Frankly, I left hospital nursing because it was a thankless job (the majority of the time). Patients do not respect you and the responsibilities you carry. And the responsibilities placed on floor nurses are ridiculous these days with budget cost/nurse patient ratio's and such. Just because the times are bad doesn't mean people don't become ill! They (patients) think, in general, that you are there to serve them and them only.
I love school nursing. Im in an elem setting and the kids are so great! How often do you get a chance to make a difference in a childs life... on a daily basis? Sure, the money is not the greatest... but it is what it is. Hopefully, maybe one day school nurses will be recognized and compensated the way the should. I do hand out occasional bandaids, but... I also manage some very medically fragile students. In the hospital, you can bounce questions off of fellow nurses. In the school YOU are it! There is a lot of responsibility there. I think the comments made by your peers regarding school nursing are just a lack of knowledge as to what school nursing is about. You can try and educate them on that... but more than likely, it will do no good! Heck, maybe deep down they would LOVE a job like school nursing where you get to take care of kiddos, have EVERY holiday/snow day OFF, and all summer off! Maybe they are a little envious?!? Who knows!