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  1. msilcox

    Latex Balloons

    The child does have an action plan and epi pens. Latex is on here long list of allergies that also has all the associated fruit as well, but there is no severity listed on any of the allergies. The latest letter I got from the doctor is just a generic letter stating that there is a latex allergy. Nothing more. I guess one of the other concerns is that the child takes a Tech Theater class which handles and deals with everything theater to include make up (majority contains latex). Why would you put yourself in that type of situation just to have to be pulled from the class every time the word latex is even mentioned. I am still awaiting for further documentation from an allergist that she had/has an appt. with. But nothing yet. So the question still remains. To Ban or not to ban for just one child.
  2. msilcox

    Latex Balloons

    At my school we have one student that is allergic to latex (severity unknown) the other day some of the students had balloons that they were going to use to decorate for spirit week after school. Mom was here with said student and pulled her child out of the building and all latex balloons were banned for the event, now I am being looked at to help make a decision whether or not to ban all balloons in the school while she is attending. (we are a small private school less than 300 students). Has anyone come across this before? Per Mom the allergy is severe but we have no documentation other than its an allergy and I am awaiting a call back from her doctor to help us make an educated decision. We have had balloons in the building from time to time since the beginning of the year with no incidents. Any and all comments, suggestions will be helpful I'm at a lose as what to do on this one. We have multiple peanut allergies but didn't ban peanut butter.
  3. msilcox

    Oh How I Miss School Nurses

    I have recently became a school nurse, and I hadn't realized that some schools don't have a nurse just a health coordinator who took a class on how to give medication. The school I now work at had not had a nurse on their staff for over 10 years from my understanding. This year I have sent students out for broken bones, concussions, caught an appendicitis... that is just some of the things that has happened since I have been here. I don't have any special needs students here or any that take medication on a regular basis here at the school, but I have a plethora of students with multiple allergies some that carry epi pens on themselves and have back ups in the clinic (knock on wood never had to use any. We have teachers with medical problems one of which I have nitro for in my cabinet. Before I came on I was told that students would come down to take naps just to get out of class, if a student just said they didn't feel good they were sent home. Since I have started attendance has been better, no more sleeping students in the clinic unless they are sick after all this is a private school and they are actually paying for their education at least their parents are. Sorry for Rambling... my point was that I can't image a school without having a full time nurse on board. Whether it be a LPN, RN, BSN, MSN... someone trained with medical knowledge is better than someone with out or no one at all!
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    Concussions

    Okay I am wanting to find some more concussion training possible certification if available has anyone heard of such a thing or is this something that I just made up?! For as many concussions I have dealt with this year I want to have a certification as a Concussion specialist (if it is a thing for nurses) Help!!
  5. msilcox

    Teacher appreciation week...

    That is truly a shame! Only if they knew what it was like to be the after thought or 5th wheel!! Nursing 4 life always there and always forgotten!!
  6. msilcox

    Teacher appreciation week...

    I know what you mean. This whole week all I heard was about how great the teachers are (don't get me wrong some are great), our PTA even held a luncheon for the teachers, I was told oh you can come too. Today during our weekly mass (I'm the school nurse for a private catholic school) they recognized each teacher and gave them a gift and blessing. After that they said also by the way its National Nurses week and today is National School Nurse day. The whole thing seemed more like an after thought than a true appreciation.
  7. Upper GI code Brown!!
  8. that when you walk into the room the patient states " I just wanted to see your &*^ as you walk away again"
  9. msilcox

    Am I overreacting?!

