How School Nurses and Therapists Can Fill Their Summer
As another school year draws to a close, school-based nurses and therapists have decisions to make about how they can fill their summer months. For those who aren’t required to work year round, summer can be a great time to spend time with the kids and family, relax by the pool or take that backpacking trip that keeps getting put off. Summer also presents a perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills, earn much needed CEU’s and even earn some extra cash for that big vacation you’ve been planning. Let’s look at a few ways that school-based nurses and therapists can spend their summer.
Go Back to School. Yes, we know, just what you really want to do after spending the better part of 9 months in a school taking care of your students. However, summertime is a great time to dig in and catch up on your continuing education. One of the best ways to earn needed CEU’s is from Supplemental Health Care’s Supplemental University. The online learning portal offers you hundreds of courses for free or at discounted rates, just because you work for Supplemental Health Care. Study at your own pace while you are relaxing in the yard, but please make sure the kids aren’t splashing your laptop from the pool as they shout out “Marco”...”Polo”! You have several months to fill, and with a careful plan of what you want to accomplish, you will complete all the credits you need in no time at all.
Become a Working Tourist. What is a working tourist, you might ask? Just imagine being able to travel to a city or state you have always dreamed about and getting paid to work in your clinical field. Supplemental Health Care has travel nurse, and therapist opportunities all over the country and summertime is a great time to take on a travel or per diem assignment. As a traveler, you get to work in your field and have plenty of time to explore the surroundings during your days off. Travel nursing is a great way to see the country and earn good money for that special vacation or the new house you want to buy. Contact one of our recruiting professionals today and then start packing your bags for the summer “work-cation” of a lifetime.
Volunteer. Do you enjoy camping and spending time in the great outdoors? One way to spend part of your summer is to volunteer to “work” at a summer camp. Sure, you will experience your share of skinned knees, bee stings, and bug bites, but sharing the joy with the kids as they swim, fish, roast marshmallows and enjoy the outdoors is well worth your time. If you aren’t into nature or don’t have the opportunity to find that kind of summer camp, there are many other forms of camps where someone with your skillset would be greatly appreciated.
Help out at a Skilled Nursing or Acute Care Facility. As facilities of all types experience staffing shortages during the summer months, you have a unique opportunity to earn some extra money and help out at a local skilled nursing or acute care facility. Everyone deserves an opportunity to take a vacation, and you can put on your superhero cape and swoop in to save the day! The year-round staff at the facility will welcome you with open arms knowing that they can take some much needed time off and the patients and residents will be in good hands while they are gone.
There are many ways to fill your summer months, and one of the perks of working in a school-based setting is that you get to decide how you want to spend your time once that bell rings for the final time. Tell us how you plan to spend your summer in the comment section below. Do you choose one of the ideas we have listed above or is there something completely different that fills your summer? You can also join the discussion on our Facebook page.
I am so thankful that school-nurses are thought about. Many in the profession of nursing do not view this job as a real "nursing" job. However, I beg to differ. Not only do your assessment skills need to be sharp, your collaboration skills, communication skills, and advocacy skills need to be as sharp as a whistle. In addition to being responsible for several schools and thousands of students and their parents/guardians on any given day, school nurses interact with other health professionals, administrators, and legal professionals on a daily basis. Our offices are often mobile, and traveling to various schools throughout the day can be mentally and physically draining. Come summer, a break is much needed and appreciated. I intend to do a little of all the suggested ideas for summer. Rest, relaxation, travel, CEU's and continuing in a doctoral program are all on my to-do list for the summer. Thanks again for thinking of us school nurses.... the children are our future and we care!