I am a LPN and a k-12 school nurse. I cant complain about the hours, hello…7-3 and NO weekends or Holidays, but I dont feel like a nurse. I actually shy away from saying what I do because I am afraid other nurses will think I am not a “real” nurse. I hand out bandaids and cough drops. I worked hard to become a nurse, like we all did. I have worked in geriatrics before this and I felt more like a nurse there. Atleast I saw some action, CPR, death, wounds, the norm. Problem was the facility I worked at worked me to the bone. They were short handed so I worked 23 nights straight got 1 night off then worked 17 more. I got burnt out. I guess I just need some reassurance that what I am doing is still being a nurse. I dont want to change jobs again but I cant seem to get the pride back that I had before.
Become active in the health promotion of your students. Send out letters, put up fliers about how to stay healthy, off drugs, get the cool ultraviolet hand washing assessment tool, etc. If you are doing something that you can look back on and say … “I did that,” then you will have more pride in your work. If none of that works, I would be happy to trade you jobs for a little while … I could use a school hours only job with no weekends or holidays for a while.
I looked into school nursing, but where I live they consider them paraprofessionals. In other words, the pay scale is the same as a teachers’ aide. I have a teaching degree, and thought it would be a perfect blend of 2 careers. I just couldn’t get past the idea that my training and liability was not worth much to the school districts.
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