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Since head lice are not considered a health hazard, CPS would not get involved if the report was just about that. If your school policy prohibits head lice, excessive absenteeism because of untreated head lice would compel CPS involvement. Looking unhealthy would be too subjective for a CPS report and looking disheveled probably doesn't violate your school policy. Since this really results in an academic issue please don't feel responsible for this situation; you've done what you can. Has administration done anything about the absenteeism and low performance?
I still have questions after watching the video.
1- Why was this kid asking for a medication immediately after a minor bump?
2- Was the nurse working in her normal capacity? (ie: was she a sub, internal sub, or otherwise unfamiliar with the students?)
3- If you don't want the nurse to have consequence (ie: public embarrassment) then why go to the news? As another poster mentioned, med errors happen EVERY SINGLE DAY in hospitals and SNFs. ETA- I am not meaning that we should dismiss any med error as unimportant just because they happen frequently. But no need to blow out of proportion.
4- Why did this cognizant student take the med after she was clearly being mistaken for someone else?
5- Is no one concerned about "Ava's" privacy?? It looks like a small school. It was said more than once on the video that the medication was meant for someone named Ava. I don't think it would be too hard for many people to figure out who that student is.
I always have my T1D come to me with her lunch and tell me what she will and won't be eating. She has a pump and many times I will split the dose depending on her lunch.
I have a high school student who we treat this way. He checks before lunch, goes to eat and then I insulin pen him after lunch (he is a special needs student). Our lunch is only 20 minutes, so while he might spike during that time, it most likely is due to the food he is eating, which I will be covering with insulin shortly. It works for him and he has pretty good control over his blood sugar. There is also a kindergarten student we have in our district with a pump, they cover her 1/2 carbs before she eats, then cover the rest after so they can subtract something she doesn't eat or add on if she decides to drink a juice or something like that. I am involved on the fringes of this student's care (covering when her usual nurse is out sick).
You can always call the diabetes clinic your student uses and talk to them (with parent permission). Both clinics in our state are super helpful and are willing to work with the school nurses to find a plan that works best for that child.
The post the other day about how excited Jen was to get an ice maker made me think about what I would put on my imaginary "Nurse Wish List" for the holidays
I would love a microwave for my office to heat up a rice-filled sock for heat (HS nurse uses this and it is great)
Some really nice models of anatomy stuff (like the torso with all the organs in it)
A full-size skeleton that hangs from a pole (just because the kids would get a kick out of it and I could use it for teaching)
An endless supply of saltines that I didn't have to buy myself
I don't really understated the over the top reaction (IMHO). The nurse addressed it, owned it, didn't just let it slide, which could be easy to do. The potential is huge, but thankfully the kiddo will be ok.
I never let the buddy stick around! I ask "Are you along for the ride? Yes? Well, thank you for your service... I got it from here."
Buddy system = person I need to see is suddenly mute and the chaperone is all knowing, except for the boy that did not speak English . . .
I get all the clothing issues sent to me because I have all the clothes!! Yes, for some reason ( I'm guessing its the old "its always been that way" excuse) my office holds pants, shirts, underwear, socks, shoes, coats, boots, snowpants, hats, mittens and any other odd thing you could want. Didn't dress up for picture day? Go to the nurse. Your class was supposed to all wear blue shirts today? Go see the nurse. Spilled your milk on you at lunch? Go see the nurse. The snow that was forecasted for two weeks now caught your parents off guard? Go get stuff from the nurse. It's never ending!
For the love of all that is good and holy, can somebody please tell me why the school nurse is the person to go to for clothing issues?
typical potty accidents (don't really know why that is a nursing issue, but ok)
a kinder student who likes to pee on the floor when he's mad - I get called to the classroom to help change him (why is this a nursing issue?)
a student who's jacket zipper is stuck and can't get out of the jacket (I cut the kid out of it - why is this a nursing issue?)
a student's who's shoes are FALLING apart - the soles are almost completely separated from the shoe (taped the shoes with medical tape and called mom).
Seriously, I have teachers who will call/text/email parents because the kid has "a really high fever" (temp was 99.0) or because the kid has "a bad rash" (known eczema), but can't contact parents for shoes or clothing issues?????
16 more school days till break!
There are a lot of parents who do not want to use meds, and what may not be an issue for the parents is for others. Sounds like the girl was away from school for a protracted time and is responding to the change. Perhaps request a period of time (a month?) before weaning so she can reacclimate?
Follow-up guys. I did connect with the parent; turned out to be a lovely conversation. We will work together to help the student better speak up and recognize possible asthma symptoms. Student also has new asthma action plan. Big win and a learning experience. I know when I stop learning, I may need to find a new job.
You guys are still the best, though .
I've had 5... 3 of them before the day started. BUT I am in IDGAF mode and I'm just like "There's the phone, call home" If the parents want to pick up the snowflake, they can. I have other stuff to get done.
10 in 1 hour - the saddest, most pitiful faces EVER.
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