I just started school nursing at the elementary level last week, 500 students at the school. I have been a RN since 2011 with 1 year of adult Med surg experience, 5 years of nursery experience, and did two years in a pediatric day surgery/PACU unit. So Far I’m not sure if I like it. I got a day and a half of training with the previous RN and then I’ve been on my own with the help of an aid. However that is only for the week. My second week on my own I may only have an aid 2-3 days out of the week.
so far, I love seeing and taking care of the kids. What I don’t like is all the other stuff. I had no idea how much falls on the school nurse. All the behind the scenes things. Care plans, keeping up with immunizations, screenings, contacting parents/teachers for various things, taking care of new enrollments. There’s so much paperwork and you are expected to do it with kids coming into your clinic every few minutes. I would be okay with all of this falling on the nurse If there was assistance in the clinic every day.
the other thing that terrifies me is emergencies. I’m so scared of being the only person on the campus if something happens. I’m used to being in the hospital with all the support and equipment. Even then it wasn’t my strength. I am not an adrenaline junkie, I tend to freeze up. And I also tend to let someone else take the lead and I take the role of helping in emergencies. And now it’s me! I’m so scared for the first time something happens.
so I’m beginning to think maybe I don’t have the right personality for this. Has anyone else experienced this ? Any input would be much appreciated