100kids, BSN, RN 6,629 Views
Joined Dec 7, '11.
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Yep, but I also wish they would change the orders. Anyone gave give an Epi-pen. It is so easy to use.
I tell my teachers that they will never regret giving it; they may regret not giving it.
I send a letter home with each child in April/May spelling out exactly what they will need for the start of the next school year. Once school starts I send my own letter first for the ones I am missing and then one signed by the principal for the ones still missing even with a warning. I mother my own children I don't want to mother every kid in the building! Is that really too much to ask? Some days these parents really get to me...
Business casual here. I do many other things than being the Nurse so it just makes sense for me.
It's a big list here, as is often the case in small schools. I am in charge of attendance, dismissal and any changes, teaching Health classes, missing/forgotten lunches and anything else, database administration, graduation, community outreach, social work, there's more I'm just blocking out right now. LOL This is why each day I leave here wondering where the day went. Wearing all these hats really helps me to know all of the students and their families and I love that! My first priority is the health and safety of the kids and everyone knows it, the other stuff has to wait if I have an emergency. Somehow we have made it work.
If kids are hungry I feed them. I ask the staff for food donations throughout the year and use them for forgotten snacks, lunch or didn't eat. I know some of these kids don't have a lot of resources at home and if I feed them something they are able to be more productive in class and learn. There are a few kids I take right from the bus and feed almost every day just to give them a good start to the day because I know breakfast is often not offered at home. Are your free lunch students eligible for free breakfast? I know some schools do that. We have no cafeteria food service so it's me or no one so I make it happen if I can. My students are younger so it's less about their choices and more about their parents and home situation.
I'm appalled the Nurse delayed the Epi-Pen and emergency services. Epi is always the first line for an allergic reaction. Benadryl is putting a band-aid on it. Our anaphylaxis procedure:
2) Call 911
3) Hook up to nebulizer if student in Health Center
4) Benadryl via liquid or IM.
Epinephrine is always the first line treatment. I don't care if you aren't sure if it's an allergic reaction or not. Give it.
But if a student came to be saying that they ingested their allergen and felt they needed their epipen i would not debate it with them - i'd just give it to them. .
I think this has to do more with education to the providers. Most of the allergist I speak to prefer Epi to Benadryl. I even went to a school nursing training last year and we had a pretty predominate allergist specialist speak to us about allergies and why Epinephrine is always the first line and how Benadryl can mostly fail to delay anaphylaxis. It was a great speech and changed a lot of people's mind about treating allergies.
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