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  1. nurselife13

    What are the "extras" that you do?

    Yaaaas girl! Happy to help
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    What are the "extras" that you do?

    Do it!
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    What are the "extras" that you do?

    Lol yes! I am just extremely ADHD so I am always finding random stuff to do lol!
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    What are the "extras" that you do?

    I have a look who lost a tooth wall in the hallway and hang printed/cut-out teeth with students name on it when they loose teeth. I pass out veggie/fruit stickers randomly in the cafeteria to students that have veggies/fruit on their tray. I send out random pop quizzes via email for teacher in regards to things like "where is the AED machine located", basic CPR and EPIPEN instructions, etc. First one with all answers correct gets a prize! Teachers rush to my office for this lol. It's pretty fun and helps everyone stay informed. I send out monthly newsletters for staff each month via email. They love this as well. It's informative and related to what's going on "health wise" or correlates to the health topic of the month. My students that wear glasses and 1). KEEP UP WITH THEM 2). CAN BE EXPECTED TO WEAR THEM EVERYDAY 3). DO NOT REPEATEDLY BREAK THEM ON PURPOSE - get a pizza party at the end of the year. I tell them about it at the start of the year so they are encouraged to be responsible with their glasses. They look forward to this all year long. I put a class list in the teachers box at the end of the year and the teacher highlights which ones get to participate (since they are in the classroom with them and know). This year I am going to set up a table strictly for nursing/health related information for the school year at Meet the Teacher night. I will have a "meet the nurse" sign lol. I hang information all over the school. EX: there are signs by ALL of the water fountains that say "Do you have a headache? DRINK MORE WATER. Not drinking enough water is the number 1 cause of headaches - this is called DEHYDRATION. Love, your school nurse" they are colorful and students notice them, helps them to increase fluids and be educated. Signs in gym for nosebleed rules, SS of concussions. Signs in bathroom for hand washing, etc. You get the drift. My bulletin board outside is decorated with colorful pom-poms and says "students LEARN BETTER when they FEEL BETTER" and it stays up all year long, but I do add smaller bulletin boards with information for autism awareness month, etc. I have a "when the nurse is out" binder in my office for documentation, protocols, my contact information, etc. I make field trip survival kits for field trips with all the thingggggs. I organize a biggest loser competition for all staff. THIS IS A HIT! So much fun. I let everyone choose a "code name" for example: skinny minny, hangry, lovin' cupcakes, etc. and I make a chart to hang in the hallway that way everyone can track their progress but no one knows who is who. I have a teacher that lost 30 lbs last year and won! She ended up taking home like $400+. Crazy good turnout! We weigh in on Fridays in my office in the mornings. I've never done classroom presentations but I am going to try to implement this next year! This is my 1st school year as a school nurse So next year I will start my 2nd school year. I plan to do more. I am not one to just sit in my office and wait for students. I love being out and about. I keep a walkie-talkie on me for emergencies. I love this job because I enjoy thinking outside of the box and it allows me to do that! I am also KG-4th grade so my ideas are geared towards the smaller population lol.
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    Awards assembly

    Best answer so far! Thank you for the insight!
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    Awards assembly

    I have never given awards for anything like this. By positive reinforcement, I mean I throw the kids that are responsible with their glasses all year a pizza party at the end of the year but as far as rewards, this is it. This would be the first this year. I only want to do it because it was health related and very wise, and avoided a possible disaster. Thank you for the insight!
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    Awards assembly

    I did not plan on sharing information of the incident in verbatim. But thank you for the insight!
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    Awards assembly

    (yes I already know I am extra) I was wondering, do any of you participate in the awards ceremony as the school nurse? I ask because... as I was exiting the cafeteria the other day I overheard one of my 3rd grade students remind their substitute (that was already aware but not paying attention) that a student that she sat next to him had a severe food allergy to peanut butter and that he had a peanut butter sand which in his lunchbox *face palm*. It caught me off guard and I turned around and helped fix the situation. I told him I was very, very proud of him for recognizing this! That was HUGE. I thought about doing something for him for the award ceremony but I'm not sure what I would put on the reward? Suggestions? Please don't suggest I do nothing lol. As mentioned above, I already know I am super extra lol! I go above and beyond for my students especially when it comes to positive reinforcement.
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    What do teachers think about school nurses?

