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Blue_Moon BSN, RN

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Blue_Moon has 18 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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  1. Blue_Moon

    school nurse or clinical instructor?

    You can be a clinical instructor with a BSN. However you usually don't get benefits with that type of job and it's usually part time. If you don't need benefits then try it esp since you're wanting to get your master's degree anyway. However, the pay for a master's degree nursing instructor in my area is dismal. I make more as a school nurse. You could try subbing as a school nurse in your district to see if you'd like it. I sometimes will teach a puberty class, hand washing class, or maybe another wellness class but as a "guest", not as a teacher. I don't have time to teach much. My day is spent doing first aide, med passes, and a bunch of other stuff. If the pay were better I'd get my master's degree and teach but it's not worth it to me because I'd never get my student loans paid back before I retire. I don't understand why nursing instructors get so much less than any other type of college teacher. Just another way nurses aren't given due respect.
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    Are you ever asked to and expected to volunteer at your school after hours? I'm asked to volunteer ALL THE TIME! I work in an elementary school and they want staff volunteers to help work game concessions every week, donating food for various events, volunteering for monthly PTO fundraisers (working at fast food restaurants, bingo, fall fests, shirt sales, candy sales...), donating food for several volunteer parties a year, etc. It never ends. I donate various food items or money occasionally to help but I don't want to stay after work or come back for 2-3 hours of donating my time for events. I have a 35 min commute so once I'm home I don't want to go back and then I sure don't want to hang out for an hour or two waiting for something to start. I do volunteer my time once in a while but am made to feel it's not enough. When my own kids were in grade school I volunteered at their school and helped out with fundraisers several times a year for 15 years so frankly I'm over it. Not to mention in the evenings I have my own family to take care of. My husband and I still have a child at home that enjoys supper and to have someone there to talk about their day and a grandchild I help watch a lot. After spending 8 hours with the students and taking care of so many, the last thing I want to do is hang out with them some more after work. When I was part of my own kid's PTO the last thing I expected were for the teachers to help volunteer their time for anything. If they wanted to then that was fine but our parent organization never asked them to because we knew they had already spend all day with our kids. We were trying to make their lives easier not harder so this is why I'm shocked at how much they ask for help. They want all this money to bring in fun things for the kids which I totally get but the county already pays for a few field trips a year and the PTO does a fun program or two a year but now they are wanting to do even MORE stuff and it seems excessive. Is this normal in your schools?
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    How long was your training for school nursing?

    I didn't get to follow anyone. I was on my own right from the start. . Our nurses now get someone working with them for a couple of weeks at least and a mentor for a year. Much more support thankfully.
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    New school nurse- not sure if I like it. Help!

    The hardest thing is for nurses to come from a hospital setting to a school setting because everything is so different. Remember, you're dealing with a healthy stable population of students for the most part. You also don't need to rush and get all the paperwork done before the end of your "shift" like you're used to. You can take months to get care plans done. Screenings get done when you can because even if they are due by a certain time period what happens if they are late. Well nothing. New enrollment paperwork is time consuming but the beginning of the year and new student enrollments in the spring are you're busiest times for these. The rest of the year you won't have tons so it's easier to stay on top of. Also, the more you do it, the faster you become. You're lucky you have an aide at all. I've never had an aide to help with anything and I got zero orientation. The only nursing job I've had where they just literally throw you to the wolves but it's because the school system is so laid back. I remember feeling that way about the emergencies. However, true emergencies are rare. Very rare. The longer you do this the more comfortable you'll become. Just review your emergency care plans and when/how to use things. You may never need to use an epi pen or whatever. When in doubt call 911. Trust your judgement. If you don't mind seeing the kids and taking care of all their little needs then I think you will do just fine with this job. You're just psyching yourself out. You will find things teachers think are emergencies (puke, lice, bloody nose, etc) are not at all a true emergency. The most common serious things I've had are either someone breaking an arm (or other body part) or fainting and these things happen less than a handful of times a year. Well and occasional asthma attacks or low blood sugars. Nothing like you're worrying about. Educate your teachers of things to let you know about or watch for to prevent problems. I tell mine that any student that has asthma or diabetes may come and see me if they ask to for ANY reason. I've had teachers in the past downplay someone having an asthma attack because they didn't look bad and they thought they were faking (they weren't and you never want an asthmatic to get to the point they look bad!) so I insist they let me figure it out and if there is in fact an issue where they are wanting to cut class then we'll deal with it. I've never had these type of kids ever abuse the power to come and see me whenever they want in 17 years except once and when the parent and I got to the bottom of the issue so it stopped. Don't be so hard on yourself. If you enjoy the most important part of the job (taking care of the kids) then you'll be just fine with patience and practice.
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    Lpn or rn

