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Posted June 22, 2016

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Schools in Need of Nurses

Qualified RNs are encouraged to apply to work with students on health management, prevention and education.

APS is still in need of school nurses.

Laura Case, the district’s director of nursing services, said the job is ideal for parents of school-age children because school nurses work when students are in school. Full-time school nurses work six-and-a-half-hour days, 184 days a year, with summers and holidays off.

If nurses can make the hours work for them, there are other advantages to working in schools, Case said.

“It’s such a positive environment in which nurses can really support student health and wellness,” she said. “School nurses are educators with a focus on prevention.”

Nurses also play an important role in the management of care for students with health issues such as diabetes, asthma, and allergies.

“School nurses don’t just take temperatures and put Band-Aids on skinned knees,” Case said. “Many children rely on the school nurse to help manage health plans that allow them to focus on learning.”

APS is now taking applications for school nurses. Go to the job listings on the APS website for a more detailed job description and to fill out an application.

Qualifications for school nurses include:

  • A BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related health field
  • Current New Mexico RN license
  • Three years of full-time experience in a supervised clinical nursing setting
  • Current CPR certification

Preferred areas of experience include:

  • School nursing
  • Pediatric, hospital or ambulatory care
  • Technology-dependent care/pediatric ICU
  • Emergency room.

To apply for a job as a school nurse:

For more information, call Nursing Services at 855-9842.

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