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pugmomrn has 17 years experience and specializes in LDRP/Nursery/Peds/Gyn, school nursing.

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    How to Do Sterile Vaginal Exams

    You know what? Even the most experienced OB nurses need to occasionally ask a colleague for a recheck...
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    Pandemic has hit Wisconsin!!! 3 little girls from the same class! (One of them is a frequent flyer who REALLY knows how to act it out; Other one is a frequent flyer who bounces in with a smile and says "my stomach hurts"; the other-- just a fluke.) And this is FIRST GRADE!! It'll be a looooooooonnnnnnnggggg day with this sub!:smackingf
  3. Quickbeam- what unit? I'll be on OB (and I'm returning to Aurora- great docs at the new hosp!!)
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    unhappy with school nursing

    But, alas, it's not where I want to spend my life. Coincidentally, I gave my notice just last week, and have 2 weeks left. I've decided to go back to my true love, OB. There's a brand-new hospital opening up nearby, and I'll be working a 0.5 pm/noc position. I thought that the school schedule would be more family-friendly, but I spend my evenings and weekends playing catch-up with groceries, housework, homework, etc etc etc. I grew up with a dad who hated his job, and a mom who spent her days at work and came home crabby. I don't want to set that example for my kids. We are fortunate to work in a profession that has such great flexibility. You gave school nursing a try. If your heart is in NICU and it will work for your family-- go for it!
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    unhappy with school nursing

    School nursing is definitely a unique area of nursing, and it varies so greatly from one district to the next. I tried it because of the hours/schedule, my desire to try community nursing, and my interest in the whole educational arena. School nursing offers independence, but the flip side of that coin is isolation. It is difficult being the only health care professional in the district-- all eyes fall to us. I've been fortunate to work in a really supportive district- the teachers are very appreciative of anything I've done. ctd. onto next post.
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    unhappy with school nursing

    testing (couldn't post a bit ago...)
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    Anyone else working on MLK day?

    I'm here!
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    How to Do Sterile Vaginal Exams

    You know, it's just one of those things you need to dive in and get the feel of. Heck- I still remember my first successful SVE like it was yesterday! Effacement is the trickiest to get, but it will come. You just need to practice. There should be a preceptor checking right behind you for a while, and then you can step back and say "what did you feel"? Good luck! I'm heading back into OB after a 2 year detour-- can't wait! (And I can measure any circular object with my fingers alone!!)
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    How to get Vision/Hearing Certification

    Prevent Blindness offers vision screening trainings-- contact your state chapter. I don't know if there is something more specific required in your state-- check with your State School Nurse Consultant in that case.
  10. When my little girl came home from school with a bandaid on her knee for the first time, I remember saying "Don't I at least get a note???" Then, I became a school nurse!!
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    Exp Dates

    Wow!! I didn't really notice that those were forks in the eyes- just assumed they were safety goggles of some sort.... Well, then- take my kid off your "no screen list"!! (I'd hate to see how you do hearing screens!!)
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    Sick of the same old game

    On the one hand, if the kid has nonspecific complaints, nothing I can put my finger on, and the teacher says the kid is just "off" today, I'll go ahead and call the parents. Maybe something is just starting to brew but there's no fever or vomiting... yet. (Or, parent will shed light on the fact that they were up wayyyyyy to early this morning, playing video games!) On the other hand, just before Xmas my daughter felt a little off- bit of congestion, slight headache- in the morning. I did what any good working mom does-- give her a dose of triaminic and send her off to school. When I picked her up at the end of the day, she burst into tears and said "I didn't go to the health room today because I knew I didn't have a fever, and I knew they wouldn't call you". WHAM!! Knife through the heart of her mother!! You just never know with these kids!! Hope today is better for you, Praiser!
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    unbelievable... in today's world

    You know, I started in nursing after AIDS came out to the world. I learned how to start IVs and draw blood with gloves on, and consider myself to be quite skilled- even with the hard sticks. I would never think of trying it without! I've also seen phlebs. do fancy things--ripping off certain fingers of their gloves for the "feel". Sorry dude- that's one mighty hole in your protective equipment!
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    Exp Dates

    firefightingRN-- LOL on the aed pads-- we could use them for waxing body hair, as so elegantly demonstrated in the AHA training video :) PS- Is that a self-portrait??
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    Exp Dates

    I've been going through my EpiPens this week, as a matter of fact. I heard somewhere that they can trade in an expired EpiPen for a new one, but can't find specific information about that (if it's through the manuf, a particular pharmacy, or an insurance company). Any of you know??
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    School Nurse Job Interview

    School nurse here- I'd advise to get a few good years of experience under your belt before you do school nursing. We really do work in a vacuum-- depending on what state you are in or how much the particular district values the position, one RN can be responsible for 750-2000 students. Oftentimes, there is no other nurse in the school, let alone the district. You really need to have a solid base of assessment skills and the confidence to problem-solve, advocate and sometimes even "wing it". School nursing is much more than just tending to boo boos and checking for lice!!