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  • May 2

    Quote from Jen-Elizabeth
    My classroom first aid kits have bandaids, gloves, gauze (just in case it's a bigger mess so they don't drip on the way to me), alcohol pads for minor cuts (most classrooms did not have sink and soap), and petroleum packets. Oh, and a couple of pads and tampons because I deal with grades 7-12 .
    I'm the Tampon Queen as well as The Butt Cheek Police.

    All these teachers that are parents suddenly lose their ability to hand out pads or tell the kids to adhere to dress code as well.

  • May 2

    Quote from Joe V
    I LOVE the creativity with these. You REALLY stand out. (great job)

    Anybody else? Join the fun!

    Be creative!
    This means, "Pssst, Davey... settle down, Snowflake."

  • May 2

    Quote from Jolie
    Tell them they can have their ammonia inhalers when they stop ostracizing kids from school for a single nit.

    You'll need them for the increased incidence of fainting

    Honestly, I've never used one. Do they really work?
    They do. They are magic.

  • May 2

    Tell them they can have their ammonia inhalers when they stop ostracizing kids from school for a single nit.

    You'll need them for the increased incidence of fainting

    Honestly, I've never used one. Do they really work?

  • Apr 29

    *1971 Grad LPN at a school connected w/ hospital near Boston. Decided I needed to go work at the biggest, scariest place I could, so I wouldn't be afraid in my new work, which turned out to be MGH. Worked 3-11 w/ fresh spinal cord injuries under the doc who was a pioneer of halo frames...back when they were attached to plaster body casts! Unit also included Guilliane (sp)Barre, and Rheumatoid pts requiring surgeries on various joints, also post-burn psych pt's w/ grafts who were there because we had our own PT dept attached to that service. We had true Team Nsg, and every person, no matter what their role, was equally important. We wore culottes and polo shirts for modesty's sake. Great job; LOVED it! Got floated a few times to Neuro ICU (and refused floating to fresh Burns Unit, or Pediatrics, two services I can not and will not do!)

    *Since then I have also worked (ahem

    *3-11 charge and med nurse @ a Chronic Disease Hospital; several years later was charge and med nurse at a darling little 28 bed nursing home in a large 2 story house with a dumb-waiter which brought up 6 trays at a time from the basement kitchen, and occasionally crazy little giggling NA's! Interestingly enough, only two of the 28 patients were bed-bound.

    *Moved to the suburbs and since away from public transportation (subway) I got my learner's permit, bought a car and got my driver's license , all within a 3 day period of time!

    *Worked in a small community hospital north of Boston as Med Nurse and also had the opportunity to float to different services there and gain a lot more experience. Also did Team Nsg there w/ a great bunch of folks.

    *After several years there I took my first PDN case which lasted another few years, until I fell in love with a man I'd known as a friend and correspondent for 5 years, and moved to TN in order for us to get married.

    [Broke up on Christmas Eve. Didn't get married. One of the BEST 'worse' things that ever happened for me!]

    *Worked PD and HH and staff relief (at Vandy and other area hospitals in city and 'burbs)) via agency.

    *Break from nsg: worked as The Animal Lady w/ orphaned baby creatures, sick and injured wildlife at a museum for a couple years; gave public "Animal Shows" with our live animal residents, some of whom got released, others were unable to be released. Also appeared on Local TV show w/ the critters. (...think Joan Embry who used to appear on the Tonight Show w/ animals.) It was a WONDERFUL job, but only paid $7/hr.

    *Back to nursing, small hosp in spinal cord postop as Med nurse, 3-11, naturally!

    *Moved to another state, went back to school ...not for nursing... worked part-time as PDN at that time. Could not decide between majors: English, (Head of Dept wanted me to go into MFA program); Art and Fine Arts Program, or Biology, et al, (so I could continue education and transfer to larger university w/ wildlife care in mind). Two years in I decided I didn't care a thing about a college degree.

    *Back to nsg:
    *Doc's office (the only job I grew to dislike in the extreme); then a large hosp on their float team, all services; supposed to be only part-time but I did 4-5 eight hour shifts a week, also 3-11. Worked CCU stepdown and med/surg/resp most of the time.

    *Baylor W/E's in HH for 9 years and ADORED the job. Had a dog who accompanied me EVERYWHERE. He had a 4-county-wide fan base. This was before Therapy Dogs were a thing.
    * When the HH agency folded, I went back to PDN.

    * Eventually I had a stupid "Bright Idea" to go back and work LTC. Worst mistake I've ever made! After six months of trying to keep up with how LTC's make nurses wear 8 hats at once, I was sole nurse on a locked ward and in a buzz of confusion amidst 7 Alzheimer's patients, I misplaced 1/2 cc of a cream med applied to skin, which was on narc count. The DON turned me in to BoN. (!)

