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agreed - i am not keen on violating the written order. It is a matter of protection for me and a matter of the parent communicating with the doctor and letting them know that the orders need to be tweaked.
agreed - you have already spoken to her about the need to be consistent with her medication. The ramifications of not doing to should be clear by now. In order to safely do her job and teach her class, she needs to be consistent. If there is a reason that she is not consistent in taking the medications (side effects, cost, etc) the she should discuss with her doctor. But ultimately the safety and performance issues are administration issues.
i will call the parents of the children that insist that they need to go home but I will preface the call by telling the parent that their little babe is complaining of whatever and i am seeing no fever, looks fine, no vomiting, whatever and that i see no reason for them to be picked up but that i was letting them know what was going on, that their child felt they were too sick for school and that the final decision was up to them.
Most of the time the parent is thankful for the call and send their little one back to class... well actually most of the time i leave a voice mail saying to call me back and send them packing.
Are you the only nurse for 1200 kids? That's a lot of kids for one person to manage. and Ruby Jane - Tell me you're not the lone nurse for 2400!!
The good news is that it does get better. It gets better as you get more used to the kids. It gets better as you get more used to the school and they get more used to you. I swear it takes time for them to get used to the nurse because the staff just doesn't interact with the nurse. They expect that all nurses are the same. They expect that everyone will do things exactly the same. If i had a dollar for every time a teacher told me "the old nurse used to..." i would have retired rich and happy long ago.
I play music. whatever i like. Today happens to be 80s. The kids don't like it - good, then don't hang out. I also am sure to take my lunch. I am contracted for it so I darn well take it. Unless there is an emergency, i take it. I am also contracted for 2 prep periods a day, but don't really get those, i figure there are sporadic periods of "down time" sort of. I mean nothing i can count on, but there aren't any kids in here at the moment. So i don't push my luck. If the teachers didn't get their lunches there would be a riot. You are allowed a lunch. Take your lunch. you will find that your day goes smoother when you have given yourself a few minutes of a break to think.
One nurse, one aide.
At the high school my daughter attends in Arlington it's one nurse, one aide for 3,500. So in retrospect...winning....
My niece's high school only has a Part Time nurse, that covers 3000. No aide.
So many district admins just don't get how very important our role is and how it needs to be supported, not treated as a luxury that can be cut
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