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1. Why are dress code issues a nurses issue? I am no more equipped than anyone else to use a piece of string as a belt, or tape a falling-apart shoe together.

2. In a school with a VPK why is a toileting accident a nurses issue? Being that they have little kids in the classroom, one would expect the classroom bathroom to have baby wipes.

That is all. Happy Thursday, my fellow nurses.

ruby_jane specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

I got a preK in with her teacher's aide who stated that the PreK "says her butt hurts."

Yeah...well, it moved on quickly from not being a nursing issue.

Happy Thursday!

I personally love dog poop. I mean who doesn't want to come to work to clean up dog poop off shoes/feet? That's why I went to nursing school!

Flare specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

i enjoy a rousing game of "identify that bite". As if i have any expertise in identifying what creature or substance created the irritation on the child's skin. I understand all they want is validation that there aren't bedbugs in the classroom, but i can no more do that than i can conform or deny the presence of begbugs in any given kid's home

ruby_jane specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

Also I am the only keeper of Vaseline in the whole of the NTX.

3 minutes ago, ruby_jane said:

Also I am the only keeper of Vaseline in the whole of the NTX.

You are. Did you not get the memo?

Dress code issues are, by far, my favorite "nursing" task. In nursing school, we learned the perfect way to change from non-uniform into uniform to appease teachers and administration. It improves health, dontyaknow. And yes, I would also love to utilize my entire storage closet to keep those clothes nice and safe. Oh! And I love bugging facilities or our life skills class to wash the dirty clothes! It's NEVER a fight with them even though I have no washer myself! I also LOVE folding them and putting them up, and refolding them when student rummage through them while I'm not in here. I love cleaning up after high school able-bodied kids more than anything. It's why I went into nursing!

Cas1in72 specializes in school nursing/ maternal/child hospital based.

41 minutes ago, Flare said:

i enjoy a rousing game of "identify that bite". As if i have any expertise in identifying what creature or substance created the irritation on the child's skin. I understand all they want is validation that there aren't bedbugs in the classroom, but i can no more do that than i can conform or deny the presence of begbugs in any given kid's home

This is a big one for me. Had a teacher walk a student to me, 1 small barely red raised area to the RFA. OKKKKKKK. Teacher said, " what is this?" About to come off the rails. I stared at her for a brief minute( expressionless) then answered, " a bug bite?!?" She replies, " Dont you know what kind?!!!!" I said to her (again expressionless)" im gonna go with probably not from a tarantula" Didnt go over well. Im 8 days from the end of the year and barely keeping my wits about me. FACE PALM FACE PALM FACE PALM!!!

ruby_jane specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

38 minutes ago, Cas1in72 said:

I said to her (again expressionless)" im gonna go with probably not from a tarantula"

YES. That. Also the therapeutic silence is good.

2 hours ago, Flare said:

i enjoy a rousing game of "identify that bite".

Oh man, I love that one too. They're not overly paranoid about bed bugs here (thank you, universe) but usually insist that I look at various "spider bites." Yep, that's a tiny little papule in a vast ocean of completely normal skin, with no respiratory, gastrointestinal, or circulatory compromise.

My current favorite response is to launch into a long talk about the many helpful things that spiders do, and how they get unfairly blamed for biting. ("They eat agricultural pests! They eat household pests! They play an important part in our ecosystem! And yet they ask so little of us in return...")

Both the student and the teacher conclude that I'm nuts, and they leave.

When it comes to Vaseline, I flat-out lie. Vaseline? What's vaseline? I don't have any.

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