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  • Jun 22

    Congratulations!

  • Jun 20

    Last week-FINALLY!!! I am so ready for summer vacation!

  • Jun 18

    Here til the 23rd here.

  • Jun 6

    I have to say I'm jealous for those of you who have days/weeks without kids. I'm assuming you're in upper level schools where there is testing but only kids with a test report for that time. I could so use that time to get my office organized, finish my paperwork and get situated for the next school year. We have kids right up until the last day and I'm always scattered right up until they leave.

  • Jun 6

    Here til the 23rd here.

  • Jun 6

    I have to say I'm jealous for those of you who have days/weeks without kids. I'm assuming you're in upper level schools where there is testing but only kids with a test report for that time. I could so use that time to get my office organized, finish my paperwork and get situated for the next school year. We have kids right up until the last day and I'm always scattered right up until they leave.

  • Jun 6

    Here til the 23rd here.

  • Jun 1

    I hate days like that! I lIt's June 1st and we have more kids with colds, coughs and sore throats than we did back in February. Summer break cannot come soon enough!

  • May 23

    Less than 25 minutes after arrival at school student comes down just not feeling well, feels nauseous and his stomach hurts then proceeds to tell me he was throwing up all last night but mom wanted him to try to go to school today! C'MON!!!

    Shocking update-mom's phones are all going to voicemail.

  • May 17

    Quote from Farawyn
    Glad I live in NY. We are one of the most stringent vaccine supporters. If you are not immunized, you cannot attend school. NOPE.
    Well unless you have a religious exemption. Those are not to difficult to get in my NY district. Several years ago my youngest had pertussis even though he was vaccinated. At the time I knew 5 children who got it in his school (there were more but I don't know the exact number). All 5 of them were properly vaccinated. Those cases made it even harder to convince some local parents of the need to vaccinate.

  • May 16

    I teacher 1 Health class per week for each class PK-6. I have special certification to do this and it's one of my most favorite parts of my job. The kids love it! I cover hygiene, self-care, emotional health, social skills, anatomy, nutrition, healthy habits, self-esteem, medication safety, first aid and more. It has taken a lot of time to create my curriculum but the rewards are high.

    If you want to get more involved in the classrooms speak to administration about it and get their backing. Health is scheduled into the students' day here just like any other special so I don't have to fight for time but show administration why this is a good use of school time and the benefits to the students and school. Healthy kids are better able to learn! Good luck!

  • May 9

    I am included in Teacher Appreciation Day here and one teacher brought me flowers for Nurse's Week.

  • May 9

    I am included in Teacher Appreciation Day here and one teacher brought me flowers for Nurse's Week.

  • May 9

    I am included in Teacher Appreciation Day here and one teacher brought me flowers for Nurse's Week.

  • May 8

    Quote from CountryMomma
    Not trying to stick my nose in, just wanted to give an example of how this can happen.

    We live very rural. Nearest neighbor is 2 mi away and is semi-elderly. School is 20 mi south. Husband works 30 mi north, I work 65 mi south. We have no family nearer than 70 mi. We split our schedules so that there is only one day we are ever both at work to avoid not having someone available for emergencies, but on the day we both work, it can be up to 2 hrs before the husband can get out of work, drive 50 mi to pick up the sick kid. He works in production, so he might not hear the phone right away, add 15-20 mins to delay if he's elbows deep in grain bin or finishing lab processes. There is no way my work would allow me to leave the floor for a sick child unless said child was being admitted. We have 1 emergency home for the kids, it is a very faint acquaintance from the PTA I know. She works 8-5, so she's only available as an emergency home d/t weather, not for a sick kid. We aren't religious, so no church, and we don't get out to socialize much because there's a serious lack of childcare in the country.

    It happens. It used to be that there was an extended support system for families in an area, but with snowbirds following the sun south and families having to move around just to follow their job, you can't rely on family alone.
    I read your story and know that if you were in my school I wouldn't be griping about you. You and your husband have plans for an emergency, they may not be perfect but they are plans. In my school I'd know you well enough to know your situation and to plan accordingly. I know you cannot get here quickly but as long as you are really trying to pick your kid up you are ok in my book. If it's a medical emergency I'm calling 911, if not I am thankful you are trying to get someone here to pick your child up if they need it. It's when someone just doesn't care and doesn't get it that I need your kid out of here so someone else's kid doesn't get sick. I get it, it's not always easy but if you're a SN chances are you have seen way too many parents who view the school as their childcare. They pay our salaries after all .

    I'm just getting tired of hearing complaints about how the School Nurse's are being judgmental and assuming all parents are bad-We ARE NOT! There is a backstory with each kid that doesn't often get shared but if you've been in our job you would understand and you would need to vent about it too. It's not 1 or 2 parents and it's not the parents that are truly in a situation they need help with that we complain about-it's the one's who can't be bothered and expect us to just deal with it when they don't want to. They never pick their kids up on time from school, they ignore phone calls from the school so they are not inconvenienced, they refuse to bring their child to get immunizations because they have yoga class and they're often the first to jump down our throats when little Jimmy got a papercut and we didn't call home about it. We don't have coworkers next to us to roll our eyes with or vent with-we are the coworkers! So vent away School Nurses if you need it! I know you aren't uncaring, hate the kids, assume every parent is a lazy and every child is faking but we see it way too often-more than anyone not in our role could imagine so go ahead and let it out-we will listen!


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