One of those days......

  1. Hello my fellow school nurses Today a parent got mad because her 6th grade child came to my office c/o a stomach ache in which she went to the restroom in the office x4 with diarrhea student asked me to call her parents she will like to go home spoke with dad told him the situation and also let him speak with her I could hear her pleading with dad stating she is not lying this time her stomach really hurts let me remind you this child used the restroom 4 times in which her stool was loose because I saw it and I also had to clean the restroom up about 2 hours later both parents showed up to pick child up but was drilling her asking questions like did the nurse take your temp in which I didn't I was sending her home d/t having diarrhea in other words the parents didn't want to come get her anyway I guess they wanted me to send her back to class feeling miserable not get over it parents she's going home because having diarrhea is one of the school's protocol or reason to send student home ok done ranting new to this school nurse thing didn't know parents of children can be worst than dealing with family members in a nursing home or hospital
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Double-Helix
    Is this the first time the child had been sent home with GI or other symptoms? I wonder if she might have something going on like IBS or Crohn's. With chronic but often non-specific symptoms like pain, nausea and diarrhea (parents may not be checking her stools) could be making the parents think she is faking. Or maybe she does have a history of trying to get out of things. I hope she gets further evaluation, though, if she needs it.
  4. by   mrsfoster601
    Yeah this is her first time coming to see me but it doesn't matter if she has been faking in the past I sent her home off of the assessment I did by having diahrrea the child couldn't stay off the toilet and that's what I told her parents
  5. by   nursetlm
    You are fine. I also get frustrated with the parents who ask "but does he have a fever?" when called to pick up for vomiting, diarrhea, GI stuff. Like they always go together. I had a parent tell me once that her daughter has been "attention seeking from birth" and "can make herself have a fever." This was when she was ill in my office and had a temp of 103.8.
  6. by   MrNurse(x2)
    Quote from nursetlm
    You are fine. I also get frustrated with the parents who ask "but does he have a fever?" when called to pick up for vomiting, diarrhea, GI stuff. Like they always go together. I had a parent tell me once that her daughter has been "attention seeking from birth" and "can make herself have a fever." This was when she was ill in my office and had a temp of 103.8.

    That is awesome bioregulation/ biofeedback.
  7. by   Flare
    Parents can by far be the most challenging part of the job. Give me your random medical emergencies any day over the parent that just doesn't want to parent.
  8. by   BeckyESRN
    This morning I had a 4th grader get off of the bus and vomit. She came to my office and threw up again. I called mom. Mom says "Ugh, she threw up once this morning, but I thought she'd at least make it until 10 so I could get some sleep" So, yeah, parents are the worst when they don't want to parent!
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from BeckyESRN
    This morning I had a 4th grader get off of the bus and vomit. She came to my office and threw up again. I called mom. Mom says "Ugh, she threw up once this morning, but I thought she'd at least make it until 10 so I could get some sleep" So, yeah, parents are the worst when they don't want to parent!
    Wow, how nice of that parent to expose the entire bus/school to a highly contagious G.I. bug.
  10. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    Wow, how nice of that parent to expose the entire bus/school to a highly contagious G.I. bug.
    And put what I can imagine was a clearly nauseous child (not the one and done variety vomiting) on what was likely a bumpy car ride.
  11. by   ana010
    If student has vomited or had diarrhea, I take a temp if parent requests. I explain a temp with a GI bug typically comes when person is mildly dehydrated, and your child is not there yet, but is contagious.

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