    I think what she means is there is more clinical type jobs for LPN's in like dr offices than RN's which is true. However, you are limiting yourself to jobs as an LPN. You will make more money as an RN and there will be more opportunities to pick from. There are many RN jobs that are normal 8-4 hours. For example, there's school nursing (you may need an BSN for that though), staff educators, management, hospital clinics, cancer infusion centers, many dr offices still need/want RN's, urgent cares, radiology nurse positions, OR, contact centers, cardiac cath labs, home health, etc. However, you MAY have to work 12 hr shifts in order to gain experience for those positions. You already works as a medical assistant in a pediatrician's office so if you pretty much know what working as an LPN in that type of setting would entail. (Pretty much what you're doing now.) If you're happy with that and know that's what you want then go for the LPN and then later if you decide you want something different or more you can go back for your RN.
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    Advice on returning to work after time off

    You won't know where you stand until you try. If you left on good terms you already have a foot in. Start applying and see what happens. Reach out to old managers or co-workers and see if they can help put in a good word for you. In the grand scheme of things you haven't been out that long. I was a stay at home mom for 10 yrs and out of the hospital itself for 15 after having only a year and a half experience as a hospital nurse (and five as a school nurse) and had no problem getting back in. I researched good resumes and cover letters and how to showcase my strengths. I also used references of teachers at my kid's school and church that I volunteered with so there's an idea. Good luck!
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    This is Where the Cowboy Rides Away

    I will miss your positive attitude and great advice! Enjoy this next phase of your life! Don't be a stranger!!
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    What do teachers think about school nurses?

    I've often wondered the same thing! LOL! At this school I do feel my teachers appreciate me more than other places because they tell me they couldn't do my job, am glad I'm feeling better or back after I've been off, etc however, on the other hand these same teachers will cut through my office after repeatedly asked not to, will take personal calls on their cell phones in my office as I'm sitting there working without even asking so as to not disturb people in the main office, second guess some of my decisions etc. so there's that. I think they view us as more like their helper to make their life easier and if we don't they get testy. 😂
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    Another new school nurse

    Welcome! I hope you like it! I love the time off and making kids feel better. Pretty low stress most of the time. I hate the lack of respect, teachers/aides expecting me to do non-nursing stuff all the time, the pay, and the fact I'm bored more often than not. I have all summer off but can't really afford to do much. LOL! I am looking to return to the hospital. My kids are grown. I love working 3 days a week and done. I hate the 9-5 grind. I did not enjoy the hospital schedule when all my kids were little because I wanted to be home when they were but now that they are all flying the coop I don't want/need that schedule anymore. I would like the extra money the hospital provides to get my house paid off so I can travel some then eventually go part time/per diem. That's my plan anyway!
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    just a Thursday vent

    I personally love dog poop. I mean who doesn't want to come to work to clean up dog poop off shoes/feet? That's why I went to nursing school!
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    I'll miss you all, but...

    I don't blame you one bit. Best wishes on your new journey! Keep in touch!
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    Rules for next year

    I think your list is perfect for those high schoolers! It's time to grow up. For those that want ice packs, I think by that age if you don't see any swelling, bruising, limping, redness then they don't even need an ice pack and the rest get like 5-10 min tops. Plus they need a pass from the teacher so they aren't in there wasting time without the teacher's permission. Something else I thought of, maybe ask your staff to not send kids at the end of the period because then you get a line and they are late for the next period which is not fair to THOSE teachers. I'd say if you feel they need to come and see the nurse it needs to be by half way point of class or the next period teacher must give the excuse to come in!
  13. I use math every single day. I have to use algorithms to caculate how much insulin to give in the schools. You just plug the numbers in so it's not hard. I was never great at math either but was strangely good with algebra thankfully because when I graduated the pharmacy would make us calculate our own med doseages. It was basically an algebra equation. Now most of the time that's figured out for you and if you have a question you can call pharmacy to check for you but there have been many times I double checked the pharmacy dose to make sure it was right. There's probably an app now that can help you figure that out but I would practice med doseage calculations over and over until you get it down pat because I guarantee that will be on a test eventually if it hasn't already!
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    History of School Nursing

    Haha wow look how far we've come! Thanks for sharing! That was cute.
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    Teacher appreciation week...

    That's amazing! I'm glad you did that and made the office staff uncomfortable on their behalf. I'm sure you made all those nurses' day!
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    Teacher appreciation week...

    I think we could be sisters! I am currently looking as well. I also have trouble with confrontation but I will stand up for myself. I just don't feel like I should have to throw a fit or file a grievance to make changes. I just think that's ridiculous. I do go to my principal and air my grievances and am promised changes but yet nothing every happens. It's pretty evident in this county everyone can and does whatever they want and I'm over it. I'm no longer at a place where I need this schedule so I feel it's time for me to move on as well.