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i don't have a problem with sending others to my office to fetch a file for me. It makes my admins feel useful in a crisis situation. They understand that there is no way that i can keep the complete medical history of the entire student body off the top of my head. Additionally, we keep the abbreviated medical history on their student emergency cards and keep copies alphabetized in my office and also locked in the main office. Of course this info is what the parents supply us year to year and if they choose to leave something off or if something happens during the course of the school year, it may not be accurate, but it's better than nothing.
I let them know at the time of registration. If they show up without - they are not allowed to start. Especially if missing vaccines. It has made many a parent very upset that i am actually enforcing the law and doing my job - but tough toenails. Especially to the parents that knew about all of this back in MARCH. No sympathy here. Minute clinic at CVS will happily see you and get you all the vaccines and physical you need today.
That's what I call my office a good 1/4 of the time - community clinic - based on the parents that send in their kids with the unknown rash and say "have the nurse look at it" or send the child in with the ear ache they've had since Thursday and it's now tuesday. - i think you will be fine!
I'm Usually Nurse last name, or mrs. last name or just nurse - i'm going to steal Old Dude's bit of replying to "nurse" with "student". Haha
The special ed classes and autistic programs tend to call me Nurse first name - but most of their staff goes by Miss Heather and Miss Bonnie they even call the bosses Mr. first name and Dr.first name so i don't really care. To be honest, i'd rather just go by Nurse first name overall
So my esteemed colleagues have hit the nail on the head. School nursing is a lot of things - autonomous, inspiring, heartbreaking at times, handling emergencies, balancing the needs of students, anticipating the needs of your community just to name a few - but boring is not a word i would use. Down time - yes - on occasion we do get a moment to get our heads together. It's usually short lived. Before you know it, a student will come barging through the door with their head in a trash can and a staff member will act like it's the absolute end of the world. I swear, talking the staff member down is the harder job than dealing with the sick kid.
Yes - most of us have nursing experiences outside of school nursing -i've done quite a few different things from working on an orthopedic and a trauma unit to working a a hospital ADN. In between i have worked home care, corrections, clinics and a few other random assignments that an agency sent me.
As far as age for what it's worth, i was in my early 20s when i started school nursing. When I went to the public school and worked the high school it made for some interesting encounters like the time I went to the principals office to do a screening for a student SUI and was asked for a hall pass or the time I was given homework on a field trip by a teacher that didn't know me (that time I was mistaken for a 9th grader - i had just turned 30 so i was pretty happy)
The bottom line is that if you are not happy in what you are doing, then you should look to find a different placement. That's one of the great things about nursing. You can try different specialties to see what fits. BUT - don't go into a specialty thinking that it's peaches and sunshine and that you'll be bored working there - if you're looking for a job that's easier on your back, yes, school nursing will probably require less heavy lifting. But so will a lot of other specialties.
Please - take some time - browse about our posts and try to get a feel some of our thoughts on the job. You'll see running themes of contention that we all see.
I agree with akulahawk and peacock. With the info provided it sounds like they are looking to have you there just to cover there own butts and say they have medical personnel there without having to get a athletic trainer. Nursing and athletic medicine have some similarities but there is a reason that people go into that specialty - it's to learn about those specific injuries. I agree - you can get the training, and if you are willing, should. Are they paying you for your extra time to be at those games? If they are not, then you should not be at those games. But then if they are willing to pay you, they should be willing to pay a properly trained athletic trainer - it's the right thing for the safety of the students.
Welcome back to the Garden state! We missed you here! Hope all works out well in your new role
good luck. Hope you get it!
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