School nurses need to have a degree, whether it's an ADN or a bachelor's degree, and they will have to pass the boards and be licensed in the state of their employment. Find out what special certifications a school nurse must obtain with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.
Hi, my name's Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas, and I'm going to tell you how to become a school nurse. This is a specialized kind of nursing, so you're going to need the basics that any nurse needs. You'll need to have your degree, whether it's an ADN, a Bachelor's, or a diploma. You'll have to pass your boards and be licensed in whatever state that you are employed. And then from there, you have to get special certifications according to the state that you're in. So this is regulated by the National Association of School Nurses. It's a course that you take, then you pass the test, and you're certified. From that point on, you'll go into different school districts and seek employment in that way. Right now, there's 45,000 school nurses, and the average nurse per student ratio is one to 950, which is a whole lot. But I think it's worth it. So that's how you become a school nurse.