mc3, LPN 13,840 Views
Joined Jun 20, '05 - from 'AZ'.
She has '12' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'various'.
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I would get the school SW and/or guidance counselor involved. Our SW will drive by the parent's home on occasion to see if they're home, and tell them their child is sick at school. I've also called the non-emergency 911 number for the police to do a well person check if I can't get anyone and it's really serious. Call 911 if needed. Oh, and sometimes our SW will use her work cell phone to call home. Parents who see the school calling will sometimes ignore it but pick up if they don't know the number. I've also asked my AP to call, sometimes a stern-worded call from them helps too. It's a very frustrating problem! We are not a babysitting service, despite what some parents want to believe. Good luck!
I've had a few chronic lice students. I can ask our school SW and District RN to pay a home visit. Lots of times, the parent isn't treating correctly or not following up. The RN can help identify problems and suggest solutions. The SW oftentimes will either buy some vegetable oil and shower caps, and can also give gift cards to the local Walmart for parent to purchase OTC lice treatment. In one extreme case, we arranged for the child to see their doctor and get a prescription, and paid for that. The student also comes to me each morning and checks her own hair with my lice comb, and I'll check it too. We've actually gotten to become friends So far, it's been worth it and I've not had any further problems. Hurrah!!
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!!
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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?
I might include lost tooth visits in there, too...
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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.
Yes, I got the "well I don't want to get sick on my vacation" lecture today. Again. Like it's my fault the kid has a cough but his lungs are fine, no fever, no sore throat, and Mom had already given him cough medicine. So I told them that working in an elementary school is a cesspool of germs 'cause there's over 900 kids here blah blah blah story". Again. What the heck were you thinking when you decided to be a teacher? That you'd been teaching classes in a clean room, surrounded by children in hazmat suits? If you're so worried about germs, tell your classes to wash their hands, cough into their elbows and get on with teaching. Don't you go to the grocery store/mall/church/or anywhere in public?
(thank you, I feel better now. Stepping off my soapbox, for now...)
Oh, I just noticed the little check mark next to my name turned to silver!! Hurrah me!! Do I win any prizes? chocolates? wine? No? Nothing?
I had a student come in after "vomiting" in lunch AKA "ate too fast and started coughing up the food in his mouth." No fever, tolerated water and crackers just fine in my office. His teacher came into my office right as I was sending him back to lunch.
Teacher- Please don't tell me you're sending him back.
Tomato- Yes, he is fine to stay in school. Send him back if he complains of any pain or nausea.
Teacher- He is sick.
Tomato- No he's not. I checked.
Teacher- He vomited.
Tomato- I am aware.
Teacher- I don't want to get sick.
I wanted to go "Oh gosh, you don't? I thought you wanted to get sick! That's why I was sending him! Thanks for letting me know, most people love getting sick. That's why I was confused."
Add to that list
-ate lunch to fast
-didn't eat breakfast
-at crap for breakfast
-didn't do homework
-my friend's stomach hurts
"How do you check for lice?"
From a distance.
And truly, this is all I needed to hear. I think just constantly being spoken to like these lice cases are my fault is getting to me. I swear, some of these parents act like all of their responsibility for these kids goes out the door while they are at school. New flash: they are yours, 24/7. You are accountable for their "wellbeing" all the time!
This is not feasible in a school environment. And catering to a small handful of parents will only worsen the problem.
For those who have not/are not working as a nurse in a school, it is the equivalent of calling a family member for every interaction with your patient.
701am: Hey Family Member! Wanted to call and let you know that I just got report on Patient and he is doing fine.
715: Hi again, Family Member. Just calling to let you know that Patient was having some pain, so I gave him PRN pain medication.
800: Hi Family Member. Following up to let you know that Patient said his pain was relieved by the pain medication. Talk to you soon!
823- Hey, Family Member! Wanted to let you know that the constipation that Patient was complaining about yesterday has resolved in stupendous, blow out fashion.
855- Hi again Family Member. About to do a dressing change on Patient's surgical site, I'll call you to let you know how it goes!
ECT AD NAUSEUM!!
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