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mustlovepoodles RN

OB/GYN, Peds, School Nurse, DD
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mustlovepoodles is a RN and specializes in OB/GYN, Peds, School Nurse, DD.

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    A Valuable Lesson

    Well, I'm late to the party but I wanted to share my own experience with you all. I have been an RN for 38 years, and a mother for 29 years. Most of my nursing experience has been with adults, mothers & babies and pediatrics. At home, another job was waiting for me. My husband became fully disabled with lung & heart disease, one son was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety, my daughter was diagnosed with depression and an autoimmune disorder, and my youngest son is severely intellectually impaired and has seizures. My youngest son is a big, strapping young man, 6'3", with the mind of a 1 year old. He needs full assistance with pretty much everything. He can walk, but cannot talk. In fact, he's prone to eloping so he needs almost constant supervision. He's fully a foot taller than me and strong as any man. So, about five years ago, I realized that my back was just about to the wall. It took us about a year to get the state to agree to full funding for him. We approached an agency that provides host homes for DD clients. A host home, if you don't already know, is one which is owned by the caregiver. The client pays a set amount of room & board and lives with the family as a boarder. We liked this model better than a group home because of DSs high need for supervision. It took us about another 9 months to find the exact right home for him, with a wonderful family who had already been doing this for several years. We placed him there when he was 17; his caregivers welcomed him with open arms and fully blended him into their extensive family. Now, here's where my personal life and professional life crossed paths. The agency did not have a nurse on staff at the time, so they asked me if I would do training with my son's potential caregivers. Well, of course I would! I spent about 3 hours with the family, teaching them all about how to feed him, trip train him, deal with seizures, and ways to keep him safe. I wrote it all up and submitted the document. About a week later, the agency called me and asked for my resume. I started out prn, doing training with caregivers and within a couple months we all agreed that this was a much bigger job. I joined the company and the rest is history. I have about 75 clients who live all over the state. I believe that what I bring to the table is my experiences on both sides of the bed, so to speak. Without my broad nursing experience I would not be able to provide the kind of nursing support that many of these clients need (about 75% of our clients are over 45, so they're starting to develop those chronic illnesses typical of that age group.) On the other hand, I've been the mother of a severely DD child and children with mental health issues which are also common to DD clients. As a younger nurse I would not have been able to do this job. It never occurred to me in a million years that I could go to work with a non-profit agency, but I absolutely love it. I love going out on home visits to see about my clients and do training with their caregivers. I love interacting with and training their social workers too. In fact, I love working for an agency where every single staff member is working toward providing our clients and caregivers with the best and safest living experience possible. This is the most fun job I've ever had!
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    I think I'm being used as a pawn

    I agree with you. Tread very carefully here. I would absolutely NOT go against this doctor's supervisor. Everyone is expendable, especially the brand new nurse. Fairly early in my career I got myself into hot water by allowing myself to become an unwitting pawn in a power war between L&D and the postpartum unit. Looking back on it, I can clearly see how my supervisor egged me on and being the younger new nurse, I went along with it. Suffice to say, I didn't make any friends and I caused a LOT of animosity. Thankfully, I was only there 1 year and I was able to move on and remake my reputation at a new hospital. Lesson learned!
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    Do you tell people where you work?

    I do. I work for a non-profit that does foster care and placement of persons who have developmental disabilities. I've never had anyone make an unkind comment about my job.
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    Would you do this?

    Absolutely, I would too! Here in GA we do have some legislation that protects us. Unfortunately, we do not have an epi-pen stocked in every school. But we have a parent who has graciously allowed us to keep one of her epi-pens in the box where our AED is. If we have to use it, of course, the school will have to pay to replace it. But that's small potatoes, IMO
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    When parents should keep their child home.

