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- May 1 by OldDudeYea....all that stuff is frustrating but I've made an observation since I've worked for a school district (this is my 11th year as an elementary school nurse). In general...people who have only lived in the educational environment have been sheltered from the real world of employment and life in the general population. They've attended school, graduated from high school, attended college, graduated from college and returned to the school environment for employment.....not saying anything about their intelligence but they're just ignorant about the ways of the real world outside the school building walls and can't grasp the concept of John Q. Public out there, on their own, trying to scratch out a living every day.....so I can see where the somewhat shallow behavior comes from. For me...school nursing beats the heck out of nights, weekends, and holidays at the ER or on some hospital floor. Regarding lunch break....I just leave the campus or go eat in my truck in the parking lot....I don't know what state you're in but in Texas a RN in the school setting is considered an "educator" and thus is guaranteed a "duty free lunch." The only way I can get an uninterrupted lunch is to leave the building for 30 mnutes. The principal is responsible for the campus while I'm not there. I've tried staying on campus for lunch but it is impossible to do without some interruption; either about a student or a staff member wanting to show me their ingrown toenail or some rash behind their ear. Just don't let that dumb stuff bother you....it's better to clean dog poop off a kid's shoe than worrying over intracranial pressure monitoring in the ICU somewhere, eh????
- May 1 by JoryWhen I did my ADN program, I had a group of very intelligent, but very nasty, rude, unhelpful instructors. All they talked about was "Me! Me! Me! And oh by the way...did I tell you about...well, ME!"
Seriously...it was the most miserable two years of my life.
Then when I went to my BSN program...the instructors were AMAZING!!! Helpful, kind, would bend over backwards for you, etc. I still keep in touch with a couple of them. I had ONE nasty, arrogant instructor. She was fired 1 1/2 years later...for cause.
I think the lower the pay at the school, you get nurses who cannot make it in the work force, but just happen to have a master's degree. When you get into your higher paying instructor jobs, then quality gets better.
PS: Before it even starts I'll nix it...I'm sure that some of you had WONDERFUL program instructors at the community college level etc. I am sure that some of you who teach at community colleges are amazing instructors and really do help your students. However, I am only speaking from the area I live in, the school I went to, and what I have heard from other nurses who have graduated from other programs in my area.
- May 1 by FlareI am sure that teaching can be frustrating. In elementary school you have a class of 18-22 students (in some places more!!) that you are with all day long except for lunch and preps. In secondary ed, it's dozens of kids. But as school nurses we are responsible for hundreds, sometimes thousands of kids. We need to have their basic med info straight, need to know who the medically fragile kids are off the top of our heads, need to keep these kids safe, secure and healthy. I think some of it comes from the fact that teachers will walk by and see moments that our offices are empty. Not realizing that even though there may be scatter moments that i don't have students in my office (5 minutes here, 10 minutes there) I am still working; I am catching up on charting, entering immunizations into healthmaster, filing, getting the kindergarten registrants ready, processing sports physicals, processing the endless field trip requests, doing an ounce of CE, (sneaking in a bit of allnurses time),etc. Lunch is still a joke for me around here. But watch and see what happens if you disrupted a teacher's lunch or prep (which i don't get despite being equal to a teacher).
- May 1 by KencanwinTo those who took offense...my bad of course you have stress too just a different type. I meant no harm were all about nursing here.
- May 1 by uthscsa2011I also disagree, just speaking from 1.5 years of school nursing!!! Now THAT'S bad.
- May 1 by dfs1961My ADN program had crap instructors as well. And they treated all the nursing students like garbage - because at least 1/2 my class was from a foreign country, they didn't know any better and they took the abuse. I got in trouble on more than one occasion when I would speak up for the entire class (I had been to school before and had a bachelors and masters degree in another subject prior to nursing school). I knew what was happening wasn't right, and I was vocal about it as well. I sort of became the class leader (which bit me in the butt on more than one occasion).
I have come to believe the saying "you pay for what you get" was true at my local community college.
- May 1 by dfs1961I am supposed to get 50 minutes of duty free lunch/prep time daily. What a joke! I never leave my office, ever. When I go to the bathroom, I can hear the little voice saying "where's the nurse?"...I had one student today who was asking me why I was late to work today because he was in my office at 8:15am with a bloody nose (school doesn't officially start till 8:30am). Meanwhile, I was up speaking to a student and the teacher during this time.....I told him I wasn't late and I was working, and that nurses get to leave their offices! (I should've told him to mind his own business....)
- May 1 by Stella_BlueMy teachers in my LPN program were all amazing I had three to about five different teachers. There was maybe one I didn't get along with too well, but otherwise all great. I owe a great deal to those lady's! Im starting my bridge in about three weeks and I hope its the same this time around as I will not be at the same school =(