Every state is different. In some areas, the school nurses actually work for public health. In other states, your principal is your boss. We have a state health coordinator who is not really in charge of the nurses, but she gives us lots of information, direction, advise, etc. She works for DOE. Also states are different for pay. In Delaware, we are considered the same as the teachers, so we are on the same pay scale as the teachers and in the same union. So whenever the teachers get a raise, we do too. I dont think the pay is bad at all. If you know what states pay like teachers, you can search any given school district in that state, their website, and see if they have the pay scale up on the employment page- a lot do. The pay isnt bad when u factor in I work 7.5 hours a day, have 45 minute planning period, 30 min lunch, my own parking spot :P Hehe, have all holidays off, 2.5 months at summer and 2 weeks in winter, 1 week in spring. Yes I did make more $ working my ass off in the hospital but its a lifestyle change. Good luck! If you are really serious, try substitute nursing in whatever districts are near you- even if they are not hiring, go in with your resume and they may add you on to their sub list. Now that doesnt pay well but again its experience and getting your foot in the door. Thats how I got this job. I know our district is desperate for subs!