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- by mysixlittleones Jan 23I should probably preface this post with some facts.......It was 3pm, I had just about EVERY frequent flyer in my office, I hadn't eaten my lunch yet and I just sat down to eat when in walks one of my frequent flyers with an earring in her hand. She is in 1st grade and says ,"yeah I can't get my earring back in". So I reach in my drawer and pul out an envelope for her to put her earring in and she says ,"no! I want it back in my ear". No please, no manners....so I say no, hunny,i'm a nurse not a beauty shop. Put it in the envelope, your mom can put it in when you get home. I had a kindergarten child in my office with the para for that room and the para looked at me like OMG. So I said to her, "I'm sorry but I will take them out for gym because it is a safety issue and the gym teacher doesn't have time to deal with it but putting them back in? That is NOT a nursing reponsibility and shame on the teacher who sent her to me!" Why do I have to put her earrings back in? Isn't the teacher capable? We have a no earrings in PE policy so my feeling is that if the student cant put in their own earrings then they shouldn't wear them on gym days. Now of course I feel bad......
- Jan 24 by MBARNBSNGood for you, you have boundaries! People need to stop thinking of Nurses as personal servants/waitresses. If you put her earring back in her ear, you would be spending much of your shift/days at work performing non-nursing duties and responsibilities because the teachers would think of your office as a dumping ground. Besides, the teacher felt she/he was either too busy or too professional to put the earring back in the child's ear. Did he/she do the wrong thing?? BTW, I had an Elementary teacher who used to put my barrettes back in my hair while we (my peers and I) waited in line. I never once thought to go see the school's Nurse for something so trivial. Do not be sad, you did the right thing.
- Jan 24 by FlareQuote from ufo8micatsif they're easy to replace, i usually just pop them back in for this very reason - it takes so much longer to rationalize to a teacher and student why you won't put the earring in. if i meet any resistance at all, in an envelope it goes and RTC.I agree with you but by time you finished explaining that to her you could have had her earrings back in.
- Jan 24 by KafergieI also think you did the right thing. It's not so much the time it takes to put an earring back in as much as it is setting a precedence. I've learned the hard way that doing a little "favor" one time can quickly turn into "the nurse does that". Next thing you knnow, you will see ten kids a day who need their earrings put back in. Hang in there!
- Jan 24 by SchoolRN2010I agree, it may take more time the to tell a child/teacher the first time your rationalization for not replacing the earring, but it will save you countless visits in the future from kids who are being sent down to your clinic to replace their earrings. I know I'm way too busy in my clinic to have a line of children backed up in my office waiting on their earrings to be put back in.
- Jan 24 by somenurseThe only part of this story i question, is why so annoyed over this very small child asking for help? Or, if you are annoyed at the teacher, who knows, the teacher might have thought the child's ear piercing will close up, who knows what the teacher thought.
If such events will annoy this much, maybe you'd do well to send a memo to the teachers, "I won't help small kids whose earrings have fallen out." or something.
Me, i've done tons of things, that didn't fall under "nursing", so long as i had time, and felt the activity was not harmful. Most of these extras --took only minutes.
...tons of things, that were just lil "extras".
and actually, i think it's the doing of small extras that please me the most, really, even more than the "basics" outlined in my job description.
- Jan 24 by drowningdailySpeaking from my experience with school nursing, I have to agree with OP. I don't think it's a matter of being annoyed by a child asking for help. I have been in at the end if the day with a line of kids still waiting, rushing to get them out to their bus, only to have to spend another hour charting after everyone leaves. Besides, if her piercing site gets infected, guess who will be blamed.