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  1. luvschoolnursing

    mom upset about asthma

    You need to write a 504 plan with specific recommendations that you have FROM THE PHYSICIAN. Get a release to talk to the physician and have him/her determine the severity of the asthma. Get this in writing. Mom may have such a relationship with the doctor that he will write whatever she wants, but at least you will be covered for the excessive absences and any reflection in the student's grades.
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    Has the school nursing job market changed?

    In Pennsylvania, we need a BSN and then certification from the department of education. We work on the teachers' pay scale. It is less than we could make in the hospital but the hours and benefits are very good. It is difficult to get a school nurse job in Pennsylvania because few of us leave until we retire and there just aren't that many jobs as compared to how many hospital positions there are.
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    I pulled this out of my head!!!! LOL

    I like the ones that use the human lice shampoo on all the pets to make sure they get rid of the lice in the house. I try educating them that human lice does not live on animals, but often they are so freaked out, they treat everything but the fish! Poor kitty!
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    Just wondering.......

    The nurse prior to me had them listed by homeroom. I switched to alphabetical by grade the first year. Makes it much easier for me.
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    How often does your school district hire new school nurses?

    I don't know that our district has ever had a nurse leave for another job. They retire. Our next opening should be in about 3-5 years and not another one for nearly 20 years.
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    Do you enjoy being a school nurse?

    Depends on the kid. Anything we give, we have to have a doctor's order. Some have inhalers, some have nebulizers. As far as weather to call the parent or transport by EMS, that's why we are there. We are skilled to make that decision. Most kids are fine to go home with parent and be seen by primary MD, but if something comes on suddenly or there is a more serious injury, we call EMS, then the parent.
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    Grand Central Station...

    And when you get the 3 calls at the same time, then call back the ones you missed they say-"you are never in your office" I also think the phone is connected to the bathroom-everytime I sit down, the phone rings!
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    Hearing and Vision

    For ht/wt/vision, I am only allowed to pull kids from PE, so I do my best to get them from there. 1/2 of our kids have PE first semester and 1/2 the second semester, so it takes me all year. Hearing screening is still done in 1 day (11th grade is all I have to do) The speech therapists come in and help so we can get the whole class done in a couple hours.
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    Teacher Contract?

    If you get a teacher's contract, you are one of the lucky ones. Unless you are responsible for the evaluations of the Lpn's you oversee, you are probably not "administrator" category. It is also likely to cause a lot of unrest if you get an admin contract and work with the teachers.
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    I agree, Martha, but you still have to send them to be evaluated and be started on treatment. I send home anyone who has goo, gunk, ick or any other medical term you choose. If their eyes are just watery, and I believe they can keeps their hands to themselves, they stay. I did send one girl home the other day who had no drainage, but her eye just didn't look like typical allergy eye. She was diagnosed with periorbital cellulitis.
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    Vision/Hearing Screenings

    I do my own vision screenings. 1,000 kids. Takes me all year! I try to do ht/wt at the same time. Our speech therapists have always been willing to help with the hearing. It really speeds up the process. We can get all of 11th grade done in about an hour, then that just leaves me with the re-checks, special ed and absent kids. Screenings are a very time consuming part of my job.
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    from acute care to school nursing

    :grpwlcm:You will learn a lot here. I know I do. Also, since school nursing cam be a bit isolated, you make "friends" here that are not from an education background. We bring something unique to the education setting. Enjoy your new job!
  13. I took the test in 1986. I don't think there was even the term "NCLEX" it was just State Boards. Wasn't that hard just LONG. Probably couldn't pass today because I haven't even worked in a hospital for 8 years and school nursing is a whole different animal, but it would be interesting to try.
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    Fall forcast

    We lost a handful of teachers, fortunately no nurses. They are cutting electives. Also got rid of quite a few instructional aides on the elementary level.
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    not sure of my niche

    Took me 17 years to find my niche! Get your education, get a job and look around. You will find what you love. Congrats on the scholarship!
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    Callin ALL School Nurses !

    August 26th. I'll probably be ready by then, but for now, I'm enjoying relaxing, cleaning the house and sleeping in!
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    $12.81 an hour - RN School Nurse

    Unfortunately, schools want to save money anywhere they can. If they can fill the position for $12.81/hr, they will. I worked as an assistant nurse before I got hired as a Certified School Nurse in my school-I made 15/hr-the position required an RN. Summers were hard with no pay, so was Christmas break. It's not fair, but like I said as long as they can get people to do it, mostly young moms or retired nurses, they will.
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    Hello my name is.......and I am OBESE

    Type 2 diabetic food lover here. For the past 2 weeks I have been following the South Beach diet. First time I have not been hungry. My only complaint is there is so much food preparation and cooking involved. I hope I can stick with this as it is truly a lifestyle change I need, not just a diet. I have probably lost 1,000 pounds over the last 25 years, 25-50 at a time, regaining that and then some each time. Good luck to all of you who are fighting the fight.
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    It waits 'til the last day!

    The seizure could have been a vaso-vagal sort of thing from being freaked about her wrist but anytime someone has seizure activity that has never had it before, they should be checked out by a doctor.
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    Help with Health Fair!

    Wow! When we did ours, all the presenters came for free. We had people come from the local hospital, the local pharmacy, a chiropractor, Highmark insurance, we had the elementary kids make "wellness" posters that the community could vote on. Pretty much the only money we spent was on posters for advertising, water/snacks for the presenters and extra custodial duties for the building we did it in. Maybe you could work off of that.
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    Do you have end of year reports for you state? I do those. I also make copies of anything that can start me off better for the next year. Clean out drawers and closets, defrost and scrub the fridge, take down the decorations. Make a list of 504 plans. Organize the health records that came from the middle school and double check all those immunizations. We have 6 days after the students this year because of all the days that had to be made up from the snowstorm. They let the kids get out on time and moved all our inservice days till the end of the year. Really not sure what I am going to do for 6 days. I will have a good book for sure!
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    Do you enjoy being a school nurse?

    I have to say, when I walked away from med-surg, I never looked back. School nursing is different from hospital nursing in so many ways, I feel like I switched careers. So much more of a relational component than in the hospital because you follow these kids and their families for years. It was difficult realizing that I was a nurse in an educational setting and find my place and respect there, but the teachers in my building are for the most part great and respect me. You will see postings of mine on here where I whine and complain, because this is a great place to do that. For the most part, though, it is the best job I have ever had. I must say with 1,000 students I do have down time but not enough to get bored. Then again, I have never been an adrenaline junkie.
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    How to approach the "stinky kid" encounter?

    When I worked in elementary, I would often go and speak to the entire 5th grade class. I wold talk about how their bodies are changing (not "the talk" just a stinky talk) and that they now needed to shower daily and wear deodorant. The ones we had the biggest problems with are the ones whose parents had poor hygiene, the others caught on and cleaned up their act. It was easier for me to address an entire group than single out one child.
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    Have you ever noticed ??

    "My teacher said if I wanted to sleep, I couldn't do it in class I had to come down here." Uh, no, you have to do it at night, not at all in school especially since I saw you in town last night looking just fine.
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    Meds that you give most often

    Don't forget insulin.