I am the new nurse in a school that had 1 nurse for several years. It's a small community and they don't like change so myself and the prinicpal are trying to make the changes that we need to make slowly and not hurt so badly. It's not easy.
1st parents have "always" sent in OTC meds with their kids and a note on how/when to give and the old nurse did it without question. This is against the law in my state so the principal and I are sending home a letter with the requirements by state law and hopefully we won't get too much flack.
2nd the school has been providing cough drops for years to the kids (these are elementary school kids). We were thinking rather than just say no more we might give out sugar free sorbee candies or something similar for those with a sore throat if they request a cough drop. Has anyone ever done this? My hope is that the younger kids wont ask and therefore won't know we have them and we can phase this whole thing out over the next few years.
Does anyone have any advice for coming into an environment like this. I know there will be more things that come up. I don't want to be "the bad guy" but I do want to follow state law and do what's necessary to do so.
thanks for any ideas and or encouragement.