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by catsmeow1972 catsmeow1972, BSN (Platinum*) Platinum* Nurse

catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN and works as a OR RN.

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Has anyone been able to get into a school nursing job with a contract? I ask because I filled out an app for the job (in my state, school nurses are state department of health employees) and they actually called me for an interview. I’m so very very close to the end of this nightmare, have no stips that would interfere with the job (or heck any job for that matter). I don’t know if they’ve looked at the license (there’s the public discipline on there). The app did not ask anything about prior license suspensions etc. I’m just quite tired of interviewing, getting my hopes up and then, screechh...nope...no job for you.

I dunno. I have my BSN. The job description looks to be a supervisory sort of thing. I guess I qualify. I wonder if they’ve just looked at “oh an application, yayyy, let’s interview her!!” I can’t help but worry if it’ll be another kick to the curb because of the dumb contract.

I may get in there and decide it’s something I totally do not want to do also. So there’s that....

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Are you in Florida? The only issue I see is direct supervision, which if you are passed the three year mark, wouldn’t even apply. 

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN and works as a OR RN.

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Yep, Florida. And yes..192 days to go, not counting, no not at all🙄

I’ve always been in the OR but IPN seems to have firmly put the nails in the coffin on that part of my career for me. 

 

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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I think you stand a good chance, Cats! Good luck! I loved school nursing. This was way before monitoring though. 

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Congratulations! Come to the school nurse side. There's no reason you CAN'T do this job, especially if you have the keys to your own med box (occasional stimulant medication, a couple of kids with sickle cell disease who had codeine products). You may find it's a "pay cut" as you're working 10 months instead of 12. Best of luck.

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FeliciaRNCPN has 5 years experience.

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I know a nurse, in Illinois though, who is in a monitoring program and has been in school nursing for the duration of her program. Good luck!

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN and works as a OR RN.

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22 hours ago, ruby_jane said:

Congratulations! Come to the school nurse side. There's no reason you CAN'T do this job, especially if you have the keys to your own med box (occasional stimulant medication, a couple of kids with sickle cell disease who had codeine products). You may find it's a "pay cut" as you're working 10 months instead of 12. Best of luck.

Not worried about the pay cut. The idea is supplemented by the M-F and 10 month schedule. I can find something to do with the rest of the time. Once the contract trash is gone, I can certainly PRN somewhere.

interview is tomorrow. Trying not to be negative but I hope it’s not another waste of a morning.😕

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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6 hours ago, catsmeow1972 said:

Not worried about the pay cut. The idea is supplemented by the M-F and 10 month schedule. I can find something to do with the rest of the time. Once the contract trash is gone, I can certainly PRN somewhere.

interview is tomorrow. Trying not to be negative but I hope it’s not another waste of a morning.😕

Don't forget to tell us how it went! 

 

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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8 hours ago, catsmeow1972 said:
8 hours ago, catsmeow1972 said:

 

interview is tomorrow. Trying not to be negative but I hope it’s not another waste of a morning.😕

 

Fingers and toes and everything else crossed for you. 

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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How do you feel after your interview, Cats?

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN and works as a OR RN.

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I guess it went well. I think I answered all the questions right. I was a group thing with the director of school health and a couple of the nurses. Honestly, if they pick someone else, I won’t be hurt. I really don’t feel like I’m the best person for the job. 

It just makes me so angry that I feel as though I am reduced to applying for jobs that I don’t feel I’m qualified for and am not sure I want.

The director said she’ll call me next week when she makes a decision wether it’s positive or negative. I’m not holding my breath and y’know, that’s okay.

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience and works as a HS Nurse.

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One question they may have is whether or not you have experience in school nursing. That may well be the deciding factor. I hope you sustain your recovery, good luck!

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