If you are considering making a switch and working as a school nurse, you have a lot to consider. Working in a school setting is very different than working in a clinical setting, such as a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center. While it may be nice to work during school hours and possibly have summers and holidays off, school nursing is not a walk in the park.
There are several misconceptions about what a school nurse does and what working in a school involves. Continue reading to separate myths from the facts. [continue reading…]
Working as a school nurse can be a great career move. You’ll have the chance to work with young people and their families in a setting outside of a hospital. School nurses don’t only provide routine care for minor ailments; they also respond to medical emergencies, such as accidents, asthma attacks, and life-threatening allergies. School nurses also provide health education.
Before you can make a difference as a school nurse, you have to get the job. A big part of landing the job is nailing your interview. Regardless of how much nursing experience you have, interviews can be stressful. But going into an interview prepared and confident will help your strengths and qualifications shine through. Consider some of the following suggestions: [continue reading…]
Although the majority of nurses work in hospitals, rehab centers and home health, nurses also work in alternative settings including schools. Whether you are an experienced RN looking for a new challenge or are a recent grad considering becoming a school nurse, it’s helpful to have a good understanding of what a school nurse does and how to get started. [continue reading…]
My son attends a relatively small school. As I am by nature a chatty person, I have gotten to know most of the teachers and staff through open house nights and other school functions. One of the people I talk to on a fairly regular basis is the school nurse. She is a very kind older lady, Grace, who has been a nurse almost as long as I have been alive.
She has worked all over the country, depending on where her husband was transferred in the military. Nursing, especially school nursing, is a true passion of hers. She is a member of several nursing associations and groups, and she was recently telling me about the school nurse shortage. I thought it odd that there would be such a shortage, considering it seems like an ideal job for a nurse. However, she said there are shortages in the nursing field in general, and many of the younger nurses want a high impact, more exciting career – which is not usually part of the job description when one becomes a school nurse.
There are numerous reasons why the role of school nurse needs to be filled. [continue reading…]