What do you do with your summer off?

  1. I guess you could say I am already day dreaming about summer because our weather was so nice today, but I am wondering what other school nurses do with their summer? This will be my first summer as a school nurse and I am trying to plan whether or not I should pick up a summer job or just relax and enjoy my time off. What has worked best for you?
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  3. by   Keepstanding
    I used to find work every summer, but got over that real quick !! :chuckle I get paid throught the entire year, so it's not like I don't have pay checks coming in. It's wonderful ! When my kids were still at home, we planned day trips, slept in late and really enjoyed the bonding time. We lived life at a slower pace. I feel so blessed to have this job. My advice is take those 2 months off and get some work done around the house, spend time with your family and be good to yourself :hatparty:
    You will be sooooo ready to come back to work in August !
    ENJOY
  4. by   DDRN4me
    i have a 12 month contract..we run a 6 week summer program for our students (special needs) it is a different pace, but i usually have more students as we get several just for the summer, in addition to our regulars.

    sigh..we also have an outdoor camp on a pond..i may volunteer to work there this summer instead of my school...we'll see what staffing looks like.
  5. by   crich
    I have a lot of nursing experience, so can easily get prn work. I work in ob a day or 2/ week in the summer. I also get paid year round, but like the extra cash for trips, etc. We hope to go out of country next year. But it is a nice idea to sit back and totally enjoy your summer. The first year I worked in school nursing, I took the summer off.
  6. by   KrisRNwannabe
    summer's off?? what is that? is that like when you don't go to school in the summer? hmmmm....interesting concept. anyway I will be in OB and Peds this summer. One day I will be done with school.
  7. by   dianer
    Quote from JulzNDuane
    I guess you could say I am already day dreaming about summer because our weather was so nice today, but I am wondering what other school nurses do with their summer? This will be my first summer as a school nurse and I am trying to plan whether or not I should pick up a summer job or just relax and enjoy my time off. What has worked best for you?
    I worked some private duty nursing my first summer but since then I just relax and enjoy the time off. If you can afford to, I would advise the same. It is a perk of being a school nurse. My kids love having me home and I get recharged for September.
  8. by   bergren
    Other than read the stack of good books piling up, I always attend the National Association of School Nurse Conference. This year it is:
    June 30 - July 3, 2005
    Pre-conference: June 29, 2005
    "Building Tomorrow Today: Promoting the Legacy"
    Washington DC (my favorite site)
    http://www.nasn.org/conference/conference.htm

    It includes a training / coaching session followed by a march to the hill to meet with congresspersons and senators for you state and local area.

    Quote from dianer
    I worked some private duty nursing my first summer but since then I just relax and enjoy the time off. If you can afford to, I would advise the same. It is a perk of being a school nurse. My kids love having me home and I get recharged for September.
  9. by   Foxfour
    I'm going to be a nurse at an all-girls summer camp. Me and my girls look forward to the trip. I always try to pick a new location, so on my days off I can take the girls and explore the area. It doesn't pay that well, but the adventure and change of scenery is worth it.

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