100kids, BSN, RN 8,093 Views
Joined Dec 7, '11.
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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.
OMG! Thanks for the laugh! I needed it so badly today! Why do I have to explain over and over again why the 5th grader with a concussion cannot "just play volleyball" at gym class? The teachers don't want to say no, they want me to be the bad guy!
My most heard line from students is "I need some ice..."
I''ll be here.
Last day of classes 6/9
then graduation 6/25.
We had a similar episode a few years ago during rehearsals for the spring concert, too long standing on stage under hot lights, small child goes down. Thankfully he did not hurt himself in the process. In our case I called mom and she brought him to the ER just to be checked. The rest of the school was more freaked out (and the adults too!) than the student who fell. Now I always remind him during those long rehearsals to bend his knees and sit if he feels funny at all.
1-there was no training for me before starting here. Just thrown in and figure it out. Heck there wasn't even any paperwork on how things are done around here. I have asked a lot of questions on AN, used my state's health services site, made friends with the school nurses at other local school districts and called on them and read, read, read. I still have a long way to go as far as I'm concerned. I wish my state had a set of classes you could take before starting but they don't so I'm looking for things online.
2-office staff is very nice here, they are very thankful to have me but that doesn't mean they understand what I do. Sometimes I think they expect me to know everything already. They have no clue the differences between nursing and school nursing.
3-Fitting in is tough. I'm not a teacher but I'm not really support staff either, kind of in between. I always have a smile on, I make sure to visit the teacher's lounge so I know who's birthday it is, etc. Be friendly that's most important.
good luck! It was a crazy start for me but I still love it!
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