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UpliftingRN BSN, RN

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UpliftingRN has 11 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Inspiring to Inspire.

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  1. UpliftingRN

    Do You Like Being A School Nurse?

    That's awesome! Is this a public school system in CA?
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    Updated Resource Guide

    Hi all, I was hoping you had some suggestions for an updated resource guide for a brand spanking new school nurse who needs a lot of brushing up on assessment skills, disease education, nursing indications and treatments for common situations faced in the school nurse environment (asthma, diabetes, anaphalaxis, seizures). I did find the Manual of School Health handbook for school nurses but it is 10 years old. Does anyone else have any go to resources or suggestions? Thanks!
  3. UpliftingRN

    Do You Like Being A School Nurse?

    93k for 184 days? What city is this in and what type of school? From what I’ve been reading this is astronomically higher than average school nursing pay. What is everyone else doing wrong?!
  4. UpliftingRN

    1 wk into School Nursing ready to quit!! Is this normal?

    Are you factoring in 4 weeks (20 days) paid vacation and 9-10 national holidays that wouldn't count as working days at a regular job into the 262 when you are calculating salary?
  5. UpliftingRN

    A late hello comrades and salary question!

    Are you in NYC or another city in NY? I just accepted a position for $66,000 at a private school in NYC, however I did have to negotiate from the original offer of $62,000. They did take into consideration my years of experience and we have a "Staff Association" which is basically a union who authorized me to be placed on one step higher for salary. I am also working with another RN who is the Director of Nursing. They spread out the salary over 12 months in two paychecks per month and it's for 172 school days. We also get an additional 9% of our base salary beginning on our first day of work and vested in 3 years. The medical benefits are super pricey and almost $300/month
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    School nurse salary non-negotiable?

    UPDATE: I officially accepted the offer after negotiating up about $4,000. There was a contract but they bumped me up one of the steps. For some reason they cut off the steps at 8 years experience for nurses but agreed to pay me based on 9 years (I have 10 in total). I at least feel more confident in accepting the offer and moving forward. A $30,0000 salary decrease is a bit scary! I am super nervous but also excited to start this whole new journey!
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    School nurse salary non-negotiable?

    Hi all, I was hoping I could get some feedback or personal experience with this topic from the collective group. Upon my initial offer from a private school I was told the salary was non-negotiable when I tried to counter offer. There is a Staff Association with a collective bargaining agreement who delineates specific pay scale steps. This is my first time working in a school as a nurse and wasn’t sure if this was something that comes with the territory when you’re working in a school amongst teachers who are usually on specific pay scales (who actually have a higher pay scale). Any thoughts/experience with this?
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    1st School Nurse Interview

    I GOT AN OFFER! It is for $62,679 annually, paid out bi-monthly for the entire year for a 172 day school year. I'm getting nervous because I've never made this amount as an RN so I hoping this is a good offer? It's so hard to tell here in NYC because when I search online for salaries they varied pretty widely. It's a private school with a "Staff Association" that has a pay scale (separate for faculty and all other staff) which they cap at compensating past 8 years experience. Any thoughts?
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    1st School Nurse Interview

    UPDATE! I had my interview yesterday with the administration and the RN Director and I think it went well. I forgot how intimidating principals were lol! They were really grilling me and picking apart my experience (which was lacking school or peds experience). I felt a little inadequate at first but I felt by the end of the interview I won them over a bit with my personality and obvious passion for anything I do. I'm assuming it went well because the recruiter from HR has reached out asking for my references. Keeping my fingers crossed!
  10. UpliftingRN

    1st School Nurse Interview

    Thank you so much everyone for your insight and advice! My second interview is tomorrow with the RN Director of Nursing and the rest of the administration. I'm so full of excitement and nervousness at the thought of this new journey! I've never worked in a school environment and I don't have a ton of pediatric experience so I'm hoping my personality, passion and ambitions shine through!
  11. UpliftingRN

    1st School Nurse Interview

    Update: Interview went well! Thank you for all the advice on what to brush up on clinically! I have a final interview this week with the rest of the school board. The Director of Nursing gave me some more insight into what the student body looks like: Private school of 1500 students 200-300 faculty 1 Nursing director + potentially me (currently 2 per diems) 2 seizure kiddos, 1 diabetic, several on epi allergy plans, several regular meds The director said that it's a mad house there and she's always running around and there's a lot of work to do. I am all about the hustle and bustle and actually like a face-paced environment. However, these kiddos don't sound too "clinically sick" compared to what I've been hearing. Wondering what else could be so taxing there? I'm actually thankful I will have a less sick population since my clinical skills need to be ramped back up after so long without hands on experience and that I have another nurse to hopefully mentor me a bit. What else other than lots of sick kiddos creates a lot of difficulty for you as school nurses?
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    1st School Nurse Interview

    My interview is with the Director of Nursing tomorrow so I'm anticipating some real "on the job" type questions. The school is pre-k through 12th grade. Should I also commit developmental stages to memory? I want to be ready for any clinical type questions but don't want to stress and over do it just to remember nothing
  13. UpliftingRN

    1st School Nurse Interview

    What did you find to cause you to want to leave so quickly and what city are you in?
  14. UpliftingRN

    1st School Nurse Interview

    Hi Everyone! I am super excited and super nervous to have my 1st school nurse interview tomorrow! I was hoping to get some suggestions/pointers on how to prepare from all of you seasoned and experienced nurses. I am particularly nervous because I am coming from a nursing career without much peds experience and will have to brush up on my knowledge. Any tips or tricks will help! Hoping to be "one of you" soon !
  15. UpliftingRN

    Transition to school nurse

    I am interviewing this week for a school (not public) that has 1500 students pre-k through 12th grade. Is that a normal/manageable amount for a school nurse by most standards?
  16. UpliftingRN

    Transition to school nurse

    In NYC I'm assuming the reason there is always a great need for school nurses is due to the shear numbers produced by the population here, and the need for a high salary due to the astronomical cost of living. Put in short, not enough nurses willing to work for half the salary they'd make in a hospital setting, coupled with a vast number of children/schools in need of those nurses.
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