Hi to all,
I just started school nursing last Oct 2013 for pre-K and Elementary International School in China and will probably move to another International school this Aug 2014 for a Nurse coordinator position in a K-12. I would like to do more and learn more as I intend to stay in school nursing.
So my questions are: what medicines do you keep in the clinic? Do you give OTC meds to students such as allergy meds and paracetamol? As of now, we have tylenol, chinese cold medicines, eye wash, mouth sore spray, and lonsenges but they are limited only for the Faculty and staff and nothing for the students unless sent by parents.
Also, do students carry their medicines? In my school, students do carry meds from home and back. I tried changing this but since I am a newbie(I have another local nurse I work with) I have less voice in the clinic.
Also, when do you send kids home? Here, with 38.0C fever without other symptoms we send them home per school policy. However, there are times that I dont follow it if I see that the child is ok to stay at school.
I find it challenging to be a school nurse. Being there alone without anybody(with similar background) to consult with is tough. This forum is of big help!