I was a nurse manager when I took a leap of faith andwent into school nursing and have no regrets. I took a $25,000 pay cut, and it was worth it in reduced stress. I was able to spend more time with my kids, and I was able to pick up side work to supplement my income. I work in a busy high school with 2,100 students plus the faculty and staff. My days are ususally very busy, between seeing students, paperwork, and talking to teachers about their students. People are so surprised to find out that school nurses do more than give out band-aids, ice packs and deal with stomach aches. We wear so many hats, nurse, counselor, surrogate Mom, friend, confidant, advocate, and then some, dealing with more and more chronic illnesses in the school setting, it's not for the faint of heart. We are the only health care professionals in the school, and I would have to say that the only down fall is having to deal with our administrators, who are not medical at all. I love my school, my students, and my job. I can't imagine being anything but a school nurse..
Having to explain why we do what we do, make the decisions we make, can be the biggest problem. Having to explain why I can't accept medication orders, with the meds, that aren't signed by a physician, but the MD had their name printed on the order, (sigh), and why that isn't good enough... why I have to call 911 for a student that is hallucinating, and has constricted pupils, and a heartrate I am unable to count, (can't we just let them rest here?) ummm, NO!!!.... Why I can't administer a medication I don't have an order for because the parent is at work 30 minutes away as a "favor" to him??? (My license, that's why)... I have learned to just do what I have to do to deal with them and move on... I am here for the kids.. not them.