I knew from the beginning of nursing school I wanted to be a school nurse. I took school nursing as my community clinical rotation. My mentor advised I get 5 years of hospital experience then look for a school nurse position. I thought this was excessive but did it anyway. Along the way I got my certification and took a part-time health room assistant job while looking for a FT CSN position. I was promoted within the hospital to a nurse coordinator.
What I am trying to say is the best advise I got was to get experience before stepping into a school. My past experience allows me to advocate for the student and school because I understand the big picture. School nursing isn't about the band-aids and ice packs, its about how to create a healthier environment so each student can be educated. It is about understanding patterns, trends and what to do with this information. Assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, and outcomes don't apply only to the individual but also to situations and the institution. Become proficent as a practioner so you can better serve the students.