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i don't care if the families see me out and about. I don't care if they see me in the grocery. The only thing that I do ever give a second thought about is running out to the store in my schlubby clothes in case i run into someone i know - but that is less of a "i work in town" issue than a "simply me" issue. If we have to run to the store and i am in sweats and make it a point to change, my husband will make it a game to point out all of the people that left the house looking much more casual than i was.
there is a lot to be said about a short commute and in the same school as your kids - both are very beneficial. On the other hand - being that close to the school and working there can be a little daunting to some. You are constantly in the public eye. If you are the type that can shrug it off if you are spotted in a store buying beer or out to dinner having drinks and spotted by students or parents then I say go for it.
Most of us have to find our own subs too if we ever, God forbid, need a day off. No one else has to do that.
i have spoken to kids about hygiene - and i do have deodorants here. But, as others have said, there is no law against being stinky. I can gently advise a student that they are of a certain age where they may need to shower more often and use deodorant now (and not wear the same blessed hoodie every freaking day!!) But i will only do it once. If a teacher complains again to me and wants me to speak to them again, i tell them no. (You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it shower!)
On the other hand - Kidzcare did bring up a good point that the teacher handing it off like that DOES indeed make it seem like the teacher is gossiping. So that does make me revise my stance on this.
Ha ha! I've been there! The parent got so mad at me for suggesting that I take the child for an x-ray - which, by the way, the arm was broken, but somehow i should have been able to set it in my office. Parent was still mad - AT ME - the next day when she brought the kid back in with the paperwork and cast. The topper... wait for it... kid didn't even hurt himself at school - came in that way.
On the other hand, let's hear it for the parent that just gets it - not afraid to get their kid on the phone and tell them to suck it up and get back to class. The ones that call us to tell us that Jimmy might come down at some point to pull some crap because he forgot to do his English report. You see your kid is sick, and you keep them home. Love it! We salute you, parents that have a brain, and use it!!
Yes! I had a student with a laundry list of ailments per the parent. Parent stated the student was getting treated for cancer too. I told the parent that I NEEDED medical documentation. The documentation I got was incredibly limited, mostly just excusal notices for minor injuries - none of it ever said anything about cancer.
Now - sort of related, i've got a student that has a concussion. The student has "gotten worse" after improving after a week. He is fine one minute in class, terrible in the classes he finds challenging. Stumbles in front of the teachers that challenge him, but walks fine with everyone else. He has been enjoying his rest periods in my office, but leaves after a few minutes when he realizes that I am not going to spend my time that he's here chatting with him and i'm going to work / attend to other students. (walking fine, btw) But according to mom, it's all gloom and doom.
absolutely agree with Ruby. Pills are swallowed in front of my eyes, in my office - no distractions. Invest in a dollar store pitcher and a box of dixie cups if you don't have a sink in there.
I am glad to hear that things are starting to come together. They passed a law in NJ this past year that tweaked the requirements to be a school nurse -http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/PL17/70_.HTM the reason why i give you this info - when i went through my cert the college wanted me to do so much more than was required by the state. A school nurse I was talking to about going through the process gently recommended that I get my records audited by the state - boom- instead of the 5 or 6 more classes that the college wanted me to take i only had to take one to finish my cert. Oh happy day!
life is funny. I ended up applying to a hospital thinking i'd do bedside to make some extra cash and ended up getting hired on in an administrative role. I ended up working there for over 4 years. Now I am working other side jobs not related to nursing and taking steps to get my masters in a field outside of nursing. I am looking down the line to when i retire - not soon but in the grand scheme of things not terrible far off - and what i'll do then.
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