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Joined: Dec 7, '11; Posts: 839 (57% Liked) ; Likes: 1,218

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  • Jun 19

    Quote from OldDude
    OMG! YES, I see that all the time on the elementary level; especially EIB. Drives me crazy because once the kid has has been brainwashed into thinking they can't go to PE without using their inhaler, it's over-dependency is set. However that same kid has no issues with going to recess without pretreating and puts forth 10 times the physical exertion as in PE. Abhhhhhh! And yes, the diagnosis arises from a single office visit. Ugh
    And the kid can't tell the difference between "my chest is tight because I'm wheezing" and "I'm out of breath because I'm deconditioned."

  • Jun 19

    Quote from JKL33
    ...As a side note - - is it just me or does it seem like the asthma label/dx is applied fairly quickly/broadly? With years-long (unnecessary) consequences sometimes?...
    OMG! YES, I see that all the time on the elementary level; especially EIB. Drives me crazy because once the kid has has been brainwashed into thinking they can't go to PE without using their inhaler, it's over-dependency is set. However that same kid has no issues with going to recess without pretreating and puts forth 10 times the physical exertion as in PE. Abhhhhhh! And yes, the diagnosis arises from a single office visit. Ugh

  • Jun 19

    I am in a similar position- except with baby #1 and anticipating I will likely also stay home through baby #2 starting school- with mixed feelings but somehow also certain this is the right choice for me. I too hope to return to school nursing and also hope this great board and group will still be here when I return. I will probably still peek in once in a while in the meantime. Best of luck to you, your little ones, and everyone here and their little ones (both at home and at school)!

  • Jun 19

    Besides the common supplies:
    Nebulizer
    Ice machine
    Ziplock bags
    Hearing and vision screening machines
    Color vision screening
    Scale
    Cots with storage underneath
    File cabinets
    Locked med cart
    Sewing kit
    Eyeglass repair kit
    Tooth chests/necklaces
    Backpacks/duffel bags for field trips
    Go bag
    Mirror
    Magnifying glass/ floor model if possible great for lice checks
    Hair dryer
    Heating pad
    Microwave
    Deodorizer
    Sanitary pads and tampons
    Sharps container
    Portable sharps container for field trip bag
    Bench or seating for students waiting
    Refrigerator with lock
    Wheelchair

  • Jun 12

    I completely get what you are saying about family first and I am right there with you. I am an LVN, so can't really respond to the NP side of things, but before I had was married and had kids I was working in acute care (back in the day when LVNs were still in the hospital). I continues in acute care when my kids were small, but it got more and more difficult getting those pictures and facebook posts from other people doing stuff with my kids. I ended up leaving nursing to be an instructional aid at their preschool just so I could spend more time with them. Fortunately the beginning of this school year the district decided to finally get help for the RN-PHN and created a district LVN position also fortunately everyone already new me and told me to apply, and needless to say I got the job. I am in the same district with my kids. I have lunch with them once a week when I am at their school. I have the same holidays and weekends and of course summer. I no longer feel like i have to miss them growing up so I can pursue a nursing career. I feel so fortunate. I have the best of both worlds.

  • Jun 7

    So, I can tell you my experience if it helps.

    I was in a direct entry NP program. Finished my BSN portion, took the NCLEX. Starting the NP portion part time so I could work. Started subbing in school long term for a school nurse out on medical leave. Worked with another awesome school nurse. Fell in LOVE with school nursing. It offered the autonomy I actually like (though it can also feel scary as well) and the hours I love. I did work in higher education before becoming a nurse, so it basically mixed nursing with education for me.

    I decided to look for a full time permanent gig after subbing for a month. Landed one a month after that (timing was great as my search began when schools were hiring for the next school year), still in school part time. Realized that school nursing was my calling in nursing and decided to leave my program officially with my BSN. I haven't regretted it since.

    The pay is lower, yes. But holidays are always mine. When there is a snow day, I don't have to work. At my school, my pay is on the teacher's scale. I qualify for a pension, which is rare these days. I also get the chance to teach health, which if you have a passion for teaching, may be a great way to pair it with nursing.

  • Jun 1

    Last day of school here!!! I am starting at a new school next year and will be taking you all with me! I bragged about this board in my interview! Have a great summer!

  • Jun 1

    LAST DAY woot. this is the last day of my first year at the school. It is a bizarre feeling.

  • Jun 1

    The 22nd for me too. It can not come soon enough!!!

  • Jun 1

    Til the 22nd as well. Let's gooooooo!

  • Jun 1

    Quote from NutmeggeRN
    We will survive!!
    We always do, my friend.

  • Jun 1

    I just wanted to say "See ya next year!!" (in case I don't get back before we leave.)


    As this day winds down, I just wanted to say Thank You for all your support this year. I have had one of the most off years ever, but now it's over. As I look forward to next year, I am expecting a good one. I really do love the new challenges of each new year. I always say I love the way this job is predictable, but unpredictable all all at the same time.

    Have a wonderful break.

  • May 30

    Quote from LovingLife123
    My school district has a nurse at each school every day. It shocks me that some don't.
    I didn't realize until I did school nursing how much of a rarity it's becoming and that's really terrible to me. Our kids deserve good school nurses, and administrators need to be educated on what the school nurse actually DOES and is responsible for. Some genuinely think it's only putting bandaids on boo-boos and it's so much more.

  • May 30

    I live in a state where there are more school nurses than any other state. But even with that, not every school has a school nurse on site five days a week for the entire school day.

    It took me less than 1 week working as a school nurse to learn how valuable my role is. My school, thankfully, sees that as well. I not only cover the school day, but I work after school as well so I am usually present for students in tutoring or clubs. The first Epi-pen I gave as a school nurse was when a student with a known peanut allergy accidentally ate peanuts while studying after school with some friends in the library.

    When I went to school (a small private school) we had a nurse come twice a week and mostly it was to do screenings. Thank you for this article. All of us school nursing appreciate the support.

  • May 30

    Quote from OhioBPH
    LAST DAY woot. this is the last day of my first year at the school. It is a bizarre feeling.
    Congrats on finishing up your first year! Enjoy the Summer.


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