Hi everyone. Im new here but not new to school nursing. I have been a school nurse for 4 years and I took a break and worked in another field. Well I am back school nursing but at a different school in the district I worked for previously. The teachers are very different here than my previous school and I have only been here a month so we are all getting to know each other. I need advice on the following things:
Where do the sick kids go when they are waiting for their parents to pick them up. (Here they stick them in my elementary office but I serve the middle and high school too and I get called frequently to go there. I have meds and other things that keep me out of my office and it isn't practical for them to stay in there unsupervised. They don't want them back in class and they will not let them sit by the office.) This is also the problem when we find headlice. (No live bug policy)
How do you handle injuries such as possible sprains/fractures. I do my nursing assessment
but the staff and parents here think I should have xray vision. So usually the child ends up going home due to me and the staff worried there is a fracture and we will get in legal trouble.
Ok last one... How do I handle teachers sending students for every minor thing. I do not mind putting on band aids and checking temps. But when I have diabetics needing insulin or an emergency across campus I should not have 4 kids in my office with old scrapes that happened over the weekend or my toe hurts. They can put on band aids and use a thermometer. I guess I am asking how to be nice going about this.
Right now I am just frustrated and kicking myself for ever leaving the first school I was at because I thought it was "rough" there.
Thank you OldDudeRN for the advice. I feel like I am very good at this job. I am very confident in my assessment skills but our admin. is all about keeping parents happy. We all know that is not going to happen.
Last edit by ABRN2012 on Nov 6
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