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Do you keep clinic door open?

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by SmileNNod SmileNNod (New) New Nurse

SmileNNod specializes in School Nursing/Clinic Assistant.

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Do you keep your clinic door/s open? I have one to the hallway and one to the office. I usually keep them open unless its super busy or noisy on either side. I don't want to offend the office staff- but I feel like its not private. They can't see who is in the clinic unless they look around the corner. 

I'm new this year and it's always been kept open from what I've been told.

Thanks!

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Eleven011 has 20+ years experience and specializes in Home Health,Dialysis, MDS, School Nurse.

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I have a newly built office this year and its a similar set up.   I have my main door into the hallway which I keep open  except when I'm on lunch.  Then there is a door that opens into the staff workroom and beyond that, the office.  I usually keep this open too as it helps with the flow of traffic, but have shut it on occasion when I have someone resting and its busy in there.   

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I have an extremely small office and only have one door that leads into the main office.  I'll close my door if it's a private matter, but otherwise, it stays open. Everybody can hear everybody else's business throughout the entire main office (which can be mentally draining), but it can get claustrophobic in my office if the door is closed.

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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Open all the time. Because I won't be alone with a student without a witness - even if the witness is in another office. My FALS teachers used to check on us, and we'd do the same for them, which was only possible because the door was open.

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Keeperofbandages is a CNA, LPN and specializes in School Health.

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My office is small with one door that leads out to the main office.  I leave my door open unless I am speaking with a parent privately or doing a lice check.  

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k1p1ssk has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in pediatrics.

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Mine is open as well, unless there is a sensitive discussion that needs to be had or I'm doing screenings. 

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Dimple58 has 31 years experience and specializes in Ortho, Neuro, Trauma, Clinic, School.

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No, because it would be like a "welcoming mat" to entice one to find a reason to visit the "friendly nurse". Also I keep it closed for privacy issues and to prevent "walk-thru" people. 

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BiscuitRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Mine is open only because my office is in the administrative area which has a door that only staff members can fob through. So kids need a staff member (usually front desk or security) to let them in.

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Mine is closed but not locked.   There's a sign that says "Come In" on it.    It just gets way too noisy given where I'm located (not to mention blasts of cold air as one of the main building entrances is right here as well).

 

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halohg has 25 years experience as a RN.

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I would close the office door, don’t worry about offending.

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Always open unless dealing with an emergency.  Door is heavy and the little onces can't open it. 

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OyWithThePoodles has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med-surg, school nursing..

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My door opens up to the office hallway, so not really any thru traffic other than the office staff. I like it open because I can hear the main office phone ring and they'll given me a hollar "did you call so and so's mom" or I'll yell at them "hey if Johnny's mom calls back, I DID leave a message, but send it back to me". 

I will close it if there is a private convo that needs to happen, but I have a window right by my desk so that people can see in.

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