Back to School Prep for School Nursing Professionals

Last Updated on December 6, 2021

Picture pf a small chalk board with "back to school" written in white chalk surrounded by school supplies

As schools prepare to fully reopen in many places, we want to ensure our nursing, therapy, and allied professionals are prepared for school clinician jobs across the country!

With the major changes school districts have put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to go into the upcoming school year as prepared as possible. To help, the National Association of School Nurses has put together multiple resources that will guide you in developing your back-to-school plan.

4 Back-to-School Tips for School Nursing Professionals

#1: Find the Right School Nursing Assignment!

From providing care to students to helping develop general strategies and procedures, school nursing jobs include a variety of tasks to keep you challenged and engaged. You may also be called upon to meet with families, provide general guidance in the school’s yearly medication and illness prevention campaigns or help prepare reports for the board of education.

While all of these aspects of school nursing are commonplace in nearly every school/district, your options increase exponentially by working with CareerStaff. Our recruiters work with you to ensure that they understand your preferences and match you to the best opportunities available.

#2: Understand the Standards of Practices.

According to the NASN, the first thing that you should consider before the next school year are the standards of practice that you will be expected to uphold. The first of which is the identification of new laws for mandatory screenings or health-related activities. 

With COVID-19 continuing to be a major concern for the health and safety of students and staff, schools will undoubtedly have a number of new safety measures and mandates in place. By ensuring that you are clear on everything from mandates and guidelines to the state of your equipment, you can be confident that you will exceed the standards for the school year.

#3: Have a Gameplan for Your Workspace.

You don’t need us to tell you that your workstation plays a huge role in your productivity and overall mental health. As such, you probably already have a system in place that helps you get the job done, but here are a few things to keep in mind to help you get set up: 

  • Set up your desk and room in a way that makes you and your students feel comfortable.
  • Identify how privacy will be maintained during in-person and phone conversations. 
  • Identify a place for proper and secure storage for all medications and health records

#4: Prepare Your Emergency Go-Bag!

Though we hope you will never have a need for your Go-bag, it is essential that it is always ready at a moment’s notice. Follow this link from the National Association of School Nurses to be sure that you have everything you need for your bag well before you ever need to use it.

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