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In the same light as other threads here, I'd like to start a new one. Here goes: 1. Please don't tell your 5th grade child to come to the nurse if you don't feel good, and you'll come get them. ... Read More

  1. Visit  Supernrse01 profile page
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    I'm in...

    1. It is not necessary for your student to come to the clinic on a strict schedule to receive a breathing treatment/inhaler when she doesn't need it, especially when she "NEVER" uses it at home. Let's save the medication for it's intended purpose.

    2. I'm from around here. I know how long it takes to drive a car from point A to point B, even when there is traffic and road construction. It should not have taken you an hour and a half to get to school to pick up your student, who I'm quite certain has a concussion.

    3. Something like a diagnosis of cerebal palsy or serious eye issues is something that the school should be made aware of. My crystal ball's reception is not that great.

    4. Yes it is absolutely necessary for you to completely fill out the medication release form. I'm not going to guess how much medication your child needs, or how often I am supposed to give it. I'm sure if I mess up, you won't hesitate to completely fill out the Lawyer's forms.
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  2. Visit  JaeDee profile page
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    [quote=Supernrse01;5867261]I'm in...

    My crystal ball's reception is not that great.

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    I like to say "I'm psychotic, not psychic".
  3. Visit  Kim O'Therapy profile page
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    Of course, it is sad how many parents will not listen to any of this because they want us to wear the parent hat. Kids hand-delivering meds boils my blood every time, but cannot think of anything else to stop it.
  4. Visit  Kim O'Therapy profile page
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    Please do not send your child to the clinic because "my mom said I NEED my inhaler". Inhaler/Neb tx are not given out like candy. If there is no wheezing or poor oxygen saturation, he/she is going back to class. If YOU still feel like you child "needs" it, have the doctor send me a fax or you come give it yourself.
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  5. Visit  Kim O'Therapy profile page
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    Yes, you do have to fill out a new emergency card and medication form AGAIN. I know you did one last year, but it has to be renewed every school-year. I know it can be a pain, but you decided to have children, so take the responsibility that comes with it.
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  6. Visit  damrcngrl95 profile page
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    Quote from Kim O'Therapy
    Please do not send your child to the clinic because "my mom said I NEED my inhaler". Inhaler/Neb tx are not given out like candy. If there is no wheezing or poor oxygen saturation, he/she is going back to class. If YOU still feel like you child "needs" it, have the doctor send me a fax or you come give it yourself.
    I do agree that if a child just comes in and says his/her mom says she needs her inhaler that that is not a good reason. I would be questioning if they are having a problem breathing right now. I am an asthmatic and I don't wheeze or usually have very low saturation. I went into my allergy doctor's office with dizziness and feeling short of breath. I was not wheezing and my saturation was about a 96. He did a PFT and it came out as 29% which is very low. After a breathing treatment it went up to the 70's. I felt so much better as I always do after a breathing treatment.
    I guess with my history I would not want someone withholding my inhaler from me if I asked for it. I know children can make up excuses. If you feel they are abusing their inhaler then call their mom and see if she won't take their child to the doctor.

    If I misunderstood your intent then I will apologize now.
  7. Visit  Flare profile page
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    typically, if a student tells me they need their inhaler, i will allow it. I figure they would know before I would. I do however, take the opportunity to discuss with them the "perils of unnecessary albuterol use" (i type it like that because i want to make an educational vidoe of the same name!!)
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  8. Visit  Kim O'Therapy profile page
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    Quote from damrcngrl95
    I do agree that if a child just comes in and says his/her mom says she needs her inhaler that that is not a good reason. I would be questioning if they are having a problem breathing right now. I am an asthmatic and I don't wheeze or usually have very low saturation. I went into my allergy doctor's office with dizziness and feeling short of breath. I was not wheezing and my saturation was about a 96. He did a PFT and it came out as 29% which is very low. After a breathing treatment it went up to the 70's. I felt so much better as I always do after a breathing treatment.
    I guess with my history I would not want someone withholding my inhaler from me if I asked for it. I know children can make up excuses. If you feel they are abusing their inhaler then call their mom and see if she won't take their child to the doctor.

    If I misunderstood your intent then I will apologize now.
    I have asthma too. I'm talking about the kids that come running down the hall into the clinic just to tell me that "mom says I need to take my inhaler twice a day in the clinic". How do feel now? Fine, but she says I need it.

    I also had a child coming into the clinic several times a day for albuterol neb tx. I called his mother and advised that his asthma medications may need changed because he is needing tx too frequently. Maybe his asthma is not being controlled correctly? She made an appt with the doc and called me a few days later to tell me that her son had been on the wrong medication and now that it was changed, he was doing much better. He has only had to come in once since then.

    Maybe I came across harshly (as I do when venting), but I would never throw a child to the wolves in that manner.
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    Quote from Kim O'Therapy
    I have asthma too. I'm talking about the kids that come running down the hall into the clinic just to tell me that "mom says I need to take my inhaler twice a day in the clinic". How do feel now? Fine, but she says I need it.

    I also had a child coming into the clinic several times a day for albuterol neb tx. I called his mother and advised that his asthma medications may need changed because he is needing tx too frequently. Maybe his asthma is not being controlled correctly? She made an appt with the doc and called me a few days later to tell me that her son had been on the wrong medication and now that it was changed, he was doing much better. He has only had to come in once since then.

    Maybe I came across harshly (as I do when venting), but I would never throw a child to the wolves in that manner.
    Sometimes it is hard to read someone's intent. I'm sure that you won't throw a child to the wolves. I have just had some well meaning people not take my asthma attack seriously because I wasn't wheezing. I'm sure you can relate.
  10. Visit  mc3 profile page
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    Quote from Kim O'Therapy
    Of course, it is sad how many parents will not listen to any of this because they want us to wear the parent hat. Kids hand-delivering meds boils my blood every time, but cannot think of anything else to stop it.
    I take it from the child and keep it in the locked cabinet. I then 1) call the parent and review policy and tell them they must pick up today 2) after they ignore me the first time, I call again and tell them school policy is medications will be destroyed if not picked up in 7 days. When 7 days are up, oh well! I had a parent leave an Epipen in the clinic for 1 1/2 months after school was out for the summer. I sent 2 notices home , then called the ones who still didn't pick up. Each one received a call from me at least twice, saying I would dispose of med by end of school year, per school policy. Guess what? Epipen was destroyed, and parent came looking for it in July. I'm sorry you were not able to pick the medication up, and yes I know it's expensive, but I' notified you at least twice in writing followed by phone calls. Geesh!
    mc3
  11. Visit  mc3 profile page
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    Oh, and I had a mother this year call me and ask me to listen to her son's lungs before I gave his PRN inhaler because he tended to "use it too much when he didn't need to and got a buzz". Her words, not mine. If someone is asking for their inhaler but shows absolutely no signs of difficulty i.e. running down the hall, chatting a mile a minute in the clinic, 0 signs respiratory distress I have to at least question what's going on. I won't just give it blindly without a quick assessment unless it's an emergency.
    OK enough of that for now!
    mc3
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