100kids, BSN, RN 8,545 Views
Joined Dec 7, '11.
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Last week-FINALLY!!! I am so ready for summer vacation!
Here til the 23rd here.
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.
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!
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.
Glad I live in NY. We are one of the most stringent vaccine supporters. If you are not immunized, you cannot attend school. NOPE.
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!
I am included in Teacher Appreciation Day here and one teacher brought me flowers for Nurse's Week.
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.
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