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I let them know at the time of registration. If they show up without - they are not allowed to start. Especially if missing vaccines. It has made many a parent very upset that i am actually enforcing the law and doing my job - but tough toenails. Especially to the parents that knew about all of this back in MARCH. No sympathy here. Minute clinic at CVS will happily see you and get you all the vaccines and physical you need today.
I'm Usually Nurse last name, or mrs. last name or just nurse - i'm going to steal Old Dude's bit of replying to "nurse" with "student". Haha
The special ed classes and autistic programs tend to call me Nurse first name - but most of their staff goes by Miss Heather and Miss Bonnie they even call the bosses Mr. first name and Dr.first name so i don't really care. To be honest, i'd rather just go by Nurse first name overall
I agree with akulahawk and peacock. With the info provided it sounds like they are looking to have you there just to cover there own butts and say they have medical personnel there without having to get a athletic trainer. Nursing and athletic medicine have some similarities but there is a reason that people go into that specialty - it's to learn about those specific injuries. I agree - you can get the training, and if you are willing, should. Are they paying you for your extra time to be at those games? If they are not, then you should not be at those games. But then if they are willing to pay you, they should be willing to pay a properly trained athletic trainer - it's the right thing for the safety of the students.
good luck. Hope you get it!
That's what I call my office a good 1/4 of the time - community clinic - based on the parents that send in their kids with the unknown rash and say "have the nurse look at it" or send the child in with the ear ache they've had since Thursday and it's now tuesday. - i think you will be fine!
Welcome back to the Garden state! We missed you here! Hope all works out well in your new role
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So my esteemed colleagues have hit the nail on the head. School nursing is a lot of things - autonomous, inspiring, heartbreaking at times, handling emergencies, balancing the needs of students, anticipating the needs of your community just to name a few - but boring is not a word i would use. Down time - yes - on occasion we do get a moment to get our heads together. It's usually short lived. Before you know it, a student will come barging through the door with their head in a trash can and a staff member will act like it's the absolute end of the world. I swear, talking the staff member down is the harder job than dealing with the sick kid.
Yes - most of us have nursing experiences outside of school nursing -i've done quite a few different things from working on an orthopedic and a trauma unit to working a a hospital ADN. In between i have worked home care, corrections, clinics and a few other random assignments that an agency sent me.
As far as age for what it's worth, i was in my early 20s when i started school nursing. When I went to the public school and worked the high school it made for some interesting encounters like the time I went to the principals office to do a screening for a student SUI and was asked for a hall pass or the time I was given homework on a field trip by a teacher that didn't know me (that time I was mistaken for a 9th grader - i had just turned 30 so i was pretty happy)
The bottom line is that if you are not happy in what you are doing, then you should look to find a different placement. That's one of the great things about nursing. You can try different specialties to see what fits. BUT - don't go into a specialty thinking that it's peaches and sunshine and that you'll be bored working there - if you're looking for a job that's easier on your back, yes, school nursing will probably require less heavy lifting. But so will a lot of other specialties.
Please - take some time - browse about our posts and try to get a feel some of our thoughts on the job. You'll see running themes of contention that we all see.
if there is an injury as a result of a fight, i am happy to make a call to a parent to report that. But the admins understand that I report on the injury and only the injury. I will tell a parent that Joey has a split lip from getting hit by another student, it's been cleaned, iced, treated and whether i feel further med attention is needed or not - but I will not answer any questions about the event itself other than when it occurred (or more to the point, how long ago i saw the student). All other inquiries get directed to the admin.
If the admin's point was to get me to do their dirty work, which let's be real, sometimes it is - it's not going to happen. Because the parents ALWAYS want to know the rest of the details that i am unwilling to share.
Welcome to the cool kids table! The forum is a little slow because it's summer and most of us are enjoying our perk of having off - but come the school year, you'll see that we're ripe with activity. Don't ever hesitate to ask anything. Even if it seems silly. Trust me - i've been doing this a long time and I still ask plenty of questions.
Enjoy your orientation - most school nurses don't get that. It's a pretty autonomous job. You will feel our what you need in time. Most officxes have some sort of go-bag established. But we all make them work for us. There is probably a stethoscope there - but you will probably want to bring your own. The one there is probably el cheapo and about 40 years old and it's primary function if kids listening to theirs own hearts and being lent to the science teacher for their lab on the heart. (Nobody touches my personal stethoscope).
Oh, don't forget your pink on Wednesdays
i'm doing summer school - it's a very slow pace here so my work is caught up and i can't start anything new because it's not ready to start yet. On the plus side i got the reading done that they wanted us to do and knocked out a few CE courses.
it does make it a bit easier to work where your just on a salary with steps, but there are the days when I look at myself in comparison to my colleagues (all teachers) who get to enjoy an uninterrupted lunch where they can leave the building to go for pizza without the threat of being called back because a kindergartener needs an inhaler or have 2 duty free periods per day for "planning". Riiight. I think if all things really were fair, i'd get bumped a step about every 3 years or so.
In private industry I could negotiate and be given a raise or at least a bonus. I try to gently suggest to them from time to time that getting me more clerical help would be a good start (a part time nurse would be better) as i'm run pretty thin, but instead the extra help goes to IT, the library and administration. The logic around here is fascinating.
i love that movie - just sayin'.
i work a side job that brings me into that world, but requires absolutely none of my nursing muscles. (i know, we never really go off duty, but honestly, that's not what i'm there for). I have seen young people that I can tell have come from an affluent background by the way they talk and dress and carry themselves who have been reduced to the lowest rung due to their addictions. It really makes me sad for them and hopeful that they can get the help they need. (not just them - all the people i come in contact with. Addiction is not just a disease, it's a curse)
I think the idea of a sticker / meme like that - while i'm not one for bumper stickers, but i am one for dark humor, is maybe just maybe a wake up call that the straight a cheer leader / captain of the team is not immune to being chained to a steel table in the booking room of the local pd unable to string two words together, having narcan squirted up their nose and then wondering who they're going to call because they burned all their bridges last time they got arrested.
if i had to wager a guess, i'd say that you are in a state that requires a csn for your school nurse, but allows a secondary nurse on campus to have an RN - they're just packaging that as a health aide - i don't love the verbiage, but it may be worth looking into. Just be sure you're not working below your title.
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