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Question about being a school nurse in MA

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by tussah10 tussah10 (Member) Member

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Quick question for those in MA. I looked a school nurse positions and they say they require a certification as a MA school nurse which includes 2 years of pediatric experience. Is this mandatory or suggested? I'm from NY and we don't have any such certification. Thanks

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We had to observe a public school nurse in our pedi rotation and I asked her what you have to do to become a school nurse. I definitly know you have to have a bachelors degree. It was awhile ago (last year), but I think you are right, you have to have like 2 years of peds. I think they accept like 4 or 5 years experience in another area if you don't have peds. And you still have to take the MTEL (general) exam which is for educators.But I don't think you have to have passed it to get hired just completed within a certain amount of time. I think private schools have different critereon.

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NeoPediRN has 6 years experience and specializes in Pediatrics, ER.

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Hi there. I was offered a school nurse position after two years of being a pedatric RN. I was required to take the MTELs as well as school nursing certification classes at Northeastern (at my own expense). I didn't have to already possess the certifications to start the job.

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sbostonRN specializes in Med/Surg, Rehab.

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I have a friend who got a job as a school nurse with an ADN RN. She is a new grad so doesn't have any years of nursing experience. I don't think there is a blanket statement for school nurses - it must be based on the school's choice.

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