Oh please, just let me vent!!! | allnurses

Oh please, just let me vent!!!

  1. 21 OK, teachers. I would like to clarify a few things for you.
    #1. I cannot cure hiccups. Why are you sending the student to me? Ditto for a cut that happened a week ago at home, a sunburn from a we
    ekend at the beach, or numerous other minor complaints. I know you don't want hear whining, but neither do I. THERE'S NOTHING I CAN DO!
    #2. I cannot make the children germ-proof, so you won't get sick. Don't work in an elementary school if you're concerned about getting sick. You're in the wrong place. I'm sorry, but it is a hazard of our job!
    #3. See #2
    #4. I do not sit around on my butt eating bonbons all day. I know you're tired of them. I'm tired too. Everyone is tired and grouchy and school needs to end. All of our jobs are hard. But please don't send them down to me for every-little-bitty-thing. You have 20 kids. I have 60 kids/day. Really.
    #5. See #2
    #6. No, I can't tell the parents to keep the kids home if they don't have a temperature. If the parent feels the child is fine and they don't have any symptoms, they need to be in school. We get in trouble for that. It's called denying the child their education.
    #7. Yes, I know the majority of parents think we are baby-sitters. I cannot change that. I cannot tell parents how to raise their child, or teach them common sense on when to keep them home. Some will never get it, and some don't want to get it. See #2.
    #8. I'm thrilled that you're pregnant. But I still can't germ proof the kids - all 900 of them. Kids have germs, and you mostly likely will end up getting sick at some point. See #2 and #6. Just try and wash your hands a lot, and don't let little ones get too close.
    #9. Loose teeth hurt. Yes, they do. I cannot pull the tooth our nor make it better. Ice won't help it. I can give TLC, but so can you!
    #10. Yes, children can vomit quite easily. Especially after lunch. Sometimes on command to get out of class - really! Please try and trust my judgment, OK? I'm following the school policy; you may not agree with it but I have to abide by it.
    #11. I'm not just here to rubber stamp someone you want sent home!
    #12. All of the above doesn't apply to the little kids - pre-K and K. If they don't feel good, I automatically call Mom to come pick them up. I'm not heartless. Really..

    Thank you for listening! I feel better now...........(sigh)

    11 days and counting.............
    mc3
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    About mc3, LPN

    mc3 has '12' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'various'. From 'AZ'; Joined Jun '05; Posts: 775; Likes: 1,038.

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  3. Visit  RN_2012 profile page
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    Then we have the RN mom, me who has kept her kids out but has run out of parent notes. I am not taking them to the doctor for every stomach virus, or URI they have that I am capable of handling as a nurse myself...so truant charges might happen if I try to keep them home without a waste trip to the doctor for a freakin virus. Screw it, next year they might do home school online since my parental judgement means **** to the school system.
    Spidey's mom, Kidrn911, RNinLDRP620, and 4 others like this.
  4. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    YES! to #11.
    uRNmyway likes this.
  5. Visit  asturnage1 profile page
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    I must vent about a few issues but I'll also be receptive to any solutions because this is an on going problem in my facility. I'm heart broken watching good nurses & nurses assistants being fired because of a complaint before a proper investigation is done. One person was accused of abuse & after investigation from dcfs there were no findings against the accused. The employee was never reinstated. Today I learned of another case where a patient accused an employee of being rude. The employee was taken off the schedule before the incident was discussed with the employee. After learning the situation, it's been found that the employee walked away from a patient that was being verbally abusive. Yes, she notified her immediate supv. The situation was defused & documented. What rights do we really have in our facilities? Especially if actions are being taken before a thorough investigation is completed.....urgggggg that felt good
  6. Visit  cav5 profile page
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    Yep, Yep, Yep!!!

