Quote from gottalovenursing
So, I went today and met with the current school nurse... lets just say I'm not sure I'll ever go back there again! She made this place look like the last place any nurse will like to work. She tells me she can't wait to get out of there because of the high risk environment.
She was hired to work for one school and since there are two schools in that buiding she also cares for the children in the other school as well. These are schools for children with PDD.
She tells me that they are constantly trying to get meds from her without a doctors order and that they keep saying they wont make her liable for it.
She said that kids a violent. Also that she has narcotics for some of the children and this is not under lock and key its just lying there in the cabinet which anyone can basically access. There are barely any doctors orders for the meds... and so on.
I don't know, I still have not been offered the position or anything, but this is really scary, I am a new grad with no paid RN experience, don't think this is the place for me. It would be totally different if the school was of children without PDD.
I understand that this may not be the place for you, but it appears as if there are things she could be doing about the situation that she is not addressing. IF "narcotics are not locked up", WHY has she not had this fixed? I had to do it for my office, and all it took was a padlock, for Gods sake! If there are no med orders, and they are required by the state, perhaps she needs to call physicians for them. Otherwise, of course there will be tremendous liability! They may demand meds without an order all they want, but that doesn't mean that a nurse has to give them. I have, at my school, needed to send memos on this issues many times.
However, not knowing how many students, though you state 2 schools, and the complexities of care for them, perhaps there is more to this issue for you? If there are huge numbers of students with complex cares, it may not be a wise move for a new grad to take this on.