What happens when the nurse is sick? - page 3

Hey school nurses, I have a question. What happens when you are sick? Does the school just not have a nurse that day (but then who gives kids their meds)? Are there substitute school nurses? ... Read More

  1. by   Daisy Joyce
    I am a sub nurse.
    Direct hire for two districts. One rarely calls me, the other throws me lots of work and I have some good relationships with the full time staff.
    Also work for two different agencies that provide subs to districts.
    The one agency *always* contracted with various school districts and they send me lots of work.
    The other agency primary focus is home care, they started me out doing bus runs and field trips and one to one, but has begun to delve into some school nurse staffing. It's all feast or famine with them.
    Yes, my employers know about each other, but it's up to me to avoid conflicts bacaue they all have noncompete clauses.
    That said, I could work every day of the school year if I pleased, plus summer. The pay is WILDLY variable among the four, and I don't have benefits.
    i do have a permanent part time position outside of the school settings. That is my anchor job. I fit my school days around them.
  2. by   OldDude
    Quote from Daisy Joyce
    I am a sub nurse.
    Direct hire for two districts. One rarely calls me, the other throws me lots of work and I have some good relationships with the full time staff.
    Also work for two different agencies that provide subs to districts.
    The one agency *always* contracted with various school districts and they send me lots of work.
    The other agency primary focus is home care, they started me out doing bus runs and field trips and one to one, but has begun to delve into some school nurse staffing. It's all feast or famine with them.
    Yes, my employers know about each other, but it's up to me to avoid conflicts bacaue they all have noncompete clauses.
    That said, I could work every day of the school year if I pleased, plus summer. The pay is WILDLY variable among the four, and I don't have benefits.
    i do have a permanent part time position outside of the school settings. That is my anchor job. I fit my school days around them.
    Would subbing in south Texas be too far of a commute for you?
  3. by   lvnforschool
    No district nurse here, so No one to sub. The attendance clerk is my only backup. She will hand out meds/ ice packs when im not here.
  4. by   Jedrnurse
    Quote from OldDude
    I think this is in the majority.
    No disrespect, but as long as people are martyrs, the situation will remain unchanged...
  5. by   River Song, RN
    Quote from kidzcare
    Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!!
    Ha!
    Now that’s some truth!
    I’m in a district with over 125 schools and the list of subs has 5 names. I quickly realized that the nurse can’t be sick 😜
  6. by   OldDude
    Quote from Jedrnurse
    No disrespect, but as long as people are martyrs, the situation will remain unchanged...
    True that!!
  7. by   peacockblue
    Quote from Jedrnurse
    No disrespect, but as long as people are martyrs, the situation will remain unchanged...
    The problem is, the district doesn't really care. I'm not sure if things would change either way. I think the only way things would change is if something bad happened while the nurse wasn't there. I am one of the ones who are guilty of going in sick because I don't want to leave my kids alone.
  8. by   schoolnurse61
    This nurse goes to work sick! we have a few subs but they are retired nurses who travel, babysit grandkids, do fun retirement things so they are hard to get last minute. I have gone to work already w a 103 temp, laid on the cot all day and only got up to give meds and take care of the kids who came in sick or injured. Thank goodness it was a fairly slow day.
  9. by   Avill
    We cover for each other. For example, I am the first coverage for the nurse at XYZ school. When she is absent I do my meds and hers, and then come back to my building and am on call for her school and vice versa.
  10. by   MinnesotaBeagle
    Quote from schoolnurse61
    This nurse goes to work sick! we have a few subs but they are retired nurses who travel, babysit grandkids, do fun retirement things so they are hard to get last minute. I have gone to work already w a 103 temp, laid on the cot all day and only got up to give meds and take care of the kids who came in sick or injured. Thank goodness it was a fairly slow day.
    We have to practice what we preach. If we expect parents to keep sick kids home, then we need to stay home when sick. My district has subs, but not enough, so usually my absence means my aide works alone that day, and vice-versa.

    My experience with office staff is they are petrified of our jobs. If you called in for a day or two, the principal would quickly advocate for the district to hire sub nurses.
  11. by   ohiobobcat
    I had surgery last spring. They had 2 weeks notice, and knew I was going to be out for a month. Our ONE sub happened to be booked the entire month I was out for my surgery (?!?). So the junior high nurse ended up covering my kids AND her kids for one month, which basically quadrupled her workload. With no extra pay, because I am sure that fell under "duties otherwise not specified" in her contract, she even asked! We struggle with subs in our district, but I don't think we are the only school district in this area with this problem. We are even struggling with teacher subs this year, until all of the college kids are home on break- then we have a ton of subs (my own daughter included).

    I don't think we have ever considered agency nurses for subs. I will bring that up at the next staff meeting.

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