What does a School Nurse do?

School nurses oversee the emotional, mental, physical and social health of students. School nurses may work at any level of education from preschool to college. They provide students with basic health services throughout the school day. School nurses also manage students who have chronic health conditions and students with disabilities. This includes giving them medication as needed and working with parents and teachers to create and enforce care plans.

Working as a school nurse requires organization, as you will often handle many cases throughout the day and school year. Flexibility is a must because you will be treating students with a scope of needs. School nurses are required to have either an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing. You must also be licensed as a registered nurse (RN). Certification requirements will vary by state. Certification through either the state Department of Education or Department of Health may be necessary.

What responsibilities are common for School Nurse jobs?
  • Perform hearing, vision and other health screenings
  • Treat students and staff as needed
  • Develop care plans for students with ongoing conditions
  • Consult with teachers, school administrators and other school staff regarding student care
  • Administer medication
  • Monitor student immunization records
  • Educate students and staff on health procedures
  • Help students who have feeding disabilities
What are the typical qualifications for School Nurse jobs?
  • Registered Nurse (RN) license
  • Knowledge of many areas of health including mental health
  • Knowledge of school laws and policies
  • Ability to work independently or with others
  • Ability to communicate well with others
  • Ability to assess situations and act quickly
  • BLS/CPR certification
  • Knowledge of state health regulations
  • Ability to multitask
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a School Nurse make near United States?

$85,176 /yr
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School Nurse Career Path

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Tandym GroupTandym Group
School Nurse
Jan 25, 2022

“Consistent work and pay checks.”

WorkFit MedicalWorkFit Medical
School Nurse
Oct 24, 2022

“Good as a second job”

RCM TechnologiesRCM Technologies
School Nurse
Apr 26, 2023

“Everyone is very nice.”

United Staffing SolutionsUnited Staffing Solutions
School Nurse
Jun 15, 2023

“United Staffing Solutions provide nurses with many job opportunities.”

Camiling Catholic School
School Nurse
Mar 7, 2023

“No career growth.”

School Nurse
Mar 30, 2022

“Professional development encouraged.”

Department of Education PhilippinesDepartment of Education Philippines
School Nurse
Sep 23, 2022

“career development career development career development”

Department of Education PhilippinesDepartment of Education Philippines
School Nurse
Sep 23, 2022

“lack of career development career development career development”

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