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  • Mar 24

    When I was at a school that had me policing dress code violations, I would keep the student's clothes until I received the borrowed clothing back. Not really an option with clothing that is soiled with stool.

  • Mar 24

    I wonder, why is the nurse's office bathroom the spot for the daily training? I know that's the standard, setting a daily time to sit and either poop or just sit, but why does it have to be the nurse's office? Any toilet will do, especially since the student needs to be wiping their own behind. Maybe see if this 20-30 minutes can be spent on another toilet.

    I'm not sure about anyone else, but I have a handful of these kids that will poop their pants but not one doctor's note from any of them. No documentation at all, really. I did have one mom that told me of her son's issues, and I explained what worked with my son, which is what the pediatrician told us to do, and she listened to my whole speech and said "nah, that won't work". No explanation, just a statement that it won't work. Okaaaaaay...so just keep supplying me with wipes and clean underpants then? How long do we continue this? Is the kid going to be at Sr prom pooping in a rented tuxedo?

  • Mar 24

    Quote from kidzcare
    Do you know if she suffers from migraines? I had a student about a year and a half ago that presented with neuro symptoms (aphasia, confusion, numbness and tingling to extremities) and was originally thought to have had a stroke (he was 11!) but later the neuro said it was migraine instead.
    She doesn't, nor did she complain of a headache at the time. She does have a brain malformation (won't go into specifics). Our EMS took her to the nearest hospital which I used to work at but they aren't big in neuro. I urged her and her husband to contact her neurologist in case he wanted her transferred but they never did.

  • Mar 24

    I have these issues with my k-4 set as well. I currently have a second-grader who visits fairly often, and who has---wait for it--pull ups in my office in case he wants to wear them. This is a 7 year old still wearing potty training undies. It is bordering on inappropriate if you ask me, but no one did...

    Anyways, encopresis is a real thing, seems to be getting bigger and bigger. I blame chronic constipation from garbage diets and too little water, too little activity, and then somehow Miralax is supposed to be the replacement for good toileting habits. I can speak from experience, I had my own child who was being difficult to toilet train and who finally, at 3 1/2, got off the chronic constipation/Miralax/constant soiling merry-go-round. What happens is they get constipated, and then parents give Miralax (which isn't actually approved for peds or long-term use), and the kiddos "leak" poo around the blockage in their bowel. A big ol' poo can hang out in there for quite some time, letting Miralax liquid poo leak around it. And it stinks like nobody's business.

    Except it seems to have become the nurse's business. I do what you do, I lay out clothes and undies and wipes, give specific instructions about not putting wipes in the toilet, and then close the door. I answer requests to wipe buns with a solid "nope" and steady, uncomfortable eye contact. About the third time the same child visits I make it clear they know where their clothing resides (I put them in the bathroom in plastic baggies with their names on them) and let them figure it out. Wiping their own butts and changing clothes is a life skill. Learning to poop somewhere other than home with their mom ready with the moist towelettes is a necessity. We all did it.

    If teachers question me or ask me to "check" if a kid pooped their pants I do the same thing I do to the kids--"nope" and steady uncomfortable eye contact.

  • Mar 24

    Quote from NurseBeans

    If teachers question me or ask me to "check" if a kid pooped their pants I do the same thing I do to the kids--"nope" and steady uncomfortable eye contact.
    Hahahahahha!!! I love this!

    Recently, I joked before an IEP meeting that I was going to shake hands with the parents and then use a massive handful of hand sanitizer while maintaining eye contact with them.

    I have not had this issue, thank goodness. I'm flabbergasted by the 7 year old in pull ups. (only because they are for convenience as opposed to being necessary for a medical diagnosis or developmental delay)

  • Mar 24

    Quote from JerseyTomatoMDCrab
    You beat me to it! In Baltimore, "hon" is so ingrained in the vocabulary of the locals I don't even give it a second thought. But only "hon" and, as a transplant, I'm not entirely sure why.

    As for the parents, I get called sweetheart, honey, babe, sweetie all the time. From staff as well. I don't mind. Maybe I should, but I don't.
    Hon is almost a substitute for ahh or umm. It started in Highlandtown, Hon, a very ethnic area of the city. I haven't partaken the annual Hon Festival, but have seen it on the news. Think "Hairspray" celebration and that about describes it.

