According to NASN recommendations we should have 13 school nurses for our district. We have 7. We are currently looking for another one but they will only hire a .6 and the new nurse will only cover one school.
I do have a health aide at each school and they are great at passing the meds, taking temperatures and doing the basic first aid stuff. But one of my health aides is fairly new and she calls me A LOT. The other one has been doing this for 13 years and rarely needs to ask me a question. She is hoping to switch schools
next year so I'll have another new health aide.
I get constant interruptions from staff and parents all day long. I have some parents who I see practically every morning after they drop off their child. They come into my office to update me about what is going on with their little hypochondriac that day. It is exhausting and I know I will be dealing with these families for YEARS until they move onto high school.
Gosh, I'm sorry if I'm coming off as super negative. I'm just exhausted and the thought of doing this all again next year is really getting me down. Thanks for letting me vent.