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MinnieMomRN

MinnieMomRN

Med-Surg; Telemetry; School Nurse pk-8
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MinnieMomRN specializes in Med-Surg; Telemetry; School Nurse pk-8.

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  1. MinnieMomRN

    31 more school days

    Me too! Boy this count really makes me happy!!
  2. MinnieMomRN

    Nasty Parents and This Opportunity to Vent

    We school nurses owe a huge thank you to Dr. Pollack and all his research which led the change in conventional wisdom. Here's one more interesting link -- an interview on NPR's All Things Considered. Dear Lice Guy: What's Bugging Me? : NPR
  3. MinnieMomRN

    Tired of kids coming to the nurse...

    I have a few frequent fliers who come in just because they need some TLC/psychosocial support. That's okay with me. It's 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' stuff that drives me up the wall -- of course I assess each time, talk to the teacher, and call mom & dad. I wish more parents were like you, lovinlife11, and want to solve the issue.
  4. MinnieMomRN

    EBP and school nursing

    post-concussion nursing care/protocol
  5. MinnieMomRN

    Tired of kids coming to the nurse...

    That line works for me too! :)
  6. MinnieMomRN

    How long shall I give this job?

    I have found that the acceptance of change in 'the way WE do things' to be slow in education. However, change is possible. It just takes patience and time. Additionally, I think the September is probably the worst month to be a school nurse. We are overwhelmed with paperwork (or lack there of in some instances), and very few in the building understand what we do. As Rodney Dangerfield used to say, "I get no respect". Or at least that's the way it feels some days. Take heart, you are not alone. Every September I wonder what the heck I've gotten myself into, but by mid-October it has all fallen into place. Hang in there!
  7. MinnieMomRN

    Another soiled clothing vent

    Yes, it's begun again this year. I've already had the teacher of the Pre-K age 3 classroom pull me out of a meeting for a 'crisis'. That crisis was that she had three kids who had messed their pants, and she couldn't find the janitor. Of course, thinking that maybe we might have a GI bug circulating, I asked if the kids seemed ill. Were the BM's loose, watery or foul-smelling. "No, they are normal", she answered, "I just need someone to clean up the bathroom and the school secretary can't find the janitor, so I got you"! No... I did NOT stay and clean her bathroom.
  8. MinnieMomRN

    When a patient states "something isnt right..."

    Yup. Listen, fully assess, monitor, and document like heck!
  9. MinnieMomRN

    How do you answer this question?

    That question always comes at the end of an interview. Earlier in the interview you should have asked them what are the challenges particular to their school and what specific needs are they looking for the school nurse to address. Then your answer to the 'why should we hire you' question is easy to answer. You simply highlight your skills and demonstrate how you have the acumen to address their challenges. Good luck. The day I left hospital nursing was the happiest day in my career. ~Minnie
  10. MinnieMomRN

    Nursing is slavery Period!!!

    I can't argue with you. I felt the same way when I worked in the hospital. I now work 2 jobs -- one at a Pedi's office, and the other as a school nurse. I love BOTH jobs, and I no longer dread going to work.
  11. MinnieMomRN

    1st grader and his inhaler

    The MD does not think the child is self-directed, and cannot self-administer. That's the part I'd cling to. You need to know the medication delegation law for your state, and that will determine how you can handle the situation. Mom/Dad can want what they want, but in the end it's what your state medication delegation law allows. Under IDEA (federal law), no child can be excluded and accommodations must be made at the school's expense. If the MD says the child cannot self-administer, and if your state does not allow delegation of an inhaler to non-licensed personnel, it's cut and dry. In my experience, whenever I've had to make a call that others didn't like, I've printed put the law and given it as a backup to whomever is asking me for something inappropriate. As always in nursing, CYA...
  12. MinnieMomRN

    the flu

    Here in MA we've had a few patients + flu in the Pedi's office where I work, but I've not seen it in the school. *Fingers Crossed*
  13. MinnieMomRN

    Kind of pathetic I have a "vent" and I haven't even gotten the job yet

    Or decides to be Superman and fly from the top of the slide. (True story of an open fracture)
  14. MinnieMomRN

    Blue or white collar?

    Wait... scrubs have collars?
  15. The ability to let things roll off your back, and leave whatever craziness went on during your shift at the time clock when its time to punch out and go home.
  16. MinnieMomRN

    Do you have family members who are nurses?

    I have 3 cousins, my sister, and my sister-in-law who are nurses. According to family history, 2 great-grandmothers were country midwives. That's just who I could think of off the top of my head. I can't say that it knowingly influenced my career choice, but now you have me wondering if there is something more going on here... Very interesting Purple Scrubs!