OKCPS Offers Bonus Incentive As Push To Hire More Nurses

Monday, February 1st 2021, 5:45 am
By: Jordan Dafnis

Oklahoma City -

The Oklahoma City Public school district is looking for nurses, as middle and high school students prepare to return to in-person classes Tuesday for the first time since March 2020 on a hybrid schedule.

With students heading back to class, the district needs more nurses.

“In our current environment in a pandemic, they are especially important. We use them as one of our first-line contact tracers in the building, but they are also very important in like I said an everyday role," said Brad Herzer, Assistnat Superintendent of Human Resources, Safety and Security for OKCPS.

To get nurses interested, OKCPS is offering extra money. They are giving out a one-time recruitment stipend of $5,000 to registered nurses or $2,500 to licensed practical nurses who accept a full-time position in the district as a school nurse.

Their goal is to have a nurse at every one of their 62 campuses. They are hiring right now and for the fall semester.

The district said some benefits of working for them include the hours.

“The number of days that a teacher works is the same number for our nurses. So, they have off all summer, all spring break, over the Christmas holiday they are off," says Herzer.

According to the district, the average annual salary for an RN is $51,391 and the average annual salary for an LPN is $32,376.

School nurses follow the same schedule as our teachers - which means a 181 workday contract with summers and other paid holidays off. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 7.5 hour days. They will not have to work in the evening or on weekends.

The district offers equalized pay meaning there are 24 pay periods in a contract year, so employees receive a paycheck even during summer break.

Nurses also get paid health insurance, paid life insurance, paid contributions to the Teacher Retirement System, plus other OKCPS benefits

Click here for more information on how to apply.