mc3, LPN 14,230 Views
Joined Jun 20, '05 - from 'AZ'.
She has '12' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'various'.
Posts: 1,011 (51% Liked)
A few years ago, my husband happened to mention to his aunt (who lives in a different state) that I had some students who borrowed clothing/warm jackets at times. We live in the South, but do occasionally have some cold mornings! Our district was low socioeconomic as well. About a month later I received a check for $100. from her women's church group - in another state! - donated to purchase clothing for my clinic.
Wow - just wow!
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!!
Same to you all!í ¼í¾„
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!
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