    I use to think this was just elementary and now I work at a MHS-NOPE!
    browneyes344 and NutmeggeRN like this.
  7. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from asturnage1
    I must vent about a few issues but I'll also be receptive to any solutions because this is an on going problem in my facility. I'm heart broken watching good nurses & nurses assistants being fired because of a complaint before a proper investigation is done. One person was accused of abuse & after investigation from dcfs there were no findings against the accused. The employee was never reinstated. Today I learned of another case where a patient accused an employee of being rude. The employee was taken off the schedule before the incident was discussed with the employee. After learning the situation, it's been found that the employee walked away from a patient that was being verbally abusive. Yes, she notified her immediate supv. The situation was defused & documented. What rights do we really have in our facilities? Especially if actions are being taken before a thorough investigation is completed.....urgggggg that felt good

    Without a Union...None.
    Sisyphus, wooh, GrnTea, and 2 others like this.
  8. Visit  NutmeggeRN profile page
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    Oh yes..the end of the year is near and we ALL are feeling it!!!! Vent a way!!!!! I am in HS and I saw 43 kids yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is some senioritis, endofyearitis and allergies and I think also a stomach bug.....

    And today is Senior skip day which means that those seniors who parents would not call them in will allow them to be dismissed....along with the parents of juniorswhowannabeseniors...

    funny thing is we are expecting rain all day .....hehe!

    That said, I am glad my building is here and my kids are safe and far away from the devastaion in OK
    browneyes344, Tina, RN, RNinLDRP620, and 2 others like this.
  9. Visit  Flare profile page
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    May I add to that list:
    There is nothing I can do for seasonal allergies...i know the kids are congested and coughing, I know their throats are a bit sore and their eyes are red from the pollen count. I smile sympathetically, advise them to drink more water, ask if they take anything for allergies and send them on their way. I cannot administer any Zyrtec, and I'm not sending them home for the sniffles. How annoyed would you be if your kid's school nurse called you away from work to pick up your own child for the same symptoms?
    Nurse_Diane, wooh, browneyes344, and 7 others like this.
  10. Visit  OldDude profile page
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    One more...."I don't send a note telling you to work on math with this kid - you don't send me a note telling me to give the kid an ice-pack."
    Nurse ABC, wooh, browneyes344, and 7 others like this.
  11. Visit  LisaLPN7 profile page
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    I feel your vents. I have worked as a School Nurse in a middle school since January. Today is my last day, thank God!!! I have hated every hour spent at this job, and will NEVER work as a school nurse again. I will dig ditches or work at McDonald's first. I don't know how y'all do it, but I have gone home mentally exhausted every day from this place. Too many whiny, lying kids. Too many parents who don't care when their kid is genuinely sick. Too many teachers who send me kids for stupid reasons: holes in pants, hiccups, sore new earring piercings, 5th graders crying for Mommy, and kids who think they might throw up. Good riddance!!!
    Tina, RN, browneyes344, autumnmom, and 1 other like this.
  12. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Quote from RN_2012
    Then we have the RN mom, me who has kept her kids out but has run out of parent notes. I am not taking them to the doctor for every stomach virus, or URI they have that I am capable of handling as a nurse myself...so truant charges might happen if I try to keep them home without a waste trip to the doctor for a freakin virus. Screw it, next year they might do home school online since my parental judgement means **** to the school system.
    Yes!!!!! And might I add to the teachers, see #2

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  13. Visit  Cackalacky profile page
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    hahaha! I thought it was just me who had teachers who send me students for nonsense. OR Teachers who want me to "check out a student," then refuses to let them go back to class and tells me that I have to call their parents to send them home --- That rubber stamp of approval to send home I guess.
    The faculty in general are nice though, and I think it's just misunderstanding the medical field.
    browneyes344 likes this.
  14. Visit  Tina, RN profile page
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    Vent away!! I am absolutely feeling the "end of the school year mania". I need summer to come ASAP...

    I'd also like to add to the list: If a child is passing gas and stinking up your classroom, there isn't much I can do. I'll ask if they'd like to use my bathroom, but otherwise, it's just biology! Imagine a third grade boy coming into my office with a huge grin on his face, saying: "I can't stop farting!". And, yes, the teacher actually sent him to me to "cure". I asked her if she happened to have a cork.
    KelRN215, MotherRN, uRNmyway, and 8 others like this.


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