Quote from esla
I worked as a nurse 3 years but I have kept my license current. Could anyone tell me how much experience do you need to be a school nurse? will they hire a new grad? I have been reading the forums and seems it would be ok to return to nursing in the school system. Thank you for your opinion
I'm a bit confused. You said in your post that you worked as a nurse 3 years, kept your license current, but want to know if they'll hire a new grad??? Were you an LPN and became an RN and took time off while in school or something like that? What area is your 3 years of experience in?
I remember doing clinicals and being so excited about doing the school nurse rotation. I thought it would be cool to put band-aids on boo boos and help the kids with stomach aches. Man, was I surprised when I found out what school nurses REALLY do! Keeping up with kids with everything from diabetes to ADHD etc, screenings, making sure immunizations were up to date (that's all I can remember). I think the other poster had a great idea about subbing to see if it's for you.
If you've been out of practice for a while or are a new grad with no pediatric experience, you may have some challenges finding a job. Many public school districts in my area look for nurses who are certified in school nursing. Here, private or parochial schools are a better option as they don't always require certification. Also, have you considered working in a college clinic? Different population and different issues, but still very interesting, and may be a better fit if you've been off or no peds. In my area, NP's often run the clinics, so you'd get to learn their role in that setting.