Quote from momto5RN
I have to vent real quick. Here I am on a Friday at 4:00 still at work when school got out a half hour ago. A teacher that I am close with told me how the 7th grade teacher was complaining about me because I wasn't up in her classroom to escort the student with the knee injury on crutches (see other post) down the stairs exactly at 3:15. Excuse me but that was not the time I said I would be up there, I was currently writing up an accident report on an injured preschooler (my school is prek-8th) and I have basically been running around all day or on the phone with parents.
No lunch, no twenty potty breaks (the teachers all use my bathroom) and I had to skip a pumping session because I was babysitting an autistic student acting up in class. So now on a Friday when I want to be going home to my five babies, I'm sitting in my closet pumping and then documenting everything from today because I'm behind on a lot of documenting because the teachers send me every bruise and runny nose under the sun!
And I know nurses stay late often, I always did at my other nursing job and here as well. But don't you dare talk about me behind my back when I go completely out of my way for everyone here. Sorry for the vent, I had to get it out. It's something with the middle school teachers lately. The 8th grade teacher complained last week because I have to pump for my four month old. You bet I printed out articles about the right to pump at work!
I'm sorry you've had a rough time. We all need to vent sometimes. However, I see it from both sides. I was a teacher for many years.
Just to caution you though: Just because you're "close" to someone doesn't mean that they aren't misrepresenting other people to you. Unless you hear it from the source in question, I'd take it with a grain of salt.
Teachers are stressed out just like you are. Teachers are not always in the know as to what constitutes a medical problem, et cetera. Some likely just want problem kids out of their hair and are willing to cling on to anything for a break, so you're the unwitting victim of their desperation. The school administration and their lack of support is largely to blame for most of your woes (and theirs).
Plenty of teachers also wind up staying way past time to do their own work. Lots of them wind up taking their work home. They aren't compensated for it. They also have families. They are also on the phone with parents, can't use the bathroom when they like, and have to document every bit of foolishness that comes along.
I have found that there is no difference in my bathroom habits as a nurse and as a teacher. I have found that there is no difference in the number of annoying phone calls I must engage in. I have found that I have to stay late sometimes as a nurse, except I now get paid for that time whereas I didn't before. I still must document everything to cover my @**. There is still stress. There is still pettiness. The only difference is my work doesn't go home with me now.
ETA: I'm not trying to attack you. My district didn't even get school nurses until after I left- and only the elementary schools and the school for teen mothers has them even now. We actually had to go through in services where some of us were trained in how to deal with basic first aid. I had to get CPR training in order for my team to even go on field trips. I was the one that dispensed meds to the students on my team. There was never a school nurse for me to ever send students to.