100kids, BSN, RN 10,870 Views
Joined Dec 7, '11.
Posts: 821 (56% Liked)
I just picked one a long time ago because I hated seeing it blank. In my mind it's me all sweet and smiling on the outside even when people are driving me crazy and I'd love to give them a big shot of what I'm really thinking.
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.
good for you! Enjoy your break and you'll be ready to tackle all the mess in the new year!
Friday cannot come soon enough!!!
One of the teachers in my building tagged me with this video yesterday-hysterical!
I work in a small school and wear many hats as well. One of those being Attendance. I do not worry about each period of the day attendance, just homeroom. If attendance is not in the system by a certain time, teachers get a call into their classroom from me. Usually a few of those calls is all it takes to get them to remember. I also do not offer to input it for them into the system but rather ask them to please enter right away so it so I can make attendance calls. This is now making them stop instruction to answer the phone and then to input the attendance data. That's usually enough to annoy them into being more compliant. In my system I can run a report at the end of the day which will indicate which teachers are not taking attendance each period. Maybe you could offer to run something like that so administration can get on those teachers that are failing to do that part of their job.
I find being responsible for attendance and making those calls home benefits my work as the Nurse. I know what's going around and what symptoms to look for in kids coming in, I am able to educate parents and students on reasons they should/should not stay home from school, and I keep my finger on the pulse of things going on in the school community. It has led to decreased absences in my students with chronic health issues and better overall attendance in the school.
When you wear many different hats it can be difficult to manage those roles but in the end it's all about triage, attending to a student having a seizure takes priority over a bloody nose which takes priority over addressing a parent's 100 questions about everything. Attendance is at the bottom of the importance list. As long as your administration understands that then it can work but you have to make sure your Nursing responsibilities are being handled first. Good luck!
I am officially responsible for first aid and referral out to their doctor but that's it. I have done blood pressure checks, an eye exam for a driver's license and a TB check but I am not required to do them.
Congratulations on a successful first week. The first year is the hardest but you will find your groove. Good luck!
1st let me say congrats on your new job! I just started last year and certainly the 1st year is a roller coaster but I loved it! Post here often there is lots of good advice and helpful hints. For me, going through all of the old stuff in the office and purging a lot of the really ancient stuff did a lot for me. I feel like my first year I did things the way the old nurse did it with a little tweaking of my own but next year I am fully ready to set things up the way I want. It took me some time to figure out what I use most, where things are easily accessible in my office and what things could be in the back of my cabinets. Give your self some time to get a feel for your office and move things as you see a need. The 1st year will be a lot of adjusting (I couldn't believe the paperwork) and learning (I had never been involved with IEPs or 504s before). Have a great 1st year and don't be afraid to NOT do things the way the last nurse did. You will find your own groove.
Yeah I agree I never refuse to give the med but if I think it's a problem or a crutch I communicate that with the parents. There's always more to the story...
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