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I'm good with Mr. Last name or Nurse Last name but if they address me by "nurse" they immediately become "student."
Having files for each patient ready to go in emergency situations is honestly what I would do as a school nurse. You can keep it locked ina file cabinet with a key on your person at all time to maintain hips and then all you would have to do is grab it quickly. You could even do that while ems is loading him up.
I think there are some misconceptions here that need to be addressed before you can really consider school nursing for being an "easier" nursing SPECIALTY (because that's what it is, a specialty). I think reading through the school nurse thread on AN will be very helpful to you, but also highly recommend substituting before even considering to apply to a full time position. I think you will be surprised how different it is than what you imagine it to be.
Some food for thought...we have "patients" who yell, hit, and bite too. We have students with anxiety, depression, PTSD, bi-polar, suicidal etc. etc. Psych is a major component of school nursing. You deal with these kids while you are handling everything else, by yourself. Additionally, we are responsible for every human on the premises not just the students. If anyone has an emergency it's on us to respond.
The major difference is that on a unit you have help, supplies and when experienced, know what to anticipate. Everyone in a school looks to us when things go sideways. We school nurses can plan to a degree but rarely know what urgent issue is coming next.
I have. 6 years. And currently still do PRN.
The stress is less (for me at least) but it's there in a different type of way. Sue-happy-media happy parents have principals and teachers afraid of not sending every little thing to the nurse. Things that take up unnecessary time that is need for your more serious students.
In most cases you are THE ONLY medical professional in charge of over 500 kids. Some nurses are lucky and er a health aide. Most don't. This means you need to know your **** because there isn't anyone to ask (except the fine co-workers of AN). No charge nurse, no doctor. Just you. I don't have to deal with patient satisfaction scores which is nice...but a mad Momma doesn't leave an anonymous complaint-just sayin'-much worse.
Most people think all we do is stick on band-aids, hand out ice packs and Saltines and cal it a day. In my district thee are students that have diabetes, seizures, severe asthma and allergies, trachs, g-tubes, students with muscular dystrophy who have no movement below their waist so you have to use a hoyer to change them. Not to mention your daily med kids which means most ADHD problems get sent to you.
I don't think you were trying to belittle us school nurses but your original post talks about how you wouldn't mind being "bored" which put a bad taste in our mouths to begin with. Our jobs aren't easy. Just like your job isn't easy. They are both hard in their own ways.
*Forgive typos-on the iPhone.
Just wondering...have any of y'all worked in a hospital?
Would this be considered a "wet" dream?
It's a humor type to deal with this type of difficult situation. It also, I think, reminds people that many opiate overdoses are actually from affluent people in affluent areas. We need to break down this NIMBY attitude towards overdoses so that we can actually get to the root of the cause to try and stop it.
I call on on old asthma orders. I can't force a parent to bring in an inhaler, but I document I called and if the child has an issue I will demand the parent bring it or the child can't return to school without it. I have my principal's backing on this. We have had to send out too many student's in ambulances with asthma attacks due to no meds and couldn't reach a parent. I have now remedied that issue. I don't play around with breathing issues.
Call the Ombudsman office and high tail it out of there!
Just an FYI I found a squirrel who obviously had a broken back and was totally paralyzed dragging itself along the side of the road. I brought it to a local vet to be euthanized and they did it for free without question!
Vets take an oath too and most of them are compassionate enough to provide euthanasia to even a wild animal that is suffering!
"These new compact cars are ridiculous!"
Teachers take days off
No cover ever for me
A school nurses life
In unrelated news, as some of you may know I am leaving my school at the end of this year. Mr Tomato and I are moving since he got a promotion and I will not be working in a school once we do. I do, however, have 3 job interviews lined up for the weeks after school ends!
So i'm going to zombify this thread - the district, through an initiative through the county just had a few employees (including myself) take a narcan administration class. The thing is here that this "county initiative" group does these trainings and hands out these narcan kits to "concerned citizens" and family members that want to be prepared to save their loved ones. I voiced my displeasure but was essentially told by my boss - just do it. But what i am trying to impress upon them is that i don't believe the rules for school have changed that much - especially my pk-8 school. (there MAY be something in the hopper for high school here in my state) i don't believe narcan is a drug that can be delegated. I don't think all the pharmacies are even considering it otc yet - i think only some have a special permission and you have to i believe do something special to get it.
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