What a great read this thread was! So many eloquent posts I can relate to.
I don't want to say I love my school nursing job because I'm annoyingly superstitious and don't want it to come crashing down. But those that hear me talk about the work likely see that I do love it. Plus being home with my family on weekends and evening is wonderful.
I do miss my twisted night shift crew at the hospital, the skills, the constant gaining of knowledge, and the rush. But I don't miss the dangerous staffing ratios, lifting heavier and heavier patients, the non-compliant frequent flyers, the detoxers, or the oncoming day shift nurse pouting that I didn't complete the first three hours of her shift.
I've had a few rushes in school nursing (which can be darn scary on my own). But other school nurses in district are just as helpful, knowledgeable and fun. The knowledge is different but still interesting (childhood diabetes and asthma are quite different than the usuals I dealt with at the hospital). While I rarely felt like an educator at the hospital, I can get through to the kids at school and and their parents...I'm in a low income area where parents need help and direction, but really are doing their best and are appreciative.
Plus being home with my family on weekends and evening is wonderful. After doing nights for so long, I needed this routine. I'm sure I'll have a bigger appreciation over the next month when I don't have to work a twelve after a night of holiday celebrations!