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  • May 4 '13

    Ugh

    So sorry you got dumped on like that....You are right, we can only do so much....I wonder if she is feeling guilty for sending the kiddo to you without another thought?....If I/we sent home every kid with a stomachache.....I/we would be unemplpoyed and as well, if I assessed every kid as a potential suicide....

    Just cannot win some days. You did the right thing by following up with multiple phone calls. Sometimes you just CANNOT see what what will happen. We lost a freshman to suicide several years ago and NO ONE saw it coming...family, friends, school... NO ONE.

    You need to reflect on all the lives you have touched and the difference you have made to so many
    Any chance there can a debriefing with staff, guidance etc? NAMI is a great resource.

    ((hugs))

  • May 4 '13

    Quote from Kencanwin
    I am not a nurse yet, but I do plan on earning my type 73 certification so I may have the option of school nursing. Allow me to play devil's advocate Teachers have way more stress related to there job that the school nurse. This by no means excuses them from being polite or at least cordial to you but look at what they have to go through compared to you. Parents who expect their children to learn by osmosis while in class but hardly reinforce what they learn once the kids get home. School boards who want them to "pass" kids simply because of age never mind grades. Being forced to teach kids how to pass a test that will determine how much funding the school will have. Or making sure enough kids pass the test or risk an unsatisfactory evaluation which will result in a lower raise or worse termination. It aint easy being a teacher nowadays.

    Dont get so mad, simply pity them...

    I disagree...speaking from 19 years as a school nurse.....

  • May 4 '13

    SIXTEEN! (I only work half-time).

  • May 4 '13

    Happy Friday, friends....
    Geez... 31 more school days.... but who's counting.
    I've had a day where I could literally scream............................................ .....
    Ugh.... thank goodness for weekends.

  • Apr 14 '13

    I think it's a definite have to be there type situation. If a child is in distress and a med isn't available - 9-1-1. if a parent is taking too long, i think i'd probably call them and tell them that i am feeling uncomfortable with the situation, assess exactly how far away they are and if it's prudent to call 9-1-1 or wait. If they are on their way and i find that the child is in distress, i may call ems anyhow and advise that the parents are enroute to the school. If the parent decides that they do not want the child treated THEY can sign the refusal form and take their child with them. I think a lot would depend on how big your community is and how quickly your ems resonse takes too. I know that some areas have almost intantaneous ems response while some rural areas may wait 30 minutes for ems.

  • Apr 14 '13

    You were right. They can be upset if they want.
    Our district has a procedure for medications, and bringing it in 5 minutes before a field trip isn't part of it. There is paperwork, the Dr. has to sign it, etc, etc.

    They maybe should have thought ahead a little bit more.
    Let the principal handle this.

  • Apr 14 '13

    Quote from tictac

    Btw, what do y'all use for gum in the hair if you don't have peanut butter?
    A call home with a number of a good hair dresser... i don't do gum...

  • Dec 17 '12

    Some might say I am too mean to get sick!

  • Dec 14 '12

    It has to be PHS..............Pre-Holiday Syndrome.........everybody it is nuttty this week! Only 6 days left for me or 45 work hours or 2700 minutes (not that I'm counting ).....................before BREAK!!!

  • Dec 14 '12

    I am a school nurse in Texas and I work at a large urban school district.

    Nursing is a noble profession and nurses, in general, are widely respected. Except for school nurses. Many people have asked me, "So, you're an RN? That's great! What field do you work in?" When I tell them I am a school nurse they reply, "Oh," and look at me as though I've just run over their dog. A woman I knew once said to me, "School nurses are just "washed up" nurses who can't make it anywhere else." My own husband and children believe that all I do in the course of a school day is dispense band aids and ice packs, which couldn't be further from the truth!

    I dispense caring and compassion as I care for a sick child whose parents can't (or don't want to) be reached to pick their child up. I dispense competence and confidence when I rely solely on my nursing judgment and critical thinking skills in an emergent situation - because there is no physician there to give me orders. I dispense conscience and comportment as I hold my tongue while I am being cursed at and threatened by an angry parent (which, by the way, happens frequently). Sister Roach's "Six C's of Nursing" were drilled into me in nursing school, and I have come to embrace them. Each morning on my way to work I ask God to help me embody the Six C's of Nursing.

    I didn't become a school nurse for money or glory. I became a school nurse knowing I would gain neither. I simply answered a calling.

    It would be wonderful if we were recognized and respected for everything we do - the special procedures that enable medically fragile and chronically ill children to attend school, acting as each child's health advocate, maintaining complicated health records, and that's just the tip of the iceberg! In reality, though, we are loved and respected by the only people who really matter; the children we take care of.

  • Dec 14 '12

    Oh, my. I had my first Doomsdayer today. My little diabetic guy came to me all in a dither this morning because he heard the world was going to end today 12/12/12. I didn't bother to tell him it's actually 12/21/12...his blood sugar was over 160, he was so upset! In the end, I told him the world isn't going to end any time soon. Let's just get through the Christmas break first...

    Then I saw one of my little 1st graders, 2nd day in a row, c/o sore throat. He had fallen asleep in class and when he woke up he said he had a headache. So I asked him, like I always do "Why do you think you have a headache?" Answer: "I was having a bad dream. You know that dream, where the pizzas are flying around your head and the crust is all black? I don't ever want to see that kind of pizza again!" Is that the very description of a fever dream or what?! t100+, your ticket home, my friend...

  • Dec 14 '12

    it's just been a gross week here between stomach bug and lice - i'll take a little zaniness!

  • Dec 2 '12

    I retired about 7 yrs ago. HATED IT! But my body was a broken after 38 yrs of nursing. I just hated staying home and between my hubby and my retirement we did okay, nothing great but comfy.
    I looked over my career and made points about the things I loved doing in nursing. My all time favorite was Coronary Care Unit. I loved all things heart. Esp arrhythmias. I liked watching heart monitors, in fact, I watched monitors going thru nursing school. I am also pretty disabled and have to use a cane. But watching monitors doesn't require patient or visitor contact. I am in a little dark room with 3 other people all cozy and warm, doing something I am very good at. I only work 9 shifts a month. 3 weekends a month Fridays saturdays and sundays.and always have a little vacation for 12 days a month. I love the people I work with and the hospital that gave me a chance even though I am older and disabled. I just cannot complain at all.

  • Nov 30 '12

    My son had to go to the school nurse this week, he may actually be a frequent flyer and I only get calls when it is serious. He tripped over his own feet while running in gym, slid across the floor, and banged his head against the concrete wall. It was nicely bruised. If the nurse hadn't been there to make the booboo better and do a neuro check, I would have had to go get him when I was supposed to be sleeping to prepare for another night shift. So thank you to all of the school nurses, I know it isn't the most glamorous job but you are appreciated.

  • Nov 23 '12

    Quote from Bec7074
    First of all, low sats are not related to low hgb. This is a big misconception in nursing. I had a doc explain it to me once (cuz I too used to get confused). Low hgb is having less trucks on the highway but they can still carry the same load. Sats (% of oxy on hgb) is the load.
    It is true that low hgb does not cause low sats, however low hgb can mean tissue hypoxia even in the setting of "normal" sats. If hgb is low that means there is less oxygen carrying capacity in the blood. So even if 100% of the hemoglobin is carrying oxygen (hence sats of 100%), there is still less oxygen being delivered to the tissues if the hgb significantly decreased. To use the truck example, if you normally have 20 trucks delivering the load, but now you only have 5 trucks, less is going to be delivered. Saturation is only part of the picture for tissue oxygenation; yet, as nurses, we are taught be obsessed with that number.


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