    Good luck with that. In my school that flyer would be universally ignored. Parents know what the rules are, they just feel free to interpret them any way they please. The rules are always for someone else. Just today I had a boy come to me with strong symptoms of strep throat. Said he had missed school yesterday with teh same symptoms of strep throat. Called his mom--she confirmed it all. Seriously? Why would you send your child to school who is obviously miserable, whe you think he may have strep throat? Answer: He has Boy Scouts that meets there after school. She didn't want him to miss it. and before I could stop myself I said, "So you thought it was a good idea to expose 90 other boys rather than take your son to the doctor?" I shamed her into taking that kid to the doctor--she picked him up within the hour.
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    End of life "gibberish" - are we missing something?

    My grandfather spoke the number "gibberish" during the last hours of his life. What I found out later is that he had been a supervisor in the boiler rooms at the local shipyard in his young adult years and his job entailed checking gauges all day. So I think perhaps he was checking his final gauges before his soul left this earth. Made more sense after I had that little piece of information.
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    Musculoskeletal Injuries

    I think you are describing a pretty common experience among school nurses. I worked in a middle school before I transferred to elementary and I have to say, middle schoolers were waaaaaay worse about complaining over every little non-existant boo-boo than my 5yr olds are. Wah, wah, wah! All day long. Ooooh, the drama of it all. It got so bad that the principal decreed that ice packs could not leave the clinic--those buggers were using the ice as weapons to throw at each other, leaving big slippery puddles everywhere. So I had to get serious about it. My rule was ice packs are issued only for injuries sustained in teh past 24 hours WITH evidence of swelling or bruising. No bruising? no ice pack, mister. You get a cold wet paper towel and back to class you go. Those who need an ice pack are required to sit quietly in the clinic with me, listening to my Beethoven CD for 10 minutes. That alone discouraged some of my kids! Range of motion can be tricky. I always test range of motion on the uninjured side first. Well, that's not entirely true. I actually take a wrist, elbow, ankle into each hand, with my eyes focused on teh UNinjured joint. I gently feel around the joints to see if there is anything obvious. I set my gaze on the uninjured joint and talk to that joint while I'm manipulating BOTH joints at the same time. It's pretty amazing how this sleight of hand works. MAny, many times the "injured" joint is fully cooperative as long as I'm talking to the uninjured joint. Of course, now and then something slips by me, but generally I have a pretty good BS detector. Good luck. Middle school nursing isn't for wimps!
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    Another soiled clothing vent

    Hah! I know just what you mean. I actually had a little girl look at the tag in the clothing and turn her nose up! Apparently they were a designer brand family. I told her this isn't Macy's. She could either wear the pants or go naked. She chose the pants. At my school, we keep a large supply of extra pants, skirts, shirts, and some underwear. It's much easier to just deal with it than to waste time tracking down their apparently non-exisistent parents who have no working numbers, figure out which language they're speaking, and wait for the parents to saunter up to the front door with shorts and panties in hand. My goodness, that whole procedure can easily take 45 min to 4 hours!~ I find the kids something that will do. Sometimes there's no underwear--tough noogies, kids. It's rare that we get the clothes back, but I really can't get too worked up about that. We serve a very impoverished population and we're a uniform school. Some of our kids wear the same pants & shirt & socks every single day. I can only imagine what their undies look like. The clothes we give out are almost always hand-me-downs acquired from the teachers or the thrift store. So if they decide to "forget" that they borrowed some clothes, well, i just overlook it.
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    My Encounter With A Health Room Sub

    This is where I got my diabetes training video. Look at "Diabetes Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know." It comes with a power point and a DVD. I dispensed with teh power point because the DVD is so good. There are 13 segments and it only takes about 35-40 min to see the entire video(if you skip the credits.) I have had very good response from the teachers who viewed the DVD, lots of good questions too.
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    What do you bring to eat?

