Staff Hysteria - page 3

I'm a school nurse and I'm going crazy! I feel as if some kind of mass hysteria has settled over this school, and it's not the kids. It's the staff! I'd like to hear some thoughts about one of my... Read More

  1. by   MrsNurse08
    So school nurses really don't have much support from administration...this situation is so dangerous for the teacher and the students smh
  2. by   Jedrnurse
    What does it say on her IEP...?
  3. by   Orca
    Quote from Ashizzle
    The director insisted that there's nothing we can do, and we must accommodate her or she could "sue us."
    That is complete garbage. You were hired to care for the students, not the staff. I am in a similar situation, working in corrections. We care for the inmates, but provide only emergency care and occasionally education for the staff. We are not legally responsible for what happens to staff medically.
  4. by   chacha82
    Time to get real with Becky. I'd say "Gosh, this condition seems complicated and I think you need a higher level of care than what I can provide for you." I worked in schools for several years and I think it's unreasonable to treat you like her family MD, especially when she's on the job! Is there a way to meet with your admin and discuss the situation (in an anonymous way of course). The nurse-patient relationship is NOT for the staff at your school! She's noncompliant and time for that to be a problem for urgent care or the emergency room. Not to mention it is wrong for her to put her students in this situation.

    My experience with admin is when you present a scenario and say "liability, unsafe, etc" their ears prick up. On the sinister side: is there any part of you that thinks maybe she enjoys this attention?
  5. by   SchoolNurseTXstyle
    Just WOW!!!! I really believe that if "Becky" ever does leave your school, she will probably come work at mine and fit in just fine.

    I find teachers get younger, needier, more attention seeking, entitled every year, I have so many that cannot even clean a simple scratch and apply a band-aid. Can you do it for me??? No, you are a grown person - do it yourself!!

    Not sure I can offer any advice other than what the rest of our awesome peers have stated.

    So sorry you are dealing with this. It takes a toll on you as the only medical person in the building. Good luck!!
  6. by   canoehead
    I also am not a school nurse, but perhaps a care plan could be negotiated. If she feels unwell, she is not safe or appropriate to stay at the school. She can call for a ride home, and then come to the nurses' office for privacy while she waits for her ride. If she cant find a ride, call 911. But she cant stay at the school for care. (The school and the nursing department are not "covered" for that type of care is what I would say.) I'd set a maximum time that she could rest in the nurses' office as well, so you can become available to see kids.
  7. by   TriciaJ
    I think no less than the full meal deal is warranted for her serious medical problem. Next time she shows up "feeling like she's going to have a seizure" she needs to have the football helmet placed on her head, lie down on the cot with her special side rails up, have her designated staff "buddy" of the day summoned to sit with her until EMS arrives.

    Once her special "seizure safety protocol" is in place, you go about your business attending to the students. Her special buddies are going to get sick of the frequent disruptions, she'll start getting bills from EMS and the whole thing will start to get old.

    Here's another thought: does she drive? If she has a poorly controlled seizure disorder, the DMV really needs to be notified.
  8. by   scuba nurse
    WOW, she needs a psychiatrist, she is craaazzzzyyyyy!!!!

    I agree with the others, what does your principal say? Surely she must get a lot of complaints from students, teachers and parents...Also, I would call HR and let them know, this is NOT your job. I can't believe that your nursing supervisor is not supporting you on this. Because what will happen when a student is injured and you are not available because of taking care of fake Becky, and the parents sue?? You can spin this many other ways. Good luck!
  9. by   OldDude
    Quote from canoehead
    ... I'd set a maximum time that she could rest in the nurses' office as well, so you can become available to see kids.
    ...with her football helmet on
  10. by   Daisy Joyce
    The poor kiddos having to watch this...
    Are they in the room when she gets her diastat?
  11. by   jenn.jenn3
    Quote from chacha82
    Time to get real with Becky. I'd say "Gosh, this condition seems complicated and I think you need a higher level of care than what I can provide for you." I worked in schools for several years and I think it's unreasonable to treat you like her family MD, especially when she's on the job! Is there a way to meet with your admin and discuss the situation (in an anonymous way of course). The nurse-patient relationship is NOT for the staff at your school! She's noncompliant and time for that to be a problem for urgent care or the emergency room. Not to mention it is wrong for her to put her students in this situation.

    My experience with admin is when you present a scenario and say "liability, unsafe, etc" their ears prick up. On the sinister side: is there any part of you that thinks maybe she enjoys this attention?
    This sounds like a grate idea, call an ambulance next time so they take her to the emergency room. You tell her that she needs a higher level of care because her seizures seem to be out of control or getting worse and you don't want anything bad happening to her at school. But Jesus, she needs to take responsibility for her own health immediately. or maybe she just loves the attention.
  12. by   grammy1
    Quote from SchoolNurseTXstyle

    I find teachers get younger, needier, more attention seeking, entitled every year, I have so many that cannot even clean a simple scratch and apply a band-aid. Can you do it for me??? No, you are a grown person - do it yourself!!
    Yes, this!^
  13. by   WineRN
    Quote from chacha82

    My experience with admin is when you present a scenario and say "liability, unsafe, etc" their ears prick up. On the sinister side: is there any part of you that thinks maybe she enjoys this attention?
    I think using the above phrases is a great idea.

    Keep us posted on how things go!

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