I'm new to the whole school nurse substitute position, I am aslo a new registered nurse. I had a child with an eye that seemed irritated in a way. I called home to ask if this child has had any symtoms of pink eye. The mother states she hasn't seen any other signs, it's just irritated. I informed her to get it checked out to see if it is pink eye or not. She said he should be fine but she will check it out later. The child is kindergarden age. The child has also stated that his eye doesn't itch or bother him. Should I send him back to class? Or send him straight home?
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In our area we have alot of kids allergic/senistive to every tree/pollen/grass - so sometimes it is just due to allergies.
I had a terrible time with my son's school when he was five. Multiple calls home for pink eye. First two times, his eye was nearly clear by the time I went to pick him up. In our rural area, there is not actually a school nurse; staff from the health dept are called as needed & do screenings.
The third time I refused to pick him up but went into eat lunch with him & see for myself. I showed up about the same time as the HD nurse who had been called because I would not pick him up. Finally had them put in his file allergies causing red eyes & stop calling every week for "pink eye"!
PS- Yes it can be a problem, but sometimes you have to listen to the parent & assess over time.
Last edit by nu rn on Feb 5, '14
Those are great quick references!
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