Staff's children

  1. Just a quick questions, but what is exactly your protocol if you have a staff member's child in your clinic? Especially if it's a incident involving another child? I document, make the child fill out a incident report, inform my AP via email and then I call the parent, not giving too much detail but mainly explain to the parent that I did a health check up for the incident and blah blah, anything pertaining to the incident can be talked to with the AP. And that's all I say, but for the staff? What do you guys do?
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   kidzcare
    I have never had an incident with a staff member's child involving another student (ie: a fight/altercation).

    When I've had a staff member's kid come in, I treat them as any other and then let the parent know (even if it's not a case I would call home on) as a courtesy. All of the staff member's kids that I've had have been infrequent visitors. I don't know what I'd do if I had a frequent flier who was a coworkers child.
  4. by   WineRN
    In regards to staff children, I treat them like any others with the exception that I do email the parent even if I normally wouldn't make contact because I feel like that's polite.
    I'm only involved in disciplinary incidents when there is a significant medical side effect (example: Bobby hit joe and Joe has a red mark=no nurse visit, Bobby hit Joe and joe's tooth came out=Nurse visit). I then report my findings and the person writing the report makes the call. When I was trained they explained this way the parent only gets one call with all of the information instead of 2 to 3 calls with multiple pieces to the puzzle. If it was a staff member's child that was hurt by another student, I have a strong feeling they would already know before the student made it to my office, but I would still try to reach out in person or via email.
  5. by   Jen-Elizabeth
    I don't have any child fill out an incident report; our Dean of students handles that and all discipline. In fact, it is usually him bringing the student down for an injury check, getting my report prior to calling the parent on his end. If I need to call first, I call and stick to medical facts, stating the incident is being investigated by our Dean and he will be contacting you shortly regarding that end.

    I would do it same way, staff child or non staff child.
  6. by   SullyRN
    I've never had a staff members child in my office for an incident involving another student. But with any other kid I have the teacher call. I fill out my assessment on the accident report so the teacher knows what to tell the parent when they say they've been checked by the nurse. If it is a really bad altercation the AP will call.

    When a staff kid comes in for a regular visit I will give the parent a courtesy email just as a heads up.

    Sometimes this gets abused. Like on Monday a staff kid came in and said mom told him to come lay down because his head was hurting really bad. He had just came in from recess, was sweating from playing so hard. I wanted to tell him what I would tell all my other math avoiders "If you were feeling fine for recess, you can sit and rest in class." But I let him lay there for a few minutes until he was ready to return to class.
  7. by   ruby_jane
    There's a little extra professional courtesy if a staff kid visits. Usually I never regret it. It rarely causes me extra work. We're a big district and there was an administrator across town whose little darling came frequently. She would pick up little darling often, but at least she picked up the phone when I called (and told her people when the HS nurse called that they were to FIND her IMMEDIATELY).

    Discipline is something I never discuss because I don't have the full picture. I only talk about the treatment for their kid, and refer to the AP for the rest.
  8. by   Supernrse01
    I treat them the same as I would any other child. If a phone call is necessary then I make it. If not, well, you get the picture
  9. by   tamarae1
    Same as everyone else, but getting in touch with parents is usually a whole lot easier - I don't have to wonder if they will answer their phone. I know where to find them!
  10. by   NurseBeans
    I try to treat the staff kids the same as all the other kids--and ask my kids' teachers and admin to do the same! I get my own kid sometimes because he thinks coming to mommy/the nurse is the escape hatch for disciplinary concerns. Not so!

    For kids of staff in other district schools, I do tend to communicate more with texts from my personal cell phone. For many of the teaching staff it is easier to communicate that way, and I have gotten many thanks for that. I don't text other students' parents. Don't really want my number out there like that
  11. by   Amethya
    So I'm suppose to treat them like normal parents, so I just call their house number, leave the message and then call their extensions to tell them what's going on, since it's technically a work number.
  12. by   kidzcare
    Quote from Amethya
    So I'm suppose to treat them like normal parents, so I just call their house number, leave the message and then call their extensions to tell them what's going on, since it's technically a work number.
    I would call their work extension since that is where you know they are. If it is a routine FYI phone call, just do it when you know they are available or send an email. If it is an emergency, have someone summon them from the classroom
  13. by   BethG73
    Quote from Amethya
    So I'm suppose to treat them like normal parents, so I just call their house number, leave the message and then call their extensions to tell them what's going on, since it's technically a work number.
    I don't know that you're "supposed" to. I do it out of professional courtesy, as others have said. Unless it's urgent, I don't call them during the day - especially if they're a teacher. I usually email & just say, "Hey...head's up..." I don't discuss discipline issues with ANY parent. Not my circus, not my monkeys. I may say something along the lines of, "The principal may be calling you to discuss the situation in more detail..."
  14. by   Blue_Moon
    Never had dicipline issues but I'd just do what you did. I never get involved in any dicipline issues other than to ensure someone's health status.

    Anytime I see a staff's child I notify their mom whenever I just happen to run into them during the day sometime. If I don't run into them I don't worry about it unless it's something major like a head injury. The only time I'd call is if they needed to go home or their child refused to go back to class without seeing mom first (and yes that's happened.)

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