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  • Jun 17

    I just about lost it with a 4th grader who came in here drooling a long line of bloody spit all over the floor after pulling his tooth out.

    I need a beer. or five.

  • Jun 15

    Regarding Immunizations, know your state requirements per grade ahead of time. I keep them printed out and on the wall for quick reference, mostly because NY likes to change them. Parents must submit immunization records. I enter them in our system and make sure none are missing.

    NY also has a database that imms should be logged into. I print out this for all NYS students as well. Often it is more up to date than what parents provide.

    Right now I am busy logging in all my new students for next year. Very time consuming.

    if a student is not fully immunized upon entry to school despite multiple reminders, the parent is sent an exclusion letter at the start of school that lists an exclusion date no later than 2 weeks from the start of school. No compliance? No attending school after that date.

    The only exception is students who are VERY far behind, and they must follow the ACIP guidelines for "catch up" with imms or else again, exclusion from school.

    Honestly, this is the bane of my existence. No lie.

  • Jun 15

    Um, am I the only one who read that title in the house elf Winky's voice?

    And if Old Dude's treating, can I join you awesome school nurses for lunch?

  • Jun 14
  • Jun 13

    I have a "May I please..." rule that is only allowed to be violated if you are crying or gushing blood!

  • Jun 13

    I am old school all the way. I tell new nurses that you can't even consider yourself experienced before 3 full time years, to give yourself time to learn what you weren't schooled. School nursing is almost exclusively isolated, unsupervised and unpredictable. To have no prior catalog of experience is pretty unfair to the students. I am not trying to point fingers, as I know a few of you are new nurses and school nurses, but the first question you should ask is "would I be comfortable sending my family member to me?". I have a deep work history and this was a whole new mindset for me, with a steep learning curve (thanks ANSN, you saved me a few times). This may be a dream job, but some things need to happen in their time and IMO unsupervised jobs should be left to experienced nurses.

  • Jun 13

    Quote from Been there,done that
    No, never had holidays, weekends and summers off. Worked a lot of midnight shifts though.. you should try THEM.
    I do both. Sorry, I will never diss on something I don't know. Little life lesson, best to just back slowly and quietly out of the room. I have plenty of experience doing that.

  • Jun 10

    Quote from Farawyn
    This. We had NO AC back in the day. Please kids, suck it up.
    We had fans in a 1920 brick school house. Oh and we were about a mile from a slaughterhouse and a refinery. Good times.

  • Jun 10

    Quote from Been there,done that
    Speaking for the vast majority of nurses that do NOT get an entire summer off, I am having trouble arousing sympathy in this case.
    I really try with the whole if you have nothing nice to say thing ... but I have to this time:

    You clearly have not been here,done this.

    Sorry, I couldn't help it!!!

  • Jun 10

    Quote from Been there,done that
    Speaking for the vast majority of nurses that do NOT get an entire summer off, I am having trouble arousing sympathy in this case.
    You made your choice, we made ours.

  • Jun 8

    I usually give "first time flyers" more latitude and/or benefit of the doubt.

  • Jun 8

    Quote from Blue_Moon
    My school is in a low income area. Parents are asked to send a change of clothes but most don't. Most don't answer their phones. The one time a parent did answer and bring in a change of clothes, tried to hand me the clothes so I could change her son's BM accident up. I refused to take the clothes and pointed her to the bathroom down the hall. Seriously! It's a pain to search through clothes and when the kids complain I remind them it's not Walmart and they can either take what's offered or stay wet, dirty, whatever. Luckily we have a local church that donates clothes in whatever sizes I need. I ask for the clothes to be laundered and returned and maybe get 1/4 of them back. I hand the kids wipes and clean clothes. I think some kids are just barely potty trained when they start school. We have a large amount of parents who don't seem to know how to be a parent. It's very frustrating.

    However, if a child has several accidents we ask for a dr evaluation and parent meeting. Then we start a classroom plan on more frequent scheduled reminder bathroom breaks, etc. Once the parent realizes this is being taken seriously and is a major disruption it usually improves. We have had cases of sexual abuse or kidney issues discovered by requiring dr exams so it's good to keep track of which kids and how often. Sometimes its behavior related. Never fun though.
    I get your vent and don't want to sound holier than thou at all, just wanted to give you another perspective. Driving through the city to work 11-7, I saw the harsh realities of these kids' lives. Elementary aged kids were hanging outside their homes in groups at 10:45 on school nights. There was usually one adult hanging close. The sad social reality of inner city kids is the 3 out of 4 of them are being raised by single mothers who work multiple jobs and can't be there for their kids. School is primarily child care because they are living hand to mouth, making education secondary. Therefore, the only ladder they have to climb out is not given any importance and only a few parents understand that it is their only way of rescue for their children. Without real parental guidance, the teens become independent without maturity and the poverty cycle continues. My sociology lesson has now ended.

  • Jun 8

    AND on pink Wed, we also get a BOGO Burrito, bowl, or taco. (Norovirus optional.)

    Chipotle — Nurse Appreciation

  • Jun 8

    I haven't gotten dressed yet (yay summer!) but I will find some pink!

    Extra fetch day... It's my birthday!!

  • Jun 7

    Those of us who have started Summer are still held to the rules of Fetch Wednesdays.
    See you all tomorrow.
    Pink Rules.


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