100kids, BSN, RN 11,172 Views
Joined: Dec 7, '11;
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The nurse before me was here for about 7 years but when she left they had subs for about 2 months before they found me. We are a 1 building district so I was on my own from day 1 which was very interesting. At the end of year 1 I went through every cabinet, closet, shelf and drawer in my office and got rid of so much stuff! There were old books discussing the "mentally retarded", feminine product boxes advertising "no belt needed" and lots of other out of date goodies to be found. We had a lot of laughs when I was going through everything!
Good news!! The student was discharged yesterday and is home!!
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.
Waiting patiently! Anyone get their goodies yet?
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 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.
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!
Congratulations on a successful first week. The first year is the hardest but you will find your groove. Good luck!
Hope you can work it all out and go back to being a School Nurse! Hang in there!
Off Wed, Thurs and Fri here. Cannot wait.
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...
I created most of my own Health curriculum for grades k-6. I find that no one else does it the way I want it. I like to google health curriculum or health lesson for each grade and then I start with an idea there and go from there and design what I want to teach and how depending upon the class.
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