What Are the Qualifications to Be an Elementary School Nurse?

Updated on May 07, 2013
M.G. asks from Flower Mound, TX
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Hi Moms,

Does anyone know if you need to be an RN to be a nurse at an elementary school? If you don't need to be an RN, then what? An LPN? Thanks!

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answers from Washington DC on

Here are the job openings for school nurses in Flower Mound, Texas - Lewisville Independent School District.


All of them appear to want a certification in nursing.


Graduate of an accredited professional nursing education program
Valid registered nurse license to practice professional nursing in Texas from the State Board of Nurse Examiners
Certified by Texas Department of Health to conduct vision and hearing screening
CPR Certification"

If you look at the job listing you are wanting to do - you will know what you need to do in order to get the job!

Good luck!

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answers from Louisville on

Most big school districts want not only an RN, but also one with a bachelor's.

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answers from Chicago on

All of the Nurses at my son's schools (past and present) are RN's and some are Practiners who did not want to retire, but needed a change of pace.

I think you need to be an RN to be THE Nurse, but a large enough school may have more than one and a lesser degree may get you a part time position.

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answers from St. Louis on

our school district has LPN (or the last I checked, they did).

but I have family in St Louis & 2 of them are school nurses. Both of their districts require RN.

good question! Now I'm wondering if our district has changed to meet the standards of the larger districts. Hmmm, time to check....thanks!

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answers from Boston on

In Massachusetts, I think you need to be a BSN, working on your Master's Degree in nursing.

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answers from New York on

Call your school district. They are the only ones that could answer this question. I am pretty sure you need to be an R.N.

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answers from New York on

Depends on the state maybe but in NJ you have to be an RN and then go on for additional training and a license in school nursing. You also have to be open to traveling for your job. Nurses usually stay in the job for a long time. If you are in school for the school nurse then sometimes you can get per diem work as a substitute nurse.


answers from Dallas on

I'm not positive about Plano but I think it's RN.

You can go to the school district website and it will give you the details.

Also, depending on your qualifications, a good way to get in the door is by subbing as a nurse.

Good luck.



answers from Dallas on

I know the nurse at my kids schools are RN's and the elementary nurse has worked in the pediatric hospitals. I believe for our district you have to be an RN.



answers from Kansas City on

Our school nurse has a BSN.

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