took a pay cut. I enjoyed the kids, the lower stress, and the schedule was nice but I got tired of it really fast. I found out through a friend of my Mom's they were hiring so I went for it but it was never an ultimate dream-I was just tired of all the forced overtime at the hospital. A good way to get your foot in the door is by subbing. I had to have a BSN and a school nurse certification so call your local school board to see what they're requirements are. I never found school nursing "exciting" though. Enjoyable at times sure. I think you need good assessment skills because you are the only medical person in the building and will get any and all emergencies but thankfully those don't happen often! Good luck!

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I love my job for the family time I get. Summers and holidays off are pretty awesome. I love the few times that I do make a difference in a child's life but the job has become pretty frustrating to me. My office is used as a "dumping" ground to send students when the teacher needs a break, and more than anything I wanted to be a nurse and this job does not make me feel like one. I'm the only nurse on the entire campus and it's beyond frustrating being the only medical professional and it's hard sometimes to keep the peace when they expect you to do things out of your scope. Pay is absolutely terrible compared to say working at a hospital. If you really enjoy young kids, then it might be right up your alley. But if you enjoy performing all your nursing skills, be prepared to mainly handle immunizations, dishing out ADHD meds, and vision/hearing/spinal screenings. And it is very difficult to get into. My job literally fell into my lap when my daughter was only 4 months old and my husband was working 12 hour nights so it truly was a Blessing. But I am getting burned out. It will probably depend on where you work too. I only had a month of surgical work under my belt and was hired as an LVN. (Another plus was that the job was so laid back that I had time to work towards my RN, which I now have.) As long as my children are small, I will hang on to this job as long as I can unless something happens. The way I see it, I can always do PRN work in an area I really love on my breaks. I also agree with everybody else that it's easier to get hired on I'd you start subbing for them.

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