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BrisketRN BSN, RN

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BrisketRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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    Another job??

    Yes, I've been getting emails & phone calls. Chicago area hospitals are paying $70-75/hr for temp ICU nurses.
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    What won't you get done?

    AH! Epi-Pens. I can't think off the top of my head when mine expire. I believe it is June 2020. Haven't ordered those (obviously). I didn't finish filing my paperwork this year so close but not finished. Preschool hearing/vision screenings...not going to happen. I didn't give back any meds. None of them. Most of the kids didn't show up our last day of school anyways (which is the day the governor announced all schools had to be closed) because neighboring schools had already closed. We go until the end of June so maybe we will get back. Who knows. Our school is doing a fabulous job of online learning.
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    COVID-19 Resources for Parents

    Hi all, I just compiled a bunch of links with my school counselor. These are resources for parents to use at their discretion to discuss COVID-19 with their children. Most of these are aimed at younger children (preschool to 5th grade). https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf https://drive.Google.com/file/d/1hkLUqtAX260t7Lt0bS0oSd5gp4Kttaeo/view https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus https://www.childtrends.org/publications/resources-for-supporting-childrens-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-pandemic https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/coronavirus-information?fbclid=IwAR0NFdt-1j8ZVm8RmWRSa3FY_nZSatFCTTl4EafU_lhMSt-JEupOlyIuNbw
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    While in school limbo...

    Maybe look into the Medical Reserve Corps? I got emailed by my state's dept of health with encouragement to join, though I can't because I still have to be available during school hours and "doing work" to get paid & keep my medical insurance (which we desperately need as my husband's work offers terrible and expensive medical insurance).
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    If your school is closed re COVID19, what is your role

    I got the news today that we only come in tomorrow then “work from home.” I’m in IL and our governor is shutting schools, bars, & restaurants down. I’m trying to figure out ways to work from home...so if anyone has ideas of things I can do to “prove” I’m working please hit me with those.
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    If your school is closed re COVID19, what is your role

    Same here, though we are unsure when we’re reopening. I’ve made up bags of ibuprofen, Tylenol & tums that I’m putting outside my door so staff won’t be banging on my door telling me they need it. I have no plan to screen staff, take temps, etc because I’m not putting myself at risk. I have a window on my door. Can’t wait to say “go to the doctor if you feel sick” through the door 300x. My principal has access to my office but my chair is 6 feet from the door so he doesn’t have to breathe on me for us to talk.
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    Hand dermatitis a seeking away from bedside job.

    I used to have terrible hand dermatitis. I have always developed hives and rashes from contact with bleach, so the contact with items cleaned with bleach solutions was the cause of my dermatitis. It took me a while to figure that out. Since becoming a school nurse my hand dermatitis has improved greatly because I get to control what cleaners are used in my office, and our overnight cleaning staff is aware of my allergy and always uses non-bleach cleaners. Also if you haven't used cotton gloves for overnight ointments/prescribed steroid ointment on your hands I highly recommend. Those helped save my hands before I switched jobs.
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    If your school is closed re COVID19, what is your role

    The CDC recommends calling your doctor/the hospital before arriving and wearing a face mask en route if you believe you may have COVID-19.
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    If your school is closed re COVID19, what is your role

    It was clarified at my school that staff only comes in if we're closed due to not wanting to have large gatherings. If we're closed due to a case in our school then no one is allowed in because the building needs sanitation. I hope that's the case for you too. We need to protect ourselves too! Though I don't understand what you'd be doing if there aren't any teachers in the building?
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    Positivity Posts

    Last week I taught preschool through elementary a handwashing song that teaches them how and how long to wash their hands. I share a wall with the boys bathroom and have been hearing the boys sing in unison before lunch everyday. Cuteness and illness prevention all in one.
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    If your school is closed re COVID19, what is your role

    I was told (this was weeks ago) that staff will still come in because "e-learning is easier to manage when you're in the building" and that I will come in to make sure staff are safe to be here. So I guess my role will be breaking quarantine and having everyone breathe on me.
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    A "real nurse" or school nurse

    Yeah I've gotten a few kids asking if I had to go to college for this job. Nope just got out of clown college. And one of the little ones saw me getting into my car after school one day and said "YOU DON'T SLEEP IN THE NURSE'S OFFICE?"
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    A "real nurse" or school nurse

    It's like the "Just a Nurse" poster--if you've seen it. You're just a school nurse. Just the only medical professional in the building. Just the person running to every emergency and making snap decisions on your own. Just the one responsible for educating all staff members (with little to no medical background) on medical conditions, asthma, allergies, epilepsy, etc. Just the person who needs to balance being a safe place for students with being the one who teaches them how to "tough it out." Just the person who is questioned by people who have no knowledge of what you do in the school, what your background is, and how deeply every decision you make is rooted in evidence-based science (which you're constantly educating yourself on). Maybe you have just a BSN or just an MSN or a CSN, or maybe you have an ADN, and have had to be kicked in the butt by the learning curve that is caring for hundreds of pediatric patients at once. You are just the one triaging, treating, creating plans of care, implementing changes, and evaluating that care--usually of multiple students in the same moment. You are just the one who spends hours on the phone with DCFS trying to ensure your students are safe. You are just the person who sometimes spends breaks and summers worrying about a specific student who has a health condition or mental health condition or an unstable home environment. You're just the person advocating for your students to have access to healthy food (or food at all), proper medical care, safe staffing of nurses at your school, and a safe home. You are just the one giving up your lunch break every day to stay with a child who is sick or injured or deal with emergency situations. I guess that's all you are right--just a school nurse
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    Spring Break

    April 6th for me as well. I made big travel plans so I'm hoping those can still happen.
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    C'Mon Now!

    "You just loooove sending kids back to class. That's your main jam, huh?" -Sick 1st grader observing me sending other kids back to class
  16. BrisketRN

    Fast Acting Glucose in Classrooms

    Fun size bags of skittles. It's the fast acting sugar of choice for my two diabetics. I send a juice box in the first aid kit for field trips. One or two bags in each first aid kit. If you're worried about others eating it maybe put the packages in a white envelope marked "fast acting glucose" or "emergency diabetes glucose." Or packets of sugar would be cheap too though it might be harder to figure out how much sugar is actually in a packet.
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