school stock meds given, do you notify?

  1. We have school stock meds at our school K-8 (only 141 students in all). Do you always notify parents when you give something, via note home, email or call? Or only for the littles (this is what I have been doing)? I have some bigger kids that are coming frequently for ibuprofen/tylenol.
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  3. by   JenTheSchoolRN
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    We have school stock meds at our school K-8 (only 141 students in all). Do you always notify parents when you give something, via note home, email or call? Or only for the littles (this is what I have been doing)? I have some bigger kids that are coming frequently for ibuprofen/tylenol.
    I don't typically, especially if it an occasional thing and parent has signed off it. But if I did see a frequent trend, I'll call to let a parent know I've been seeing their child a lot in my office. I may also call if medication was given in response to known injury.
  4. by   OldDude
    Sometimes
  5. by   dakotadenise
    I don't keep stock meds, but if I did, I'd treat them the same way I do the PRN meds parents have brought in for me to give. Kid comes in one day, asks for his tylenol because he has a headache - I don't notify. I figure that is why the parent brought it in - for me to be able to take care of their kids. Now if same kid comes in three days in a row with a headache, I'll call and give a heads up/see if anything is going on.
  6. by   AdobeRN
    We do not have stock meds - parents must supply all meds....yes, I will send a quick email to parents if I had administered any tylenol or motrin. I will do the same for any inhalers/neb treatments if they are needed outside of the normal use ( most of my kids have exercise induced issues).
  7. by   aprilmoss
    We don't have stock meds either. Any PRN stuff gets a message to the parent. Stuff regularly prescribed doesn't.
  8. by   Windchaser22
    I don't keep stock OTC's either. For parents who supply OTC's I do call to see if the child has taken anything like ibuprophen at home if it is before lunch or if I'm giving it after lunch so that they know when the child can have more. I don't call if it's for things like visine allergy or saline nose spray.
  9. by   ohiobobcat
    We do have stock meds. I can give them with signed permission from a parent/guardian. I do not call with every administration, although I will call if I am seeing a trend of a student coming to see me every day for the same complaint for more than 3 or 4 days.
  10. by   NutmeggeRN
    Depends. If it seems like a pattern or something else is going on, I may give a shout or a quick email, just to keep them in the loop.
  11. by   ctate
    What I have for standing orders for I don't generally call. There are the cases where I treat for a couple of weeks without seeing improvement and then call.

    As far as OTC pain medications, I will call if there is no history of migraines or headaches. I am at a high school and most of the time if I tell the student to tell mom, they will. Some will want me to call, because mom may not believe them.
  12. by   Amethya
    I'm not allowed to give any medication without a doctor's order (Medical Aide, not RN). Once I get it, I just give it when they need it and informed their parents they took it because of whatever reason. Unless it's a prescribed medication, I don't notify, I just put it in my logs if the parent calls me to ask if their child took their medication or not.
  13. by   scuba nurse
    We have stock meds and we have a form that parents sign that says their child may receive the meds (check off list) if needed. there is space on there that say "please notify me if you give my child a med". If it is checked then I notify, either by phone or note, depending on the kid. Also, if someone is coming everyday for something, I call.
  14. by   SaltineQueen
    I usually only notify for meds I give in the afternoon, thinking that if the kid still complains of a headache when they see mom or dad I don't want them giving tylenol at 4:00 if I just gave it at 1:30.

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