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
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a School Nurse make?

$85,179 /yr
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School Nurse Career Path

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School Nurse Insights

Read what School Nurse professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
CritiCare Home Health & Nursing ServicesCritiCare Home Health & Nursing Services
RN School Nurse
Sep 21, 2022

“Flexible and fun assignments.”

New York City Department of EducationNew York City Department of Education
RN School Nurse
Nov 24, 2021

“The benefits of working with DOE is the benefit package and holidays.”

Tandym GroupTandym Group
School Nurse
Jan 25, 2022

“Consistent work and pay checks.”

Los Angeles USDLos Angeles USD
RN School Nurse
Jan 17, 2021

“great schedule (8am”

Henderson County Public SchoolsHenderson County Public Schools
School Nurse
Jan 11, 2021

“Good people to work with”

The Southport SchoolThe Southport School
RN School Nurse
May 4, 2021

“no opportunities for career progression as an RN”

Southwest Independent School DistrictSouthwest Independent School District
RN, School Nurse
Aug 9, 2022

“Great group of nurses to work with.”

RN School Nurse
Dec 28, 2021

“great people to work with.”

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  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Educator

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