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Working second job as school nurse

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by Mayflower22 Mayflower22 (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Med surg.

Hi yall! So I start my new job as a school nurse Monday and the pay isn't that great. Just wondering how many of yall work PRN in a hospital or something else? Do you think working 1 weekend a month is too much with the school nurse schedule? Thanks 

k1p1ssk, BSN, RN

Specializes in pediatrics. Has 10 years experience.

I work one weekend per month (6:30a-3p, Sat & Sun) at a private school in my area in their health center during the school year. Many of the other weekenders/per-diems at that job are school nurses. Occasionally I'll pick up evening hours here and there or another random Saturday. This will be my 8th school year at the private school and it's honestly pretty damn cushy (they bring us our food, and you can essentially go hours - I've even gone entire shifts - without seeing a soul). A lot of people trade their summers off and work at Summer camps (a great option for people with kids as a lot of camps will allow your kids to attend for free while you work) to make up some of the pay discrepancy. With that said, I think it might be a lot to start 2 new jobs at once... 

I would LOVE to be back per-diem on the inpatient children's unit I used to work on, but they have a requirement of 2 shifts every 4 weeks along with one major Winter holiday, and one major Summer one and as a per-diem, you are more likely to get floated or cancelled if the census is low on the assigned unit, which is less ideal.

Good luck!!

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Mayflower22

Specializes in Med surg.

30 minutes ago, k1p1ssk said:

I work one weekend per month (6:30a-3p, Sat & Sun) at a private school in my area in their health center during the school year. Many of the other weekenders/per-diems at that job are school nurses. Occasionally I'll pick up evening hours here and there or another random Saturday. This will be my 8th school year at the private school and it's honestly pretty damn cushy (they bring us our food, and you can essentially go hours - I've even gone entire shifts - without seeing a soul). A lot of people trade their summers off and work at Summer camps (a great option for people with kids as a lot of camps will allow your kids to attend for free while you work) to make up some of the pay discrepancy. With that said, I think it might be a lot to start 2 new jobs at once... 

I would LOVE to be back per-diem on the inpatient children's unit I used to work on, but they have a requirement of 2 shifts every 4 weeks along with one major Winter holiday, and one major Summer one and as a per-diem, you are more likely to get floated or cancelled if the census is low on the assigned unit, which is less ideal.

Good luck!!

Thanks for reply. I'm already PRN at my hospital job. I just don't know if it will be too much for me. I have no idea what school nurses do on a daily basis but I'm about to find out soon!  

Flare, ASN, BSN

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

I worked for quite a few years pd as a hospital admin.  When they got pushy and wanted more time out of me, we parted ways.

Mayflower22

Specializes in Med surg.

5 hours ago, Flare said:

I worked for quite a few years pd as a hospital admin.  When they got pushy and wanted more time out of me, we parted ways.

Thank you.

 

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

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

I have never been successful at working PRN during the school year. Mostly because the amount of trainings which I was expected to attend to work one or two weekends (and spell people over Thanksgiving and Christmas break) were unreasonable. Now that we can do all the things on Zoom, maybe that has changed...

GetBackToClassRN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Hematology Oncology, School Nurse. Has 15 years experience.

I had big hopes of staying on PRN at our Children's Hospital where I had worked for 11 years before starting school nursing, but I just didn't have the energy.  After working M-F from 8am-3:30pm, I was beat.  The hospital would only allow me to sign up for 12 hour shifts.  I worked one PRN shift and decided the exhaustion just wasn't worth it.  I would love to find a PRN office job or a legit work-from-home job!

Trixie13, BSN, RN

Specializes in rural, camp, telephone triage, abstraction. Has 25 years experience.

On 9/3/2020 at 1:36 PM, GetBackToClassRN said:

I had big hopes of staying on PRN at our Children's Hospital where I had worked for 11 years before starting school nursing, but I just didn't have the energy.  After working M-F from 8am-3:30pm, I was beat.  The hospital would only allow me to sign up for 12 hour shifts.  I worked one PRN shift and decided the exhaustion just wasn't worth it.  I would love to find a PRN office job or a legit work-from-home job!

I see you have oncology listed--my second job is with a company called Flatiron Health pulling data from oncology charts.  Minimum of 10 hours a week and those hours are completely flexible.  I make more per hour with them than at my school job.  😉 Something to consider--abstraction isn't for everyone.  

beachynurse, ASN, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 36 years experience.

I've worked telephone triage, done skilled nursing visits, and now I teach a few classes at a community college.

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 25 years experience.

Per diem in LTC, 2-3 shifts per month...$$