Has this happened to anyone else?

  1. So you peruse the AN School Nurse board throughout your day and read a post about an experience that one of your fellow AN school nurses had with a student. Then a few weeks later, the same exact (or eerily similar) experience happens to you and one of your students.

    Case in point:

    I had a student come in last week telling me he thinks his appendix is sore. Lay him down, exam shows tenderness over McBurney's point, but no rebound tenderness. States it hurts in his RLQ when he takes a deep breath though. No fever.

    I call and talk to mom, recommend she get this checked out (gut feeling), even though he is not showing "classic" appendicitis signs. Mom is right on board with this and takes him in. Student had his appendix out that afternoon.

    I distinctly remember reading about a similar situation (not classic symptoms etc) with another nurse here, and actually thought of it when I was assessing this student. My apologies that I can't remember who it was though...

    And I am pretty sure I have seen other coincidences here as well. Weird.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    It was me! And yes, basically same exact thing .
  4. by   ohiobobcat
    Ha! Well, I thought of you Jen (indirectly) while I was assessing this student.
  5. by   OyWithThePoodles
    Yes!!

    Also, I found one of my actual co-workers on here. Another reason why I changed my name.
  6. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from ohiobobcat
    Ha! Well, I thought of you Jen (indirectly) while I was assessing this student.
    And go you and your assessment skills! It is so nice to get an important thing like that right .
  7. by   Farawyn
    I love this. Glad the kid was okay.

    Sometimes the gut feeling is really important.
  8. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from Farawyn
    I love this. Glad the kid was okay.

    Sometimes the gut feeling is really important.
    It really is. And it something you just build upon with experience, I think, especially when it comes to trusting it in our lonely school nurse world.
  9. by   Flare
    this right here is why i love our virtual nurse's station. We don't get the luxury of bouncing thoughts off of another colleague in arm's reach all day. So we bounce off of one another. We have a resource to look back when we think "didn't someone have something like this" (when we have the time). We have each other to vent to to remind each other that we are doing our very best.
  10. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from JenTheSchoolRN
    It really is. And it something you just build upon with experience, I think, especially when it comes to trusting it in our lonely school nurse world.
    Agreed. I have "diagnosed" mono twice this year!
  11. by   scuba nurse
    YES! I secretly LOVE when I "diagnose" something and then it turns out I was totally right, and they come back and tell me how right I was! (as opposed to always being "just the school nurse who gives out ice and bandaids")!
  12. by   gpsrn
    It is great that someone shared here and you were able to benefit from it. We are a team, in so many ways. Thanks for sharing.
  13. by   peacockblue
    Where is Old Dude? He needs to congratulate you on snatching that child from the Jaws of Death!

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