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The nitty-gritty: Got your first-aid kit ready? For registered nurses stepping away from a full-time nursing career, part-time or seasonal nursing assignments are a schoolyard away. In fact, there's a shortage of nurses in public schools around the country, according to the National Association of School Nurses. The job: administering basic first-aid for kids from elementary to college-age who are injured or become ill during school hours. These "need to see a nurse" traumas can run the gamut from headaches to cleaning and dressing cuts and scrapes and to administering medicine for stomach aches. The aim is to quickly and calmly treat and/or send them home to a parent or primary care physician for continued care. Other duties include meting out a student's medication per written physician's orders for daily prescriptions for such ongoing illnesses as attention deficit disorder, chronic asthma or diabetes. Nurses can also conduct basic vision and hearing tests and teach classes in nutrition and first aid.

The hours: Flexible from nine months/full time to 20 hours a week/part time, some summer school stints. Job-sharing is possible.

Median pay range: Salaries for school nurses vary greatly across the country ranging from $12.23 to $37.98 per hour, according to Some schools and universities offer insurance and vacation benefits.

Qualifications: A valid state registered nurse license is generally a requirement. Each state has different rules for school nurses. You'll need to check with your state nursing board. All states, however, require the National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse. Nurse's aides may be considered in some situations. Extra points: If you've worked shifts in emergency care, or in pediatrics for an elementary school post, that's a plus. Clearances will include criminal and other background checks. You'll also need a current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid from a recognized provider such as the American Heart Association. You might bolster your qualifications by earning a professional school nurse certification. Contact the National Board for Certification of School Nurses for more information. Finally, add one dosage of psychology 101 — a worried parent may need as much TLC as a sick child. Hidden job description: Must be kid- and parent-friendly.

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