School Nurse 

(Female, Age 56) from Ruidoso, NM

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title School Nurse
Salary $52,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 60
Company Size (not answered)
Location Ruidoso, NM
Years Experience 11.5 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
RMS is a rural school district with approximately 2600 students, located in the south central mountains of New Mexico

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
School nurse for a high school, responsible for all areas of student health, also provide wellness and heatlh care for staff.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
11 days leave per year, summers off, all holidays, health insurance, vision and dental, retirement through the state of NM

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with students, have two interns plus two aides, and a number of school nurses at other school sites. I dislike the fact that I do not have a nurse supervisor, and sometimes I feel that I need one who understands the legal and ethical ramifications of the things I do each day.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
The school nurses in our district recently lost our nurse supervisor, therefore, we communicate between ourselves when we have issues.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 7
Benefits: 3
Hours: 1
Co-Workers: 6
Supervisors: 5
Job Title: 4
Level of Responsibility: 2
The Actual Work: 8

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Arrive, and get organized for the day. Meet with Principal, other students who are there to talk with you. Review immunizations and needs for day. Review calendar. Put work away that you took home for the weekend.
8am to 9am Triage patients, meet with Parents of a child requesting 504 status, put call into SPED director. Meet with counseling office regarding students lacking in shot records, and incomplete medical information.
9am to 10am Vision and hearing screening for a SPED student. Triage and evaluation of student needs, MD referrals x 3, calls to parents, and to Superintendant of Schools regarding school injury. Interview by school newspaper editor for article in paper.
10am to 11am Review of immunizations, call of several students to office to review immunization records. Instruction to Intern regarding Vision and Hearing Screening, and evaluation of her testing of student aid.
11am to 12pm Triage and treat of students. Follow-up on MD referral from earlier with a report to Superintendent and SPED Director, Principal.
12pm to 1pm Triage and treatment of students, students in for various needs, including 2 IDDM patients with
1pm to 2pm Took about 10 minutes @1:30 for lunch, otherwise spent time treating and triage paitients.
2pm to 3pm Met with parent of Diabetic student about Student’s inability to quit vomiting. Student present but argumentative about need to see MD regaring what has the potential to be a crisis. Report back on two students who had been referred for Medical Care, both had significant injuries or illness and had recieved definitive treatment for same.
3pm to 4pm Got ready for First Aid/CPR Class which I am instructor for, two student came, although about 10 had given me a positive RSVP. Taught class.
4pm to 5pm Continued to teach First Aid/CPR Class
5pm to 6pm Class continued.
6pm to 7pm 6:30 Left work for the day, class over.
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11pm to 12am

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