School Nurses


School Nurses


School nurses focus on students' overall health. They may work in one school or in several, visiting each for a part of the day or week. They may also assist the school physician, if the school employs one. They work with parents, teachers, and other school and professional personnel to meet student's health needs. School nurses promote health and safety, work to prevent illnesses, treat accidents and minor injuries, maintain students' health records, and refer students who may need additional medical attention. School nurses may al...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree



Clinical experience required





Personality Traits



School nurses' salaries are determined by several factors—the financial status of the school district, the nurse's experience, and the scope of duties.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, registered nurses had median annual earnings of $73,300 in May 2019. Salaries ranged from less than $52,080 to more than $111,220. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses made a median ...

Work Environment

Schools are found in all communities, cities, and rural areas, and learning institutions can vary greatly. School nurses may work in an environment that is a state-of-the-art educational institution in an affluent community, or they may work in a rundown building in the inner city. By the same token, some school nurses may have up-to-date equipment and adequate resources, while others may find ...


Nursing specialties will be in great demand in the future. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 7 percent through 2029, or faster than the average for all occupations.

The outlook for school nurses may differ. As educational systems try to find ways to cut costs, professionals such as school nurses may be eliminated, or...

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