  • Mar 24

    High kid trying to climb out my window later stole his mom's keys and flipped his car over.

  • Mar 24

    Quote from NurseBeans
    I waited and waited for this during all my pregnancies, I was ready with my sassy comebacks, and no one even tried. No one even asked.
    I was working as a hairdresser during both of my pregnancies and had a lot of belly touches. Customers who were frequent visitors to the salon for multiple services would sometimes feel like they knew us very well and would step over that line. It honestly did not bother me that much then, but I'm a much more outspoken feminist now

    I tend to be a bit sarcastic and I would say things more like:

    Customer: Oh, look at you! When are you due??
    Me: *(clearly pregnant with twins)* What are you talking about?!?!
    Customer: *(horrified)* Uh... I thought you were... I... uh...
    Me: Hahahahaha

    Customer: Is your husband excited?
    Me: He'll probably be more excited once the paternity results come back...
    Customer: Oh...ok

  • Mar 24

    Quote from Flare
    We're not supposed to allow anything that' is not FDA cleared here.
    We are starting that next year. The nurse before me accepted this small vial of belladonna pearls (its not labeled so i honestly have no idea WHAT it is) that they parents wanted us to keep for coughs. One of the other nurses in the district was asked to administer drops of an EO into a students belly button to help with gas...he's the reason for our new FDA only push lol

  • Mar 24

    Quote from NutmeggeRN
    well you did just what she needed. And I'm glad she was seen in the ER. May not have been a seizure, but who knows. 911 was the right response and I'm glad it looks she will be OK. Please keep us posted
    Better to have called 911 and everything be OK than to wait too long and wish you had called.

  • Mar 22

    Quote from dakotadenise
    That being said, the example Kidz gave about the car salesman would just give me a really creepy vibe. Not ok.
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    But yeah, that car salesperson example was creepy.
    I won't say it happens all the time, but people like to touch my hair. It's very thick and long and generally styled (remember, previously a stylist) so I guess it looks inviting? I think guys think of it as flirty but it usually does not come off that way. A guy at the gym recently did it too (my hair was in ponytail so I don't know how it looked inviting) and it made me so uncomfortable that I actively avoided using weight machines that he was near and left the building through a different door to avoid him.

    SM gets to touch my hair though And the first time he did, he asked for permission.


    Quote from GdBSN
    I guess it all depends on the messenger.
    This is very true. Context is everything.

    I always think of an article we read in nursing school that was written by someone in a nursing home wondering "When did I become everyone's 'Sweetie' and 'Honey'?" and wanting to be treated like an individual.

  • Mar 21

    Yea, that's a mainstay.

    We've asked the mods before... Maybe they can set up a sticky for us at the top of the page for forms.
    I'm thinking they will not, 'cause they utilize other sites besides AN, but it's worth a try to ask again.

    Maybe OD can ask. They like OD.

  • Mar 21

    Quote from halohg
    Also remember for the most part the parents are the taxpayers supporting your and the teachers salary so therefore they are our bosses and really have a lot of control.
    I see your point but here is my problem with this: I am also a taxpayer. That does not mean that I get to tell anyone else how to do their job just because my taxes pay their salary. Try that with a cop--explain why you think you don't deserve a traffic ticket because you pay his/her salary and therefore, you are his/her boss--or a road crew constructing new roads--tell them how you think the road should be paved because you are their boss because your taxes pay their salaries. It doesn't work that way. We pay cops and road crews and teachers and yes, school nurses to do a job because they have the right qualifications. My qualifications as a nurse tell me that anbesol on a loose tooth is useless. The parents are not my boss just because their taxes pay my salary.

  • Mar 20

    I tell them "sorry bud, come back when it falls out!" I don't pull teeth, nor am I a dentist.

  • Mar 16

    Quote from Flare
    if i don't see the bug, then I don't do anything other than treat the bite as an unknown bite. I remind the staff all the time that i am not an entomologist and i cannot id bug bites definitively nor can i make any assumptions.
    I get this all the time - nurse pass reason "bug on them" or I had one teacher smash the bug in some paper and send the student with the smashed bug to me.

    I mean I'm good but not smashed bug good, lol.


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