100kids, BSN, RN 9,510 Views
Joined Dec 7, '11.
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That's great! I love teaching the little guys! They get really into it.
What is down time?
School Nursing is not for everyone but based on all the School Nurses I know (IRL and on AN) I'm guessing you won't be bored for long. Yes in School Nursing it's not always emergency here, problem here type of busy but I never finish what I need to do in a day here. These kids are all my kids. I worry about them like my own as well. Have I prepared little Johnny to be able to self-carry his inhaler as he gets older, is Sam ok or are there troubles at home I need to watch for, how can I help Jenny's family with diabetes education because they are not getting it from their physician, how can I help Julia handle her anxiety and stay in the classroom instead of being a frequent flyer, how can I help these children become their best selves and live happy, healthy lives? The mounds of paperwork and screenings somehow get done before the end of the year BUT that is not my real job in my opinion. My job is to help the chronically ill students be able to attend and function in school and to help all of the students be able to attend school and learn. Sometimes this involves educating the students, sometimes it's educating and encouraging the parents. In the middle of all this are the hockey sticks to the face at recess, the peanut butter and jelly at the lunch table, the student fainting in the auditorium and the diabetic student whose readings range form 38 to 438.
I work in a very small school so I have many other hats I wear in my building (attendance, health teacher, dismissal coordination, etc). I would suggest getting to know the teachers and students in your school. Offer to come into the classroom and read a book or discuss germs and hand washing, or healthy eating or the body systems. Being the Nurse in a school of educators can be isolating, but my advice would be if you have time on your hands try to integrate yourself into the education world at your school. The highs of this job, when I go home and know I made the difference in a child's life, they are huge. I hope you find them where you are as well.
They probably don't even know about the survey. When I started at my charter school three years ago, our school was brand new and no one knew about it. I only found out about the survey by accident b/c a nurse at another school mentioned it. I called to confirm and sure enough, I was responsible and only had ONE week to submit the survey. Talk about stress. My own DOO knew nothing about it.
I hit 100% compliance in my school TODAY!!!
I always find that my students here from other countries tend to come in at the beginning of the year and by the time I finally get all their immunization figured out they are leaving again. I wish they would come AFTER my immunization report for the state is due.
I love salt water gargles for sore throat. It also helps determine who is faking. No one really likes a salt water gargle BUT if they are really suffering I find most kids will try it.
I have tried a few but like my Welch Allyn Sure Temp the best.
Mass hysteria in 4th grade yesterday! 6 girls came in from the playground scratching like crazy. Girl 1 is the only calm, non-scratching one- she says "They all held a fuzzy caterpillar and I told them that touching it makes you itchy and then you stop breathing and then you die"
Me: surrounded by freaking out little girls that won't stop scratching their arms and neck "Why?! Why would you say that?!"
Girls 2-6 chime in with a few random "omg, I'm so itchy" and "omg, me too"
Then "My leg is itchy now" "Omg, now mine is itchy too"
Everyone is breathing adequately, no hives, no redness, no rashes. Clearly a case of panic and monkey see, monkey do. Girl 1 is still talking about dangerous caterpillars and how everyone who touches them has to go to the hospital, so I tell her to go away(nicely!). I separate the others; 1 on each cot, 1 in the chair, 1 in my inner office and one by one apply caladryl(not that they actually needed it, but it smells medicine-y, so you know,placebo effect) and, like magic, all of the itching and trouble breathing instantly stops.
5 lives saved, y'all!
I'm here. Had our first in-service day today. Kids don't start until 9/6. You guys will probably be done with your screenings by the time I get started. LOL! Hope everyone had a great summer!
Last week-FINALLY!!! I am so ready for summer vacation!
I work with Elementary kids and wouldn't have it any other way! I'm like their mom at school. I work in a very small school so I do a lot of jobs here in addition to being the School Nurse. I am often like a chicken running with my head cut off but at the end of the day I love it. I teach all of the Health classes for my school and really enjoy that time in the classroom. It is one of the highlights to each day but it makes things crazier when I get back to my office and need to go check on students who came to see me while I was in class. The 1st year as a School Nurse is difficult. You are on your own (well except for the people here) and no one else in your building really understands Nursing. It is not a hospital or a Doctor's Office and everybody thinks you should know everything there ever was to know about health, illnesses, injuries, medical terminology, medications, etc. Realizing that's unreasonable and not expecting yourself to be an expert in all areas medical is liberating in this job. Everyone thinks School Nursing is band-aids and ice packs but there is so much more. Creating Health Care Plans, monitoring home situations of at risk students, educating a newly diagnosed asthmatic who was handed an inhaler with no instructions, digging into what's really bothering that 3rd grader who comes to see you not feeling well at least once a day, helping identify potential issues for kids and working through them with parents, helping parents understand their child's illness or diagnosis, these are all the wonderful things I do every week. I love the school I work in and I love my kids, and believe me they are my kids. The hours work for me so I can be home with my own children each summer. I used to get home in time to get my youngest off the bus but since he no longer needs that I often stay late to work on my Health lessons or new programs I want to implement. It's been a good fit for me.
Good luck in your decision!
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.
Here til the 23rd here.
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