100kids, BSN, RN 7,116 Views
Joined Dec 7, '11.
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But my #1 wish: that every piece of paperwork I sent home that I need parents to return would actually get to the parent and come back completed!
My wish is for all of you school nurses to get exactly what you want!! Thank you for your service. Thanks for the ideas for my school nurse!
Wow, I am not a school RN but you guys have the most interesting posts. Is there a way to support my local school RNs? I'd love to kick in for some granola bars and a microwave, etc.
I've worked miracles!
Honestly, I'd say 90% of the time, I see kids with "just a red eye" and no drainage. Itching varies. But I's say almost 100% of the time those kids come in convinced and already diagnosed by either their teacher or Dr. Bestfriend that they have the WORST case of acute conjunctivitis. but 9/10 times once they rinse it well they feel better and it doesn't bother them again.
I have mine through NSO.
I have the same exact thought multiple times a day as i run down my list of numbers and call 5-6 numbers to try and reach parents only to get no answer (and often times with NO other emergency backup people). I think to myself - "Jeeze, what if your child had fallen off the slide and had knocked them self unconscious?" Or what IF that inhaler was needed emergently? Sure - i'd probably give a puff of it if the kid was in dire straits, but it would be followed up with calling ems and ensuring that the right forms are on file. Of course once the media would get their hands on it and the right people put their spin on it it would be "School nurse sends child to ER for simple asthma treatment despite having inhaler" and those who don't know can begin their judgefest.
I don't really understated the over the top reaction (IMHO). The nurse addressed it, owned it, didn't just let it slide, which could be easy to do. The potential is huge, but thankfully the kiddo will be ok.
i agree - also it's because it has to do with it being a school. There are drug errors in hospitals and LTC facilities everyday and no one alerts the media about it.
Pitiful kid: Mr. B told me to come down here to rest.
Me: Are you sick?
PK: No, just tired.
Me: Back to class...
PK: But Mr. B said!
Me: He's tired, too. If I hve to suck it up, so do you.
I love older teens.
I've had 5... 3 of them before the day started. BUT I am in IDGAF mode and I'm just like "There's the phone, call home" If the parents want to pick up the snowflake, they can. I have other stuff to get done.
A word of advice, Fawn from the part of me that's done crisis intervention for first responders for the last 6 years:
as I see more and more news stories unfold surrounding this my gentle advice to you is to unplug yourself. Avoid the media coverage of this. It will only serve to upset you and anger you and add to your stress. The media, as we know can't resist to a sensational story and all your community needs right now is healing and love.
Life gets inconvenient at times. Especially when you are a parent.
These are FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS and I'm sooooooo over the whining.
Suck it up, people.
Student is 12 and yes, old enough to vocalize symptoms. I will be working on this with this student, as I do with all my middle school students. And I will try and foster a good working relationship with the student's parent. I've done that with my other students that can have moderate to severe asthma to the point where the parent will call me and leave me a voicemail if the student has been battling a cold at home to give me a heads up.
I'm tired, folks. The student is in a grade that I see so many kids from, most for emotional related issues. Not an excuse, of course, but a reason for me to perhaps explore my visit log and how to further avoid the same students visiting me 2-4 times a day (for another thread...)
Thanks, guys, I appreciate it. I love you for letting me talk it out. This is truly our nurse's station.
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