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Joined May 30, '09 - from 'NY'. Tina, RN is a Elementary school nurse. She has '17' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Acute Care, CM, School Nursing'. Posts: 513 (55% Liked) Likes: 909

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  • May 7

    If you ask me, half of what we see on a daily basis should have a pseudo in front of it!! Especially in May!!

  • May 7

    in the same vein as Mr. Nurse with my cynical unPC world view (end of the school year is upon us, so my rose coloured glasses are pretty dirty right now)
    i'll bet giving a student with pseudo seizures just one dose of diastat would cure them forever...

  • Apr 14

    that's just a confirmation you're doing a great job.

  • Apr 13

    Quote from Extra Pickles
    Why? it's better to vaccinate against varicella than have your kid contract the disease. Your kid isn't risking death with the vaccination but is with the disease. those chicken pox parties are the same thing as sending your kid into an isolation room to see how fast he can become infected with whatever the guy in the room has. Pretty bad plan isn't it.
    I always wonder whether those kids will call their parents and say thanks in 50 years when they have shingles.

  • Apr 13

    Quote from Jedrnurse
    I go back and forth about this. On the one hand, it's nice to be remembered. On the other, it can be a little patronizing for a professional to have a "day."
    Not if you are being patronized with cake!

  • Apr 13

    Go kick the older kid in the shin...as far as the gum, no other suggestions to add. Poor kid.

  • Apr 4

    That's really sad, but true. When it hits the fan all you hear is crickets. I think If I were in your shoes I would walk to the head admin and turn in my radio; "I don't need to carry the damn thing if it doesn't work when I need it."

  • Apr 3

    Quote from Larry2016
    Wow...pain is whatever the patient says it is existing whenever the patient says it does...

    It's kind of expected by parents that a school nurse, or any type of nurse that cares for their child, do the appropriate thing. Lots of opportunity for education too...directed at both the PE teacher and the parents.

    Then the other question that school administrators may ask you -is it part of the care plan if it is a chronic condition (or was this just an exacerbation of a previous injury).


    We make the problem worse when we don't manage pain. Yes, it gets frustrating - especially in a hospital setting - when people say their pain level is a 9/10 when they had dilaudid 30 minutes ago. But the job of a nurse when it comes to pain is to manage that pain. Ever try non-therapeutic methods other than just slapping an ice pack on? and that isnt even a drug!
    So it's inappropriate in the school nurse setting to determine the source of the pain? If it's pain, it's warrants attention? I royally messed up with my 3rd grader who came in c/o of pain r/t being bumped on the R 3rd digit with a marker cap.

    Dilaudid STAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hello, 911? We have another marker cap injury...

  • Apr 3

    As a current elementary teacher, I always have kiddos who come to me in 'desperate need of immediate medical attention' i.e. they want to take a trip to the nurse to get an icepack that will later be used as a toy or drink in class. Unless I see blood or an obvious bruise, I don't send them to the nurse right away.
    I try to calm them down first and see if they want to get water. My kiddos feel like that is a treat almost as special as taking a trip to the nurses office. That usually works and then they go back to their task or playing at recess as normal. The magic water fountain cures all!

  • Apr 3

    It's college students too. Recently, students at Emory said writing the words "Trump 2016" on the sidewalk was a "violent act" and they felt "traumatized" and needed counseling. lol. If that traumatizes you, then you need a thicker-skin transplant.

    Until then, shut the frick up.

  • Mar 29

    I would say we are making the problem worse but we "alone" can't fix it and we are not going to get any support if we try. It's worrisome to me how a lot of kids today seem to be so delicate and sensitive. Regardless, you will be the bad guy if you don't "do something" for the kid's complaint of injury; according to staff and/or parent. It's easier for me to hand out an ice-pack than defend and justify myself later to an irrational parent after the fact, especially if the parent was told by the kid's teacher, "the nurse didn't do anything about it."

  • Mar 29

    In regards to the sense of entitlement that these kids have nowadays.

    *shakes my granny fist*

    For example, the kid that came up that hurt his ankle a few days ago, wasn't wearing his splint, played in PE and now it was hurting. He wants an ice pack.

    I wanted to say, "No, you did this days ago, YOU did not wear your splint, and YOU decided to play in PE knowing it would make it hurt worse."

    But instead I gave him an ice pack. If I don't sometimes the teacher sends them back or I am afraid of the sue happy parents in this world. "Why didn't you give my snowflake an ice pack for their non-existent injury!!!???"

    A girl came in and said her hand was on the ground and the basketball hit it. Not jammed the fingers, but rolled over and hit it. She wants an ice pack.

    I wanted to say, "No, shake it off, rub some dirt on it."

    But instead I gave her an ice pack.
    I feel like this is a placebo effect more than anything, and they'll be satisfied with the little bit of ice. But then it makes me wonder why can't we tell these kids, who have NO redness/swelling/bruising, normal ROM, that they will be okay without an icepack? They always refuse amputation when I offer, so....

  • Mar 24

    Quote from abc123RN
    I feel like such a failure already today! Broken glasses this morning, kid and 2 teachers standing around my desk when I looked at them to see if there was anything I could do. Frames twisted and broken, one teacher (young and clueless) is shocked that I couldn't perform that miracle repair, the other one(older and wisher of the two teachers, also married to a nurse so he gets it) was like "dude I told you she would tell you to take them home to show your parents"
    I am thinking next year at the staff meeting on the first day I am going to give a little speech. (I actually rehearsed it in the shower last night)

    These are things out of my control:
    Loose teeth
    Orthodontics
    Glasses
    Splinters (we cannot dig)
    Pimples (ones that are actually pimples they want me to pop)
    MUDDY FREAKING CLOTHES (see the family resource officer)

    Also, I am not perfect, I get it wrong sometimes, the kid you sent me yesterday that had no fever, may have one tomorrow and it may be strep...Whoops.

    If a kid vomits once, and sits in my office for 10 minutes without puking again, they will get sent back to your class. If they happen to vomit again...Sorry. My bad, now they can go home.

    Lice will not kill you. Again, lice WILL NOT kill you. If you are really that concerned stop having them put their backpacks in one communal pile.

    I give you band-aids, use them. Do not send me a paper cut.

    If your kiddo has a nosebleed, IT IS NOT AN EMERGENCY. All bleeding stops eventually. Please have them grab tissues before leaving your class. A blood trail down the hall is an infection control issue.

    If you let them play outside in 90 degree/34 degree weather, they will get hot/cold. Not my issue.

    You knew when you took this job that you would be around sick kids, you chose to reproduce. Do not send me every single sniffle because "I'm pregnant!" That didn't stop you from sending them all to me when I was pregnant, no sympathy from me.

    I'm sure I am forgetting something, but I have all summer to perfect it.

  • Mar 13

    Quote from DEgalRN
    If only common sense was contagious!
    Heck, if only common sense were common.

  • Mar 5

    The nurse's role is just to assess the need for immediate medical intervention and stability of student. Often, administrators want a definitive diagnosis and without actually have a way to perform a drug test, we cannot do that.


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