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School Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

This type of nurse works in schools, treating students. They can work in every school level, from elementary to college. School Nurses are responsible for caring for students who get sick or injured during school hours, taking vital signs, recording symptoms, and administering basic medical aid. School Nurses also educate students on health care and growth development.

Things You'll Do:

  • Take vital signs
  • Give basic aid
  • Test auditory and vision health of students

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get your RN diploma, Associate of Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse
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  • Get three years of full-time academic experience, or at least 4,000 hours of clinical practice.
  • Pass Your
    School Nurse certification exam through the National Board for Certification of School Nurses
  • Become a
    Certified School Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Elementary, middle and high schools
    • Universities

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $29K - $37K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll treat students with common school illnesses and injuries, and in severe cases, you might need to coordinate a trip to the hospital.
    • You can also teach health and nutrition classes and the junior high and high school level.

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