Thank you, everyone! :-)
Merrimack Valley School District has had a float nurse for at least a dozen years. I have had that position for 10 years. At this point in time, I have also become a 2nd part time nurse at the HS. I divide my time between the HS and the busiest ES in the district on the average day. Then I fill in at the other schools in the district when a nurse is out for varied reasons, when another nurse has meetings, screenings, field trips, etc, or if another school nurse needs assistance in some way. There are some days when we still need a sub nurse too, ie. 2 scheduled field trips or a field trip plus a sick nurse, etc. But that does not happen often. We are very fortunate to have the float nurse position.
FYI... There is also a float nurse in the Merrimack School District. In Nashua, our float nurse is such an asset to our district. We are actually looking to promote a second float nurse because of the issue of shortage of nursing substitutes. You have to be super proactive and have numbers to back you before you go to the school board. Start documenting my friend!
Jeana RN BSN - Nashua School District
I am the Lead Nurse for the Timberlane District and was a part in getting the float nurse for our schools. Feel free to email me at:
if you have any questions.
There are three districts that I'm aware of with Float Nurses. Nashua, Timberlane, and Oyster River. The lead nurse in Nashua works at Elm Street Middle School. The lead nurse in Timberlane works out of Pollard Elementary School. There is no lead nurse at Oyster River, but the nurse with the most Tenure in the district is at Mast Way Elementary School. The nurses in these schools should be able to give you the history.
Are there any school districts that have an additional float nurse position? If so, is this a part-time or full-time position, what is the job description, and how was this position created/adopted?