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Career Story: School Nurse And Sex Education Instructor

School Nurse And Sex Education Instructor

Job Title: Nurse

Type of Company: I work for a school district in a socio-economically and culturally diverse suburb of Boston.

Education: BA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania •• BSN, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania •• MSN, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania •• Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing, Drexel University

Previous Experience: I have worked as both a staff nurse and nurse practitioner in women's health and adolescent medicine.

Job Tasks: Currently, though, I work as an adolescent health nurse in a high school and 3 middle schools, providing classroom training and independent tutorials on the subjects of sexuality, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and relationships. I monitor all pregnant and parenting students in our school district, working closely with faculty, social workers and administrators to help them achieve academic success. I also bring them into contact with outside agencies like the WIC, Healthy Families, Public Assistance, etc. that can help improve their lives, and, in general, serve in much the same way as a case manager would.

I also work within the community to reduce teen pregnancy by helping to publicize and disseminate information about adolescent health, sexuality and pregnancy.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I love working with teens. I also really enjoy the other woman with whom I work. And I have plenty of autonomy.

I find the constraints of working in a school system to be trying at times. Though trained as a nurse practitioner (in essence, a substitute doctor) I am limited by the school to what an ordinary school nurse could do. For instance, though I'm allowed by law to prescribe medicine, the school, pointing to my job description, refuses to let me do so.

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Additional Thoughts: I have been pleasantly surprised by the flexibility of my career choice. I have worked all 3 shifts as a staff nurse. I have worked traditional Monday through Friday, 9-5 hours; I have worked full time and part time. I feel as though this is a great career choice.

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