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by K_HinckleyRN K_HinckleyRN, BSN (New Member) New Member

K_HinckleyRN has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Pediatrics.

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Hi all!! 

I have had my RN, BSN for 6 years now, working in pediatrics (acute and rehab) for the entirety of my nursing career. I love working with children. 

I have accepted a position with our school district as the school nurse for the early childhood center (ages 3-5). The medical aspect of the job (some kiddos have Trachs, & G-Buttons) I’m totally 100% comfortable with! But the job as a school nurse is still something I’m trying to grasp! 

I’m hoping I get some formal training but some people are saying I may just get thrown in,! I’m sure I can figure it out and I am not expecting the transition to not be difficult but is there anyone here that can give me some insight in the day in the life of a school nurse! 

I’m also aware policies and such differ district to district but I’m just wanting a general understanding!! Thank you!!

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

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Welcome to allnurses.com K_HinkleyRN,

We moved your topic to the School Nursing forum for the best response.

 

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in kids.

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4 hours ago, K_HinckleyRN said:

Hi all!! 

I have had my RN, BSN for 6 years now, working in pediatrics (acute and rehab) for the entirety of my nursing career. I love working with children. 

I have accepted a position with our school district as the school nurse for the early childhood center (ages 3-5). The medical aspect of the job (some kiddos have Trachs, & G-Buttons) I’m totally 100% comfortable with! But the job as a school nurse is still something I’m trying to grasp! 

I’m hoping I get some formal training but some people are saying I may just get thrown in,! I’m sure I can figure it out and I am not expecting the transition to not be difficult but is there anyone here that can give me some insight in the day in the life of a school nurse! 

I’m also aware policies and such differ district to district but I’m just wanting a general understanding!! Thank you!!

Welcome! I advise to connect with other nurses in your district or surrounding towns. Also join both your local and state school nurse associations. And please hang out here, we are the nicest board on AN!

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So, day to day varies in the type of school you are, the district you work for, and the students/medical needs at your school. No two days are the same! Some mornings can be crazy esp. at parent drop off, you will have kids or parents in your office checking to see if they are sick, dropping off meds, paperwork, etc...then you have morning meds to do right around breakfast time. Lunch time is the same: meds...treatments, etc. Throw in all the kids who threw up, hurt themselves at recess, and kids needing PRN inhalers...plus getting your immunization data up to date, your mandatory screenings done, and chasing parents and doctors for orders and paperwork, then anything else that comes up in the day, you will be pretty busy! Good luck! It is so worth it!

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Welcome - this board is pretty inactive over the summer.  Some of us check in from time to time.  Im in summer jail... er school duty so i peek a bit more until i'm free next week.  You'll find that your days may get some structure to them depending on the way the school is run.  Some schools require the nurse to perform some sort of task such as attendance or front door duty.  If you can negotiate keeping yourself free "for the children" try to do so.  I know that my day usually ends up getting structured mostly by when my medications and medical needs duties.  Student visits fill in the gaps and my day wouldn't be complete without a few curveballs thrown in.  You will likely have screenings as mandated by the state.  Those can either be an ongoing scheduled task  (schedule the students little by little to get them done) or if you are lucky and you are able to get help you can do them all in one shot.  

Don't hesitate to call on us for any questions.  We're a very active forum once the regular school year gets rolling and use the search tool to see if we already covered something.  Don't be afraid of raising a zombie topic either.  Sometimes policy has changed or we have done something different in so many years.  

Oh and one more thing - You're a school nurse now - on Wednesdays you better wear pink!!

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Can you tell me if you get paid for the days off that kids are not in school, that are not holidays? And how is the pay calculated during the summer time months

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K_HinckleyRN has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Pediatrics.

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12 hours ago, tamaraaustin197 said:

Can you tell me if you get paid for the days off that kids are not in school, that are not holidays? And how is the pay calculated during the summer time months

So with my district it’s salary, so I get paid for 196 days (the school year) ... I’m pretty sure holidays are paid but not entirely sure. I know in my district the nurses are treated same as teacher so we get a check in May for summer, Atleast that’s what I’m understanding but haven’t fully figured it out! 

 But I will get an extra 80 hours of pay for June as I’ll do some summer school time. 

Im taking a $2000/year paycut leaving my hospital but will be working shorter days and less months so yay!

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