A specialized practice, school nurses intervene with potential and actual problems students present. They aid in helping students with development and promote safety and health in both the school and home environment. School nurses are employed in both public and private schools. Many school nurses work part time, on an on-call basis or for only the months school is in session.
Salaries in Georgia range from $16.50 an hour to over $35 an hour, dependent on secondary degrees and experience. The National Association of School Nurses advises that school nurses have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and obtain school nurse certification. A valid Georgia nursing license is required. Duties vary, dependent on the size of the school population served and if employment is in the public or private sector.
College and University Positions
Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston, Georgia, presents a job board that posts jobs for college nurses. Register and sign up for job alerts from Georgia Perimeter College communications. January 2011 postings include a part-time nursing clinical instructor's position that offers a beginning salary of $35 per hour. Multiple positions are available as an Instructor of Nursing Medical-Surgical, a 10-month assignment that pays $46.50 per hour with additional compensation based on experience. For this position, a master's degree is required, but a doctorate degree is preferred. A Georgia nursing license or eligibility for a license is required.
The majority of school nurses in Georgia, work on a nine-month contract. Salaries vary by experience, academic achievements, school location and the size of the student population. In the metropolitan area of Atlanta, salaries range from $35,439 to $55,998, with the average annual salary reported at $44,354. In Macon, the median annual salary is $41,446. Rural school districts, with a smaller student population, offer somewhat less.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 2.6 million nurses were working in the U.S. in 2008. Job opportunities for nurses, including school nurses, are expected to grow over 22 percent from 2008 to 2018 with the addition of over 500 new jobs in the nursing field as nurses retire or leave the profession.
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