I have a little bit of an odd profession. I am a nurse paraprofessional. The county health department takes care of all the health plans and the lice checks etc. I monitor kids or help with insulin and carb counting especially disabled kids, administerd IV antibiotics, etc.......
I'm not paid much a tiny bit more than a teacher's aid, but its worth it to me, to have the great hours and the stress of not having work call me every 8 hours begging me to come in 365 days a year. I played that game for 25 years. Tired of it!
Anyway, yesterday I was asked if I could do diabetic training to teachers. Why wouldn't I legally be able to do this? I have a BSN but I am not a certified school nurse. I have trained a zillion new diabetic patients in the hospital and outpatietn setting on diabetes. I guess the health dept nurse even said she didn't know if I could do that. Can I? WHat do you think?
To be honest, I am far more concerned about another part of your post than whether or not you can or should educate teachers about diabetes.
If I understand correctly, you hold an RN license, and your job title is “Nurse Paraprofessional.” You also mention that you administer IV medications as part of your duties. That concerns me. Please check your job description carefully. Most Nurse Paraprofessionals are not licensed healthcare providers and so job descriptions typically restrict the types of medications that paras may routinely administer in non-life threatening situations. It seems unlikely that the job description of a para would include IV medication administration, unless yours was specially written to accommodate your professional licensure.
I understand the limitations of funding and realize that a paras are necessary to supplement the limited presence of the RN and LPN in schools. But I am concerned that your district is attempting to “use” your expertise without compensating you and possibly without providing you with legal backing in the event of an untoward event.
Last edit by Jolie on Sep 27, '13
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I am an RN with a BSN.
You see compensations is not my concern. I am not interested in the money. I have been a nurse for 25 years. I will take $14 an hour with much gladness if it means I can be able to know which way is up. I am sick of the way nurses are abused. I am sick of being abused!!!! I want to be able to breathe. I want to be present instead of just existing. I have done this job for one year and have seen remarkable improvement in my life. They can take the money and shove it in their rectal orfice!!! I would choose a life over the money.
I worked like crazy the last 25 years and I have my house paid for and no debt at all. What I need is a life. I need this job. I am so thankful to have a job like this!!!!!
Last edit by Vtachy1 on Sep 28, '13
Yes, you are exactly 100% correct. I just thought everyone knew that a parapro was a teacher's aid. And that is what I do.
The legal part, go ahead and sue, I will give over whatever you want if I do something wrong. or if you think I did something wrong which I am human. It would be a relief to not be a nurse anymore!!!
I sometimes wonder if I could get a CNA license and then get hired as a CNA or LPN? Those jobs are what I need right now.
And sometimes I just think, forget the whole thing, I am ready to work at McDonald's or gas station or something. I love nursing, hate the abuse that we get. 25 years of abuse, I am worn. Tired of them expecting us to work 80 plus hours a week under very stressful conditions. I am beyond thankful for the job I have. Never been more thankful in my entire life. I am happy for the 18 years of hospital nursing in ICU, 3 years and counting as a hospice nurse ( I currently still work hospice), 4 years working for a general surgeon and assisting him in surgery, 3 years doing telephone triage, and now a nurse teacher aid. I would not trade anything for the experiences I have had. At the same time I am worn. Ready to experience life now instead of living in a state of constant fight of flight.
Last edit by Vtachy1 on Sep 29, '13