mc3, LPN 13,558 Views
Joined Jun 20, '05 - from 'AZ'.
She has '12' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'various'.
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This is a pet peeve of mine!
The one in my office is the only one available for visitors to use. I don't like it when I have people traipsing in and out, especially when I have children in the clinic. Never mind potential privacy issues and FERPA. Management doesn't really take it seriously...I' m sorry, but this is not a public bathroom!!
I am questioning myself on this. I think it's because I've gotten gun shy from getting screamed at by parents. Like every school nurse, I see many tummy aches, headaches, sore throats, ear aches, etc. I always call home whenever a child bumps his head, has a serious injury,fever or is vomiting (that an adult sees!), etc. My problem seems to be with the lower grades - K, first and second. This year I have alot of complaints from this age group regarding tummy aches. After I check them out, have them use the bathroom, take their temp, eat crackers, etc. I feel they should be able to go back to class. But part of me thinks I should let their parents know, because of their ages. I end up calling the parent in most cases because I don't want the child to go home and say I told the nurse I was sick, and she didn't do anything. Again, I've had the unpleasant experience of dealing with many angry parents that I didn't call, so now I think I overdo it. It's starting to take too much time away from other things I need to do as I have about 950 kids.
How do you all handle these types of complaints? Again, the I have no problems calling when it's the bigger issues, but the smaller ones like this?
I might include lost tooth visits in there, too...
This is my biggest pet peeve! My experience is that some parents do that for two reasons. 1) It will stop the kids from nagging you to let them stay home, and if they're really sick the nurse will call anyway and 2) it's easier to tell your boss you got a call from the nurse and you have to go get your sick child, rather than calling out for the entire day.
I had a first grader tell me yesterday that he's had a sore throat "since I was a baby"
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A thought that just came to me in this snowflake age, at what point does not calling the parent constitute holding against their will?
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