I want to share with you a scenario I experienced today at the very end of my day. Middle School 1000 students.
3:15- Counselor calls nurse says look into this situation. Student A is on his way down. Student A notified teacher his right arm is hurting and something happened at home.
3:20- examine student notify counselor of findings. Counselor comes in and speaks more in depth with student. Counselor says come to my office and YOU can make the report.
Go to her office
I said I will share the medical information. I asked where the teacher was who the student initially reported to if they would be apart of the call. She chuckled and said “No why would they come.” I said cause he was the one that suspects abuse. She said he didn’t say he suspected abuse. I said then why did he call you and not me. She said he did try to call you. I said no he didn’t. (Trust me this teacher is not afraid to send students. He will send 3 at a time, even though I’ve instructed teachers one at a time unless they both got injuried) Anyways, she said well I don’t know. She said really you need to do the investigating when a student is sent to you and report it. She said myself or any of the teachers didn’t have to be involved when the last nurse was here. (I have been here this school only-1st year) I wanted to say the last nurse quit after 2 years bc she was taking on so much, but I didn’t ! She told me I need to learn how to ask more questions and what to ask. I said I was always taught whoever the first person the student tells is the person who has to report it. I of course would then examine for injuries and make sure they don’t need further medical care. She told me teachers can’t stop what their doing in class and investigate and make the call. She basically wants me to handle all the abuse. Counseling, medical, and reporting. I do not think that is right! Of course If the child came me first certain, however I’d still get the counselor involved.
What are are your guys thoughts? Am I wrong am I right?