    The safety of the children will always be a concern, the safety for myself isn't what I am worried about. I can handle my own if something were to happen. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. So yes I am be over reacting, but I will not put myself or anyone else in a position to be set up for failure. With times that I have to turn out the lights d/t a migraine of a student I will not at any point in time close my door with just me and student in my clinic or at anytime for that matter. In this case I am being selfish (meaning yes I am only thinking of myself) it only takes 1 person (it doesn't even have to be a student) to say something about my door being closed, locked, no lights on with a student in here. No questions ask because of "the world today" I would lose my job and possibly my license, not to mention potentially my own children!! Put yourself in a position where there is no one close by, a small window in your door. I teenage boy comes in saying that he isn't feeling well due to a head ache migraine and the light is really hurting his eyes. Per your new policy you have to shut and lock your door. Would you shut and lock your door with just you and the student (knowing there is no emanate danger) with the lights off? I for one will not even make that a question of would I! My door stays locked at all times but stays open. There are days that my clinic is like a revolving door. If and when potential harm comes to the students I will do everything humanly possible to keep them safe to include closing my door. But if it is just your average every day I will not. My beliefs are that my beliefs I will not compromise myself for something that I don't believe in. And yes if I had to close and lock my door with only me and student in it I was fully prepared to quit my job on the spot.
  10. msilcox

    Am I overreacting?!

    That is what I thought but I wasn't sure!!
  11. msilcox

    Am I overreacting?!

    We talked again yesterday and I now can keep my door open as long as it stays locked (which it does). The principle had thought about it after we talked that first day and realized that would not be a good idea after all!
  12. msilcox

    Am I overreacting?!

    I have no outside access I have concrete walls all around me. I don't even get cell service in my clinic, but I do have Wifi. I too have a walkie talkie that never gets used by anyone in the building. The Window in my door is a 6" wide and a little under half the length of the door. Which to me isn't enough of a window for me to even consider keeping my door closed since not everything is in visible eye line. I could probably think of many reasons on why I won't shut my door, but I have a feeling that I am going to get lots of push back on every reason I give. I guess if it comes down to shutting my door or leaving I am going to have to leave I will not compromise myself or my strong urge to C.Y.A !!
  13. msilcox

    Am I overreacting?!

    I want a Panic Button too!!
  14. msilcox

    Am I overreacting?!

    My door does stay locked but open. So all I have to do is lift the kick stand and it shuts. My clinic is essentially a broom closet with a bathroom. I'm isolated in the way that there is not a classroom right next door. On one side is another entrance to the main office with a short hall and on the other side is the faculty lounge. The clinic is located in the corner of a L shaped hallway. The long part is the main hall that leads to the front of the building and the short hall is our Math Wing with 6 classrooms 2 rooms are always empty as one of them is now used as an office. The other is a Lab. Normally only about 3 of those 6 are occupied during the day. Like I told my husband last night I'm okay with losing my job because a rumor was started about me and another adult but I am not okay with losing my job and my license because of a rumor that was started about me and a student, but I would rather not give the opportunity for either of them to be started.
  15. msilcox

    Am I overreacting?!

    Since the shooting in Florida, the security policy at the High school is changing (which is a good thing); one of the changes that I am iffy about is the teachers now have to keep their doors locked and closed at all times while students are in the classrooms. The principle came to me yesterday and told be that the same applies to me as well if I have a student in the clinic, I need to lock and shut my door. I approached her one on one and told her that I don't feel comfortable with this and "I don't want to open that can of worms". If something were ever to be said I would lose not only my job but potentially my license. I was told that there is a window in my door so it is perfectly fine and besides some teachers work one on one with the students behind closed doors as well. I work for a small private high school with only 257 students and 44 Faculty and Staff. I have a few concerns (justified or not still concerning) 1. My clinic is super small (not attached to the main office) the nearest classroom is 50 feet down the hall. Teachers, Students pass by my clinic multiple times a day. Did I mention this a HIGH School! 2. Safety for myself. If I have to keep my door closed, who is to say that the student I am with isn't going to try and hurt me (I know this is a stretch, but it can happen). 3. There is times where I have to turn my light off when one of my migraine sufferers come in. (closing my door in that situation is just asking for trouble) The only time I close my door is for the following reasons when I am meeting with a student, parent, and teacher, I'm leaving the clinic, or I am in the bathroom. I understand the safety of our students is the number one priority and I would never put them in harms way. I would have no problem in an emergency situation of an intruder, gun fire; whatever shut my door with a student in the clinic, but I don't feel that I should keep it closed at all times with just me and student during normal everyday business.
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