    *Did the entire Ethics/Morals course for BoN ($500, long form paper addressing BoN, etc. etc.) Tried to find a job to be 'observed' at and work under an RN....supposed to be at a LTC again but the multiple, multiple, multiple job applications I submitted never rec'd ANY response.
    * Did PD as a CNA to get by in the meantime, withe the same agency I started w/ when I moved here, thank God; they were people who knew me well and were familiar with me and my work ethic, and welcomed me back with open arms.

    * When it came time to go before the BoN and have a hearing to have my license restored from probationary state, I tried to make arrangements to be able to make it to their office, an 8 hour drive away, for the hearing. NOTHING worked out, and I mean EVERYTHING I tried fell through. The 'Fates' were working against me at every turn.
    It was so frustrating, embarrassing, humiliating; it took at least 2 & 1/2 years to get over the shame I felt.

    *I decided that since I could not get to BoN to regain my license back, and since I could not find any job in nursing, AND because I really, really hated the way the Nursing field had changed and was changing, plus the exorbitant cost of renewal...the whole point was moot by then anyway. I let my license (which was still current through all that) lapse. Forty-one years of sterling evaluations and kudos for my work at all jobs, but for that one LTC. I think, and many RN's, who know me and my story of that rotten time in my life, think the whole thing was an overblown reaction to my actual 'sins'. It does still gall me some, but it has lost the power to hurt. In the final analysis, it has all turned out okay for me.

    * Went back to PD cases as a CNA, so I still get to do the one-on-one "old-fashioned" kind of patient care, opportunities for
    which are few and far between. Have been lucky to get long-term cases w/ patients I really enjoy...for the most part. The pay is crummy. If the nation were to go to $15/hour minimum wage....I would get a $3/hr raise!

    By now there may be a few AN readers who might have figured out who I am, but at this point I don't quite care enough to delete this before I post it.

    I can truly say that (but for that blankety-blank LTC experience) I would do it all over again. I've enjoyed my varied career and the in-between breaks from nursing. And, OH LORDIE, do I ever have a gazillion anecdotes! Am not actually thinking of publishing a book about them all, but have started writing down all that I can remember of all my notable (for one reason or another) patients and jobs.

    The thing I like and liked best is getting to work with and take care of so many great folks. And the laughter, because, as we all know, not only is it the best medicine, people truly ARE funny. As many people as there are in the world, that's as many ways there are of doing things; variety being the spice of life, I have never been bored!

  • Apr 29

    I made the switch last year from middle to elementary. I like it for the most part. I enjoyed my time in middle school but it drove me crazy too. Dealing with dress code constantly, kids getting in fights all of the time, parents who don't bother with their older kids, the kiddos who are manipulative and just want to go home or get out of class... I could go on..
    Elementary is fun. I really enjoy how sweet and sincere most of the kids are. The kids get so excited about all of the school activities and parties, it is really fun to be a part of that. The kids never fail to make me laugh, they will definitely tell you some funny stuff. I love the smiles, hugs and cute drawings. The little ones definitely know how to make you feel loved.
    The down side is, lots of lice, potty accidents, parents that want to be called for everything, and lots of recess injuries.
    Overall, I believe it is what you make of it. Everyone has to find the age group that works best for them. Best of luck to you!!

  • Apr 29

    Quote from SnowyJ
    Summer, YES Flare and Far!!
    Ah mah GAH! We will be, like, LITERALLY, sooo CUTE in The City being all NURSEY and tipsy!

  • Apr 29

    Quote from kidzcare
    So jealous!!!
    Everyone here is invited.
    Even OldDude.

  • Apr 28

    Like "I threw up on Saturday." (Well, it's now Thursday...)

  • Apr 28

    Quote from Flare
    "my eye itches and i was sick on the weekend"... it's allergy season and Thursday... these things are not related. Why do they always think that "I was sick (days / weeks/ months ago)" is somehow a compelling argument?
    Allergies are the worst! Stop sending me kids who have allergies!! There is NOTHING I can do!

  • Apr 27

    I graduated from a diploma nursing program in 1974. I've had many nursing positions from hospital staff to doctor offices and private duty. When my youngest started school, I have 5 grown children, I started to sub in the local schools. I did that for 17 years and loved it. In 2012 I was hired at a private high school as the full time school nurse. I have since been put on a 28 hours per week schedule with Fridays off. I love school nursing but I am sorry I did not get my BSN when I was younger.

  • Apr 27

    I'm not sure we're getting all the facts in this story.

  • Apr 26

    Today is a "just because your sibling is home sick doesn't mean that you get to go home sick" kind of day! C'Mon Now

  • Apr 26

    My day was filled with: " I was out in the sun having fun and eating junk food ALL DAY yesterday - and now I am too sick to be at school."

    My reply: "You play, you pay."

  • Apr 25

    It's sort of Pavlovian. They see the nurse and automatically respond with a somatic complaint.

    It would be nice to be able to walk the building and just get some "hellos."