OK, maybe I'm just getting cranky in my old age, but I've become quite annoyed at the disrespectful actions of a few.
My office has 2 doors, and at times staff uses it as a "short cut" - but, that's a practice I've been trying to stop. First, the privacy issue: students shouldn't have to be assessed in front of staff bustling in & out . Sometimes there are contagiously ill kids, awaiting pick up. BUT the latest kicker was this:
A guardian (grandparent) brought in meds for his grandsons. He is disabled & walks with the aid of a rolling walker. He & I were standing face to face, in MY office when a teacher pushed through between us! As if that weren't bad enough, she came back through us, running out of MY office in the other direction!
That was my last straw. I placed a notice on the extraneous door stating "please use other door" and I keep it closed at all times now. Of course, this means I have to ignore the pounding on the closed door, presumably by illiterates....
Now today, a child (sweet kid but frequent flyer) came straight in from the bus, saying she threw up on the bus, but "swallowed it". No odor of vomit. color good - so I told her to go to class, take off her coat & get settled in for the day.
She wasn't gone 15 seconds before her teacher marched her back in & demanded I take her temp. I let the teacher know I had sent the kid to class and the teacher interrupted & said to take her temp & if there's no fever, to send her to class.
Naturally she was afrebrile. Later in the day, I actually spoke up and let the teacher know (privately) that I didn't appreciate her questioning my nursing judgement, especially in front of the child. She looked at me blankly and said, "butshe said you didn't take her temp!"
Well, a temporal thermometer isn't all that reliable straight off the bus on a sub-zero day, but the bottom line is that if i felt it medically necessary to obtain her temp ASAP, I would've done so. Besides, this kid has "unseen emesis" on a regular basis.
I told the teacher that insisting that I check the kid's temp after I already sent her to class is a lot like a teacher correcting a child's paperwork, only to have the child go to another classroom teacher & have THEM check it, because the first teacher might be wrong.
Whew! Glad there's only 13.5 more weeks of school left....but who (besides ME? ) is counting....