Stupid teachers/principals (vent)!!! - page 2

by Nurse ABC 3,721 Views | 18 Comments

I'm so frustrated and upset right now! Lunchtime was busy and crazy as usual and I heard one of the office staff say I'm grabbing a bag of ice for a student as she reached in the freezer and took one. I figured it was probably... Read More


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    Modern parents are GOOFY! I always went to the school RN, if I was sick, honestly, about once a year. If I would have been a cry/whiny baby in school, my RN mom would have had a talk with me. In my school, the Nurse was the one to make medical judgements, the school and teachers wanted to avoid those issues.
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    Quote from Jolie
    jenhenRN,

    You are quite charitable in your opinion of the principal compared to my thoughts Sounds to me like he knows that he and the teacher both screwed up by downpaying the child's injury, which Nurse ABC quickly and accurately assessed. I think he is now trying to gain some capital by appearing terribly concerned to the child's parents and healthcare providers. It saddens me to type this, but I even wonder if he plans to indicate to them that he thought that Nurse ABC should have called them sooner.....I hope I'm wrong.

    I don't think that his behavior indicates a management type so much as a character defect.

    I think your spot on. Poor kid.
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    (Am not familiar with school nsg, politics & protocol therein, but is an incident such as a fracture on school time/property a "sentinel' event", one that is reportable to the State and/or local school board/district and Risk Mgt??? In LTC, our Admin has to report fractures to our state Dept of Heath within 48 (72?) hours with our investigation results. I know that whenever there's an issue of a diagnosed fracture (of witnessed or unknown origin), I am on the phone with my DON so there's no surprise for Admin. And my paperwork is as thorough as poss) They do all the rest. So, is this now a liability issue of the teacher practicing outside the scope of her job description (and practicing nsg without a license?), which caused a delay of diagnosis and treatment? In today's dial 1-800-LAWYER society, the principal may be trying to get info quickly (to CYA) and go up the chain of command with a schmoozing sense of concern for family). Just playing Devil's Advocate because there's been some mishandling of the situation IMHO and.
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    I agree with those that say the principal was trying to cover his/her butt.
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    Update: Student did break arm and is out the rest of the year because -get this-if his arm is twisted a certain way it could dislocate and he would require surgery. He's in a cast but I just cringe when I think of the serious damage they almost did to him. At least they feel really bad about the whole situation and hopefully learned this is why it's important to let the NURSE assess injuries but I won't hold my breath.
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    Poor kid Hoping for a speedy recovery.
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    Quote from Ashley, PICU RN
    I wonder if those teachers and principals are concerned about a parent filing a lawsuit (and the teacher being disciplined or losing their job) if the parents find out that their child was seriously injured while under the supervision of the school? Could that be the reason why they are hesitant to send children with more serious injuries? Because they know it will be documented and the parent will be called and informed about what happened?
    BINGO!!! You hit the nail on the head!!!,
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    Thank you for the update. Wonder what parents are thinking about?
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    Quote from amoLucia
    (Am not familiar with school nsg, politics & protocol therein, but is an incident such as a fracture on school time/property a "sentinel' event", one that is reportable to the State and/or local school board/district and Risk Mgt??? In LTC, our Admin has to report fractures to our state Dept of Heath within 48 (72?) hours with our investigation results. I know that whenever there's an issue of a diagnosed fracture (of witnessed or unknown origin), I am on the phone with my DON so there's no surprise for Admin. And my paperwork is as thorough as poss) They do all the rest. So, is this now a liability issue of the teacher practicing outside the scope of her job description (and practicing nsg without a license?), which caused a delay of diagnosis and treatment? In today's dial 1-800-LAWYER society, the principal may be trying to get info quickly (to CYA) and go up the chain of command with a schmoozing sense of concern for family). Just playing Devil's Advocate because there's been some mishandling of the situation IMHO and.
    We always do an accident report that goes to the admin office....if it is a biggie I call. Our superintendant likes to know when EMS comes so I usually pop off a quick email advising the hightlights of the situation, sometimes he gets to me first as the FD drives right by that bldg! To be honest, if every time a kid had a fracture in school ha to be reported tot he state, , the Dept of health would need to open a school nursing office!!! Very different populations, thus very different protocol.


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