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 also be responsible for health education programs and school health plans. They are also in charge of administering medication to children and for seeing that special needs students' health requirements are met. School nurses are employed at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required