    I work in a school. Even though lunch is only $3.50, that translates to $17.50/week or $70/month. Some of the staff orders out, but that's even more expensive at about $7 a pop. Since I don't want to part with that much money I just bring my own lunch. I bring leftovers, soup & crackers, big salad or a sandwich, plus at least 1 fruit, often 2. The microwave is my friend. My one concession is buying a Diet Coke which I sip on pretty much all day.
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    Accuse of plagiarism

    Ouch! That had to hurt. I think I would just stand up and take the punishment. You're right, it was an accident and you had a lot of stressful things going on. You weren't paying attention and you made a mistake. You aren't the first and you won't be the last. Even though the plagiarism was inadvertent, it was plagiarism just the same. Rather than backing down, I think you need to hang in there. What's the worst they can do, kick you out of the program? MAybe they will and maybe they won't. You will gain nothing by quitting prematurely. Perhaps after listening to your side of it they will be inclined to go lenient with you. I'm sure they will watch you like a hawk from now on--just the cost of staying in the program. I would be careful about changing schools because that plagiarism charge is going to follow you and may prevent you from getting in to another program. I think your chances of sticking it out are higher with the program you're already in. Best of luck to you.
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    My Encounter With A Health Room Sub

    Yike! That makes my hair stand on end! makes me doubly appreciate my front office . Do you have anyone else in the school who has been trained in diabetes care? I have one newly diagnosed 5th grade diabetic. I made it a requirement that all 6 of his teachers watch a Diabetes Awareness video, as well as a principal and one of the front office staff. The child's main teacher has been an unwilling participant from the word go, so i tapped one of our 1st grade teachers to be trained in the specifics of diabetes care. She had a diabetic child last year who was very labile and I have a lot of confidence in her ability to be on top of things. Sheesh, i would be mad has heck if a sub came into my clinic and didn't do a better job than your sub did:yawn:
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    What works for you as a door sign?

    Same here. It doesn't seem to matter what kind of sign there is on the door. If I dont' lock the door, kids will barge right on in. And if the door is locked they will turn the knob, beat on the door, and whine plaintively through the lock.
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    Chicken pox

    Both of my younger kids got chicken pox from 1 to 8 years after their varicella vaccination. Neither of them were particularly sick with it and the bumps they had didn't look all that blistery. DS had them only under his shirt--take off his clothes, he looked like he was wearing a polka dot undershirt. DD had them on her back and chest. She came to me complaining about acne. When she showed me her bumps, there was no doubt it was chicken pox. Unfortunately, this was the day AFTER my husband was released from 10 days in CCU after suffering septic shock! Yowsa! I trotted DD up to the doctor faster than you can blink. Sure enough, chicken pox. Thankfully, DH managed. But about a year later he broke out in shingles (the guy can't get a break!)
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    More Proof That Surgeons Are HUGE JERKS!

    I've known a few surgeons who I'd like to buy at my price and sell at theirs. :cheers: The surgeon who felt me up in the cafeteria line(I kid you not!) The surgeon who took every opportunity to corner me in the med room and made up sexy names for me. Oh, yeah, those were the days...not! The surgeon who reconstructed my thumb was a First Class Jerk who I nearly had to tackle to ask any questions. However, he was a superb technician and I decided to keep him. (He took my hand from 30% function and constant pain, to 90% function and NO pain! I love that man, even if he is a jerk!) My latest surgeon took my gallbladder out in May. He was AWESOME. I've never met such a nice doctor. Really caring, answered all my questions. And when I called because I had a minor complication, he reassured me that I didn't have to "be in charge"--he didn't make me feel like an idiot for calling. Hopefully, I won't need any more surgery but if I do, I know who I'm calling!
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    Loose teeth letter - thought I'd share...

    I'm not so sure it's just a ploy to get out of class. Nothing worries a child more than having a wiggly tooth at school. And they're doubly upset if there's blood(which there always is!) I don't pull teeth--I didn't pull my own kids' teeth, not even my severely mentally handicapped child. They're on their own for that part. When kids come to the clinic with a bloody tissue in their mouth, I give them a small piece of gauze and send them to the restroom to try to wiggle it out. If it's not out within 2-3 min, I have them wash their hands and send them back to class. Before they go I dig out my batch of tooth necklaces and I make a show of putting one in my desk drawer "just for you". I invite the child to come back later if the tooth comes out, but they're not allowed to come back just to wiggle it again. I figure I'd rather look at the teeth than pass it up. It's not like I'm seeing a dozen per day. Besides, it gives me a chance to get a good look at the health of their mouths.