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School Nurse - What they do and how to become a School Nurse?

Training Required to Become a School Nurse

School nursing requirements are legislated by each state and vary considerably. There is a national exam for school nurse certification, but depending on the state, there may be additional training requirements such as state licensing.

School nurses are Register Nurses holding a Bachelor of Science degree with particular knowledge of pediatrics, mental and public health. School nurses must also understand the state educational system and regulations.

What do School Nurses do?

School nursing is defined as a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. School nurse promote health and safety, provide case management services, and help with actual and potential health problems within school environments.

The National Association of School Nurses is a professional organization designed to promote and develop educational programs to improve the quality and standards of school nurse throughout the US. Originally found in 1968 as a division of the National Education Association, the NASN became in independent in 1979 and continues to work with legislators and nurses to further the positive effects of school nurses.

The majority of school nurses earn salaries in the range of $28,000-$49,000 depending on their skill level and experience. School nurses typically sign 9-month contracts and are hired by the Principal educators of the school.

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