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Had a student last year come to me with a splinter in his palm near the thumb, pretty deep. Attempted to remove it w/o success. Mother called, because this mom makes helicopter parents look permissive, I call her an umbilical parent, and took him out of class! This boy was a sixth grader. Pediatrician, knowing mom well, referred kid to a hand specialist, at this point the child has missed 2 days of school, and a third to go to the hand specialist only to be told it will work its way out in time. That is what I told her on the phone. I so wanted to make those absences unexcused.
Nobody knows this moms experience. My step moms nephew drowned and since then, that whole family said they have become very over protective of their children. Part of nursing is understanding people's behaviour, and not taking things to heart.
I wonder why she was shaky, though? That part doesn't account for the dye, and surely would have thrown you off as you collected the symptoms from the teacher or whoever sent her!
We have ALL dealt with parents like that. They will always exist.
Already this school year I have had two parents go above me to my supervisor and my asst principal. The first time, my AP wanted to take it to the board but my nursing director intervened and reviewed my charting and explained that I did everything correctly- It was a kid who hurt her arm at the busstop before school. Came to me right away. No bruising/swelling/open skin. Full ROM. I gave her ice and told her to let me know how it was feeling later. She never returned. Turns out there was fracture. The other changed the way I chart- it was a kid who said he was getting hives to his face- I asked if he had allergies (no), didn't see any discoloration to his skin where he was indicating, asked him if it's happened before (no). He left my office and immediately texted his mom. She called me less than 5 minutes after he left my office saying that he was having an allergic reaction and it started last night and he just began an antibiotic 2 days before. I tried to explain that he did not give me any of that important information and I recommended that she come get him and call the prescribing physician right away.
Got an angry call as I read this! Mom is upset because her child told her that he came to see me yesterday 10 times! for ear pain. I saw him once, as soon as he got off the bus, he ran in and said "My ear hurt in the middle of the night, but it's all better now" No fever, felt fine, never saw him again. Mom says that I call her "all the time for stupid stuff" I've called her once because her child had a croup sounding cough with wheezes in all lung fields. I love starting my day with disgruntled parents! Deep breaths and TGIF!
No, that's just it. At home they do nothing. I have parents like this and when I ask what happens at home when a minor incident/injury this this happens and the kid shrugs and says "nothing." But if you don't treat it like life & death at school...
She is one of those. We have 6th grade drama in my son's class and a mother has inserted herself in it. I told my kids that I will not do that, they need to work it out. Younger parents are overinvolved in their kids lives, totally ridiculous. She is the problem, not you. I know school nurses in my day didn't call for everything and you shouldn't have to either. Honestly, what do these parents do at home, ice everything?
It has been crazy busy but today I decided I HAD to take 2 seconds to pee, even if that meant kids would be 6 deep in line when I returned.
So I rushed to the K5 bathroom (shudder), quickly seated myself after inspecting for pee droplets so as to not Find myself sitting in mysterious wetness (this is a problem in a K5 bathroom) & looked to my right to discover this lovely sight:
If you've suffered from endless, glued down, cheap TP syndrome, you'll know this was a very long bathroom visit consisting of me ripping this bad boy into a million tiny shreds while dumbfounded fakers searches for me in the hallways in desperate need
She was infected by the head lice, wasn't she?!
Our first quarter ends on the 28th. We can do it!
One of my favorite nurses in our district resigned today. I am so sad, she will be missed and VERY hard to replace.
3 guesses as to why she left.
I had a parent ARGUE with me that her child's case of lice HAD to come from the school because she doesn't go anywhere but school and home. I envisioned mom locking her away like a doll between the two. Amazing.
Can't from work. And I'm not taking him home!
I tried to calm her. Told her there was no health risk. She knows this. She is educated, has resources. Just in that bubble of people who go insane at the mention of headlice. I had a teachers aide tell me she would rather have both her arms broken that get lice
When people (take your pick students OR staff) come in at a down time moment -which do happen from time to time and exclaim - "it's so quiet in here!" or my personal favorite "What do you do in here all day?"
A fifth grader who constantly forgets his inhaler, and when he needs it, has parents who can't manage to bring it in until I threaten to call 911.
You put that thing in a ziplock STAT!! Science the sh!! out of this!!
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