Friday was a mess more so than usual. We had a lot of teachers out due to many reasons but there was a certified teacher subbing in one of our self contained sped rooms. The assistant in there really cant deal with anything so I am always willing to help with whatever. I was at a different school doing mass vision and hearing screenings. She calls and says a student has a nose bleed. Well this student doesnt have nose bleeds he sticks his finger up his nose repeatly and makes it bleed. So essentially he just needed cleaning up. The teacher sub says "Oh no dont you touch that! That is the nurses job!" Umi no its actually your job dude. You are the teacher in the room. And any kind of bleeding that has stopped can be handled by soap and water and a bandage if needed in class! If it is actively bleeding and not controlled yes then I need to address it.
So next year when I cover blood borne pathogens for the 100th time I am going to add "I am not standing up here for my health. If you have a student bleeding you need to put on gloves and apply pressure, then help student clean up. This is why we cover this. I know how to deal with blood and body fluids. I am 1 person for 2000+ kids spread out between 4 schools
and you only have 20 in your care at one time."
I should make it my vow today to start telling all the teachers "what their job is"! Believe me that wouldnt go over well but for the ole nurse well we can just treat her however ya know.
27 more school days this year!!!!!