LPN fo School Nursing

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  1. Hille

    Hille Active Member

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    Hi, I saw an add today in the district I live in for a LPN to work in conjunction with a RN for a school nurse position. This is a new cost cutting situation for the district but may open the door for LPNs who wish to go forward as a school nurse. Hille
     
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    This may be unusual in your area, but it's very common in my area (Memphis, TN). In fact, nearly all school nurses are LPN's, with RN's functioning as supervisors who make rounds on the schools to check for documentation compliance. Because school nurses can do so little in the way of medical intervention, it's not really necessary to have RN's on site. This is not a knock against LPN's -- I was one for 4 years before returning to school to get my RN -- but a simple statement of fact. School nurses, at least in my region, can't even give a kid with a fever a Tylenol. They are only there for first aid, to administer medications prescribed by the student's physician, and other skill-based functions such as feeding special needs children through G-tubes or suctioning trachs.
     
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    In Texas (at least in San Antonio) being an RN is not even enough, the RN must have a BSN or higher to be the "Permanent School Nurse". I have seen floaters who are LVNs.
     
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    Good Morning, Where I live but am not employed school nurses also participate in the teaching of health and safety management. I also have to note that have advanced grad certificates in this area. This post was just to encourage those with the current LPN education that this door could be opening due to the economy and school systems are generally supportive of further education and reimbursement. Thanks. Hille
     
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    Interesting discussion. My sister, an RN, just became a school nurse after working in the ER. The division, a small one with only 3 schools, was having issues and all 3 nurses quit. They needed RNs rather than LPNs, and it had something to do with the fact that LPNs weren't supposed to administer medication. I'm not a nurse, so I can't speak to the truth of that, but it makes sense...

    -Matt
     
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    Good decision. Wish you all the good luck.
     
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    In Northern CA they have LVNs in lots of schools - usually just one RN for the district - the rest LVNs.
     

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