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Interesting Read- Wouldn't Now Be a Great Time to Have School Nurses?

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Specializes in Geriatric Home Health, High School Nurse. Has 19 years experience.

Nurse Tessa

Specializes in School nurse. Has 3 years experience.

Interesting!

tining, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nurse. Has 27 years experience.

IMO, those schools without may hire after this virus, however, I bet when it comes back to a budget issue in a few years nurses will be dropped again.

SchoolNurseK, BSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatric Home Health, High School Nurse. Has 19 years experience.

23 minutes ago, tining said:

IMO, those schools without may hire after this virus, however, I bet when it comes back to a budget issue in a few years nurses will be dropped again.

I honestly don't know how schools without someone with medical experience could possibly be properly prepared. I think soooo much differently than my administration about these kinds of things so they are relying heavily on my input.

SchoolNurse91, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

My district would be absolutely lost without the nursing staff.

I tried 1 time to arrange to make an important call during lunchtime. I got my administrator's blessing, and went to my car at 1 PM to make said call. I was gone 20 minutes, just out in the parking lot. I had my walkie talkie, and posted a sign on my door saying to go to the main office in the event of an emergency. I work at a 7th/8th grade building, so I was a bit optimistic that the non-emergency kids would be able to handle waiting the 20 min.

Nope. I got two calls on the walkie, plus 3 texts from the office staff. I cut the call short, came in, and found 3 frequent flyers, 2 of them crying (about different issues, neither were medical, but neither student likes to go to the social workers about these things...). That was literally the first "lunch break" I took in nearly 3 years here.

I can't imagine how schools function without a dedicated nurse. As much as it drives me bonkers, I am the only safe space some of the students feel they have access to. I had made sure to check in with my diabetics right before stepping out, and my lunchtime meds were passed. The teachers knew they could walkie -talkie me if needed. But still, the 20-minute absence was noticed. I don't know how you guys do it when you cover multiple buildings. My hat is off to you!