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What is it like to be a school nurse?

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by EFaith10 EFaith10 (New) New Nurse

Specializes in OBGYN. Has 10 years experience.

I am currently considering a school nurse position. I have 9 years of experience in different areas of nursing, but mainly OBGYN. Any insight on transitioning from hospital to school nurse and also the day to day flow/tasks. Gratefully appreciated!

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ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

Most of us are already off contract and gone! I suggest you put your question in the search bar as this has been well-addressed.

We'd welcome your skill set, especially at the high school level. OB/GYN nurses are just about as good as ER nurses in an emergency because y'all train for that stuff in OB.

The biggest transitions are 1) not having much in the way of orders; 2) feeling comfortable about your nursing judgment without much in the way of orders and 3) knowing it's OK to call EMS because literally, you have a penlight and tongue depressors, gauze, a bp cuff and some dental floss.

Also - the first year is spent learning how the district wants you to do things. You aren't relearning nursing. Best of luck!

k1p1ssk, BSN, RN

Specializes in pediatrics. Has 10 years experience.

Hi and Welcome! This sub tends to be a little slow June-August as most of us are off! But as @ruby_jane said, you are not the only one curious about what we do here! There are many people who've come to find out what it's like to be a school nurse. Here are 3 of the most recent threads:

In addition, another piece of advice if you want to know more, would be to check with school nurses in your area to see if anyone is willing to have you shadow them for a few hours/a day or get a per-diem gig in a school/district!

Good luck!