    Lol! I am def so extra in every aspect of life lololololol! #noshame thanks for the insight!
  10. I honestly wish there was an allteachers.com website and forum so I could personally ask them (there may be, lol who knows) Some days I feel very empowered by my teachers, some days I feel very belittled by my teachers. I am not a nurse that doesn’t care and I don’t just sit in my office waiting for students - I do A LOT for everyone! We are a team. But sometimes I wonder if they even acknowledge or appreciate me? I would have to say this is my least favorite thing about being a school nurse - THE TEACHERS. Every year I acknowledge them on teacher appreciation week. One year I gave them little containers with candy inside as “chill pills”, this year I wrapped some sanitizer wipes and tissues and left a note saying “just wanna tissue a germ free teacher appreciation week” - I mean I try to be as helpful to them as possible and always think outside of the box. I do pop quizzes about “school health related” topics and give prizes out for the winners, send newsletters via email, etc. I don’t let them walk all over me BY ANY MEANS (or anyone for that matter - I’m 25 years old and feisty, just sayin) BUT it would make my job a lot more enjoying if for once they validated my position as their elementary school nurse. FYI, no one got me anything for nurses week other than a million of my students (whom I love and am thankful for). SORRY - VENT OVER
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    Most creative ideas you've had as a SN?

    LOVE THAT! I need to get a Mr. Bones!!!
  12. nurselife13

    Most creative ideas you've had as a SN?

    I do this too! I keep crayons and coloring pages by my cots and have a wall filled up with pictures
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    Most creative ideas you've had as a SN?

    LOL! Heck no! Hahaha
  14. nurselife13

    Puberty Program

    Yes, I do. I send permission forms home with all 4th grade girls a week ahead of time. If it’s not returned signed by parents, they do not get to watch. I’ve never had a parent not return it. I have had parents call to question what the film is about, even though I put it on the form lol. They want details, I get it. I always do mine the Friday before spring break so they have lots of time to ask their parents any question they want lol! I bring all of the girls in at the end of the day and show the film. I decorated a cute little pink box and it’s the “comment box”. I pass out pens and index cards at the beginning and tell them to write down anything they hear in the video that concerns them or that they have questions about. They can either anonymously place their index card in the box as its passed around after the video or they can save the index card and ask their mom when they get home. I answer all of the questions that aren’t in appropriate and tell them if I did not answer your question, that means you need to ask your mother lol. I pass out the samples as they are leaving the “meeting”. It’s the end of the day so I don’t have to worry about them playing with them all day. The comment box is a hit though!
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    Most creative ideas you've had as a SN?

    Just curious, what are some ideas that you consider "outside of the box" or creative that you have implemented in your office/school as the School Nurse? I'll go first (I am an elementary school nurse - kg through 4th) 1. I created a "look who lost a tooth" wall outside my office. When students loose a tooth at school, I write their name on little teeth I printed online and staple them on the wall. The kids LOVE this! 2. I hang pictures of the kids everywhere in my office. I think this is a staple for the school nurse because it makes it comfortable and "home-y" for the kids. They're like "hey that's me!" or "hey that's so-and-so" - its cute :) I try to make my office as personable to my students as I can (I have 550 students in my school). 3. I printed "punch card's" out for my students that have anxiety related to coming to school and are absent a lot. I have a lot of students 2nd graders that experience this. I think its because 2nd grade is when teachers are no longer playing around, and "the real work" begins. I have a little girl that comes to my office every single morning crying and is absent a lot of the times. She gets 2 punches a day. 1 punch for being present at school and another punch for positive coping mechanisms in the classroom. When all punches are filled, there is a reward (pizza, ice cream, etc.). I find that this type of positive reinforcement works wonders.
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