School Nurse Career Guide
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Real-Life School Nurse Job Profiles
If you like the idea of becoming a nurse, but are also interested in working in a school as opposed to a hospital or doctor?s office, then a career as a school nurse might be a perfect fit for you. A school nurse may work in an elementary school, high school, or college.
School nurses are responsible for treating students who are sick or injured. For example, children may sustain injuries that require first aid during gym class or recess. Students may also become sick and need to see the nurse. The nurse can provide basic treatment and may suggest that the student go home or see a physician.
School nurses are also responsible for maintaining students? health records. They typically collect information from parents about a child?s immunization history, allergies, and individual needs. If a child needs more immunizations, the school nurse may provide them or suggest a physician obtain them.
Another important job for a school nurse is determining health risks and developing disease prevention plans for the school. Since school nurses face a great deal of responsibility today, most states require the head school nurse to have either an associate?s degree or bachelor?s degree in nursing. LPNs and LVNs who complete the one-year program may be hired in some facilities to work under the head nurse.
The best way to learn what life is really like as a school nurse is to learn from actual school nurses, which is why we interviewed professional school nurses one-on-one. Check out our career profiles below to find out what they do each day and what they like and dislike about their jobs. You can also learn about educational and career paths, salaries, and more.
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