Is it just my students?

  1. Or does anyone else get the "my tooth is loose and it hurts" visits? I get so many of these and I am so frustrated. Especially with the older ones who have lost teeth before. Am I wrong, or is this just a part of life and the kids should learn to deal with it without anbesol?
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   OyWithThePoodles
    I tell them "sorry bud, come back when it falls out!" I don't pull teeth, nor am I a dentist.
  4. by   grammy1
    We are raising a generation of wimps.
  5. by   CuticleCare
    Tough. It. Out. And go right back to class.
  6. by   momto5RN
    Yes!!!! All the time. And they know my line by now. "I am not a dentist!"
  7. by   kidzcare
    Quote from SullyRN
    I tell them "sorry bud, come back when it falls out!" I don't pull teeth, nor am I a dentist.
    Ditto
  8. by   Finally2008
    Yes! I wish teachers would just tell them it is a normal part of life and leave the teeth alone if it hurts to wiggle!!
  9. by   AdobeRN
    Quote from SullyRN
    I tell them "sorry bud, come back when it falls out!" I don't pull teeth, nor am I a dentist.
    I say the same and add "losing teeth is part of growing up".
  10. by   NurseBeans
    Ok it's not just me then. I blame the teachers, really. They should know that a loose tooth does not require nursing intervention. I'm not re-ordering anbesol, that's for sure. They know I have it and ask for it by name!
  11. by   chiefswife
    All. The. Time.
    Or, "my tooth is bleeding". Um, you mean that little speck of blood around your tooth that is barely hanging on?

    i usually put some orajel on the gum (and tooth), tell them to keep wiggling the tooth, and come back when it falls out.
  12. by   halohg
    I try to be compassionate to the pressures teachers are under and sometimes the blame they endure from the parents. Key is communication with your teachers and administration. I see them, smile, write on the the students take home pass that they were seen, sent by the teacher for the petty reason and move on. It only takes one time for a teacher to hear from a parent that snowflake states he is sick and you did not send him to the nurse...so guess what now he and all his snowflake friends come for everything. Also remember for the most part the parents are the taxpayers supporting your and the teachers salary so therefore they are our bosses and really have a lot of control. I try to educate the students on what and when they should see me, and if they are frequent flyers I call home and speak with parents as too why they think the child is coming so often. Again communication is key.
  13. by   Flare
    I tell them I can't pull it as I'm not a Dentist. I had my superintendent in my office for one such visit and tongue in cheek asked him if the board would pay for me to go to dental school. He laughed his way out of my office. Guess that was a no.
  14. by   NurseBeans
    Quote from halohg
    Also remember for the most part the parents are the taxpayers supporting your and the teachers salary so therefore they are our bosses and really have a lot of control.
    I see your point but here is my problem with this: I am also a taxpayer. That does not mean that I get to tell anyone else how to do their job just because my taxes pay their salary. Try that with a cop--explain why you think you don't deserve a traffic ticket because you pay his/her salary and therefore, you are his/her boss--or a road crew constructing new roads--tell them how you think the road should be paved because you are their boss because your taxes pay their salaries. It doesn't work that way. We pay cops and road crews and teachers and yes, school nurses to do a job because they have the right qualifications. My qualifications as a nurse tell me that anbesol on a loose tooth is useless. The parents are not my boss just because their taxes pay my salary.

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