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School Nurses- Why so many vacancies?

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UpliftingRN has 11 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Inspiring to Inspire.

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Hello everyone. I am interested in making the transition to school nursing here in NYC. I’ve quickly realized there is a TON of job postings and job fairs and recruiting agencies posting vacancies all over the city. This worried me. I understand the pay is much less then other fields of nursing but can this be the only reason? Is there high turnover/burnout? Any insight appreciated!

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smc5127 is a BSN, CNA, RN and specializes in ER, TNCC.

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I'm a NYC ER nurse but temp as a school nurse on my off days. I hate the school I'm writing this from now. One of the bad things about school nursing is not the kids (not so much) but the administration. I hate the principal and her office staff. They're helpless with basic office supplies and common things like soap, paper towels, and printer paper. The people that work for Office of School Health sometimes arentr that much better either. The school I'm at has the neediest kids ever, for no reason. I only have 1 kid that I needed to see daily, otherwise, know the rest by name bc I see them every day for a headache, stomachache or got hit in the head with a basketball. These kids don't want to go to class and the teachers bend over backward for them so they don't get sued or just to get the kid out of their face. We can't use alcohol wipes, purell, peroxide, that exam table/bed, I can't give anything besides water and bandaids unless your doctor told me too. I've seen countless kids this past summer for mosquito bites. There's no reason for this. hat's why people hate it and no, you don't get paid well. They seem to think it's an easy sit-down job. Also, if you're out and have another nurse come in for you, they will steal your office and medical equipment. Ice packs, band-aids, gauze, ice trays, thermometers, penlights etc. It's also razy that you asked about turnover, yes it's high bc of all the nonsense we put up with but as for burnout, I've never been so tired from not doing much as compared to the ER. I'd rather be in the ER any day of the week. You don't get burned out, but it's just that frustrating. Horrible staff attitudes, no cooperation, over privileged kids that over-exaggerate everything and no supplies. Are you sure that you want this job?

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