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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the School Nurse field.
ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33931 Registered School Nurse And Ambuance Critical Care Nurse Female 37 $50,000 Glendale, AZ 01/01/2010
32690 School Nurse Female 56 $52,000 Ruidoso, NM 01/01/2010


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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