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Isolation room set up?

Has 8 years experience.

For those nurses who have already returned back to work- can you share any tips/ideas/pics of your room setup? I’ve heard a rumor that my nurse’s office and the isolation room (next to mine- connected by a door) will be separated by a piece of plexiglass. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I also believe I will be responsible for manning both. I’m trying to remain positive- but many nurses are telling me that their schools have hired a “health assistant” to monitor one of them while they do non covid visits, injuries and scheduled meds. Would love any advice. Thanks.

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing.

Yep! We haven't started school yet, but I've been in my building. I can see if I can take some pics.

But basically mine is a small group classroom that I can fit 4 cots in socially distanced with good ventilation (both HVAC filtering and three large windows that can open). It has a bathroom right next to it that will be for its use only. I will put a barrier up to allow walking to the bathroom with no one seeing/interacting. I also will have a small space outside of it within that barrier that I can do a quick assessment to determine if the student I have is a legit COVID concern or not (I.e. nausea due to heavy menstrual period, etc.). If they are, into the the room they go, if not to my office or back to class they go.

I have hired an LPN I'm supervising to help with this and also scheduled visits, thank goodness!

nursetlm, ADN

Has 8 years experience.

You are so lucky to have help! I appreciate your info/pics. I go back the 18th.

Eleven011

Specializes in Home Health,Dialysis, MDS, School Nurse. Has 20+ years experience.

I'll be back there shortly, but have been at meetings and have started getting my room(s) ready. My area was set up as a decent sized clinic (holds three cots) with a small office for me inside of it. I was NOT getting any help, so the only solution was to move all my office stuff (desk, files, ect.) out into the clinic area and make my small office the isolation room. There is a window into my office, so I will be able to see anyone in there from my desk/clinic area. Not ideal by any means, but it's what I have to work with.

laflaca, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

I have nothing. I've bugged the principal and Dean, I've emailed proposals, and I have nothing. Not even a meeting to discuss it.

nursetlm, ADN

Has 8 years experience.

Oh WOW!! When do you start back?

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 10 years experience.

19 hours ago, Eleven011 said:

I'll be back there shortly, but have been at meetings and have started getting my room(s) ready. My area was set up as a decent sized clinic (holds three cots) with a small office for me inside of it. I was NOT getting any help, so the only solution was to move all my office stuff (desk, files, ect.) out into the clinic area and make my small office the isolation room. There is a window into my office, so I will be able to see anyone in there from my desk/clinic area. Not ideal by any means, but it's what I have to work with.

GOOD JOB. Necessity is a mother, isn't it?

seedanurse

Specializes in School Nurse. Has 6 years experience.

Nope. The first plan was to have 1 room that served dual purpose of isolation AND "normal health office" I told my admin NO. She does not understand why that won't work, despite it being against district protocol, and refuses to meet to come up with a solution.

On the plus side - we are starting with virtual learning and are likely to remain there for quite awhile.

laflaca, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

17 hours ago, nursetlm said:

Oh WOW! When do you start back?

Our school year starts Monday. We'll be virtual until Labor Day, and then the district will decide whether to move to hybrid or stay virtual.

nursetlm, ADN

Has 8 years experience.

I guess many of us are in the same boat.

SaltineQueen

Specializes in School Nurse, past Med Surge.

My isolation room is across the hall from the office, my clinic is in the office. If I’m with someone in the clinic, our secretary or someone can stand in the hall, or something...I guess, to keep an eye on any kiddo in there. I’m hoping to not have to have anyone else need to go in there. But I guess we will see. That would mean I have to leave the door open, which I’m not crazy about. I asked if we could get it changed out to a door with a window but that got shot down for some reason. I will have 2 cots in there with room dividers side by side to keep them separate. There’s a sink, which is nice.

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nursetlm, ADN

Has 8 years experience.

Oh that is good! I don’t have a bathroom or sink in my small office to begin with. 😕 There is one in the hallway to my office- but I would think an isolation room would ideally have their own. Oh well. I know it will all work out somehow. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m just trying to envision donning whatever PPE they do provide each time someone comes in with any covid s/s- having time walk them into isolation room next door. Have to remove PPE to go back to normal nurse’s office to see injured person or give scheduled med or PRN med- while sick child in other room is unsupervised. Then having to Don PPE to go back and check on them, escort to parents, etc.

laflaca, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

On 8/6/2020 at 9:46 AM, JenTheSchoolRN said:

Yep! We haven't started school yet, but I've been in my building. I can see if I can take some pics.

But basically mine is a small group classroom that I can fit 4 cots in socially distanced with good ventilation (both HVAC filtering and three large windows that can open). It has a bathroom right next to it that will be for its use only. I will put a barrier up to allow walking to the bathroom with no one seeing/interacting. I also will have a small space outside of it within that barrier that I can do a quick assessment to determine if the student I have is a legit COVID concern or not (I.e. nausea due to heavy menstrual period, etc.). If they are, into the the room they go, if not to my office or back to class they go.

I have hired an LPN I'm supervising to help with this and also scheduled visits, thank goodness!

Jen, what magical state do you work in?? I'm guessing you're not here in Arizona, where we invest in guns and border walls rather than HEPA filters. An LPN! Distanced cots! I'm so jealous.

I'm not an SN but I love visiting this forum because y'all are hilarious!

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing.

On 8/9/2020 at 11:48 AM, laflaca said:

Jen, what magical state do you work in?? I'm guessing you're not here in Arizona, where we invest in guns and border walls rather than HEPA filters. An LPN! Distanced cots! I'm so jealous.

MA ;). I'm at a public charter that has been planning for this since May and gave me a seat at the table, paid me over the Summer for it as well, and let me spend money without question on things like PPE. I'm been working my butt off, but I am soooo lucky to be listened to and to be part of a great team.

The flip side now is we re-grouped and then also pivoted to remote learning for the first month with a longer phased in approach to hybrid. We will have a small group of high needs students in so I'll be working every day, but also get a chance to try out my protocols on a smaller population first, which I am very glad about. We are doing some in-person staff PD as well and some in-person community building with students for one week (all outside).

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