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Specializes in school nursing. Has 4 years experience.

This is an excerpt from the School Nurse's Role on the Texas Deaprtment of Health Website. Perhaps other states have something similar. I am going to print it out and keep it for future use.

"ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO: The identified student health needs may not receive

proper attention, assessment, planning, evaluation, referral, follow up, parent contact, etc. if

the RN's time is utilized inefficiently. Task oriented practice reacts to the needs of the

presenting students, staff or parents and does not allow for thorough evaluation of overall

true health needs. Professional time may be spent performing tasks that any adult staff

member can do, i.e. providing lip balm, sunscreen, repairing eyeglasses or clothing, tending

minor scrapes, headchecks, diaper changes. It is advisable to allow the RN to utilize

professional judgment in establishing health priorities."

BunnyBunnyBSNRN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing, Ambulatory Care, etc.. Has 13 years experience.

I like it! :) Think I'll print it too!

Thanks!

BunnyBunnyBSNRN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing, Ambulatory Care, etc.. Has 13 years experience.

from the same place:

"the school nurse office recommended features of a basic health facility:

adjacent to administration offices and pupil personnel services;

ideally, in a quiet part of the school building away from playgrounds;

music rooms, gymnasium, or noisy machinery;

a physical layout that allows for individual privacy;

reserved for health purposes only;

adequate ventilation;

2 x 4 fluorescent, brightly illuminated lights with adjustable overhead

lights in rest areas, in a closet, and over the first-aid area station;

natural light from windows;"

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SchoolNurseBSN

Specializes in school nursing. Has 4 years experience.

i am on a roll today! read this! especially texas school nurses!

relating to duty-free lunch periods for public school nurses.

be it enacted by the legislature of the state of texas:

section[color=#ffffff][color=#ffffff][color=#ffffff]a1.[color=#ffffff][color=#ffffff][color=#ffffff]aasections 21.405(a) and ©, education code, are

amended to read as follows:

(a)[color=#ffffff][color=#ffffff][color=#ffffff]aaexcept as provided by subsection ©, each classroom

teacher, full-time school nurse, or full-time librarian is entitled

to at least a 30-minute lunch period free from all duties and

responsibilities connected with the instruction and supervision of

students.

what??? nurses eat???????????

Purple_Scrubs, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 8 years experience.

I get mine, and I take it out of my office too. Of course, there are times when I am interrupted by a nosebleed or something serious, but my staff knows not to interrupt my for a headache or minor injury. They can wait 30 minutes! If I am interrupted, I get back to lunch ASAP and generally get the full 30 minutes, unless I just choose to go back early. There are also times when I have had to wait until 2 to eat and we leave at 3, but hey, I got a lunch!

Ok so acording to this statement, my having to help answer phones, answer the door buzzer, watch the office from 1100 to 1230 while the secritary is out, helping parents when the come in to find their child for pick up, and watching the "time out" room next door when the asst principal is unable to watch it, should be a major no no in the real world huh???!!!! If only. That's what I get for being the only nurse in a small town school who thinks I only put band aids on and check for head lice..... Some days my job is worth it!

SchoolNurseBSN

Specializes in school nursing. Has 4 years experience.

Ok so acording to this statement, my having to help answer phones, answer the door buzzer, watch the office from 1100 to 1230 while the secritary is out, helping parents when the come in to find their child for pick up, and watching the "time out" room next door when the asst principal is unable to watch it, should be a major no no in the real world huh???!!!! If only. That's what I get for being the only nurse in a small town school who thinks I only put band aids on and check for head lice..... Some days my job is worth it!

Find some info specific to your state, print it out and show it to them. Nobody will understand our role if we don't tell them! This is exactly why I have been doing my research!!

It burns my **** to know you are being used as a clerk when you are a licensed professional!!

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