School Nurses

Nursing specialties will be in great demand in the future. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing will rank as the second-highest career for growth through 2022, and employment of registered nurses is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations in the years to come. The outlook for school nurses, however, is not as bright. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment for nurses who work at elementary and secondary schools will grow more slowly than the average for all careers through 2022. According to the National Association of School Nurses, even though school enrollments are projected to increase, school nurse positions are being eliminated in a greater proportion than other positions within the educational system. As educational systems try to find ways to cut costs, professionals such as school nurses may be eliminated, or jobs may be reduced from full time to part time. Since cuts may vary by region and state, school nurses should be flexible and willing to relocate or to seek other nursing opportunities, if necessary.

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