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School Nurse

Overview: School nurses plan the objectives and practices for a school's health program in cooperation with medical authorities and school administrators. They may give vaccinations to students, administer first aid, and teach hygiene and first aid. They help evaluate the students' health status.
Duties: They plan policies & goals of school health programs in accordance with the municipal medical authorities and school administrators. Maintains individual student health records.

Participate with physician in medical examinations of students. They administers vaccinations, first aid and counsel individual students about health complaints.

They instruct classes and individuals in hygiene and preventative methods for AIDS and venereal diseases. May dispense condoms to students in accordance with school district policy.

Confer with community agencies in planning community health maintenance services for students outside of the school setting to meet their physical, social and psychological needs.

Degree(s): A.A./B.A. QCC/QC Dual/Joint Liberal Arts & Sciences and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) 
A.A.S. Nursing 
A.A.S./B.S. QCC/Hunter Dual/Joint Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment of school nurses is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Growth will be driven by technological advances in patient care, which permit a greater number of health problems to be treated, and by an increasing emphasis on preventive care.
Starting Salary: School nurses are paid slightly less than nurses in hospitals, physicians' offices and private services.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $38,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: All states require graduation from an accredited nursing school and passing an examination to become licensed. The educational paths to nursing are a 2-year associate degree, or a 4 or 5 year B.S.N. program in a college or university. A B.S.N. offers greater promotion potential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.