School Nursing is my dream job. I've done LOTS of jobs as an RN, including ED, L&D, Tele, Public Health, Mental Health, Step-Down, Utilization Review, and more. Been everything from an interim permit nurse to a Deputy Director. I've taught RN classes at a state university, worked in a state prison, and conducted psych practica at acute care facilities. I've had love/hate relationships with almost all my positions till I became a school nurse.
Hours 8a-3:15p (with a paid 50 minute lunch)
School sites are within 1-2 miles of my home (1 middle and 2 elementary)
Oversee care for 1,960 children
Lots of autonomy
Great benefits (sick time, medical, retirement, etc.)
Pay decrease (but still make $93K)
Health Attendants at each school take care of superficial injuries, incontinence, mailings, routine health office care, etc.
Spend lots of time on
IEP/504 health reviews, reporting, and meeting
Communicating with parents - sometimes the hardest part of the job
Tracking communicable disease exposures/outbreaks
Writing Health Plans/Emergency Care Plans
Managing non-compliant, brittle diabetics
Completing state reports
I love the variety, how quickly my days speed by, the kids, my co-workers, the cyclic nature of the work, and the typically stress-free nature of the position.
The only con is that despite having an MSN, I have to spend $9K on university classes to become a Credentialed School Nurse (not all places/districts have this requirement, so you may not have to worry about this).