k1p1ssk BSN, RN

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    Substitute School Nurse interview

    It really depends on where you are looking to work and what you mean by certified... There is board certification through NBCSN - this requires a bachelor's degree, RN License, and school health work hours. This is just like being board certified in ...
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    BP Cuffs - standard or electronic

    I almost always do a manual on the littles - they're just so wiggly and the electronic cuffs are not great with wiggles. The bigger kids who can follow clear instructions I'll often use the electronic cuff so I can keep talking to them while I am doi...
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    Adults Taking Advantage....

    I have probably complained about this here before, but I am yet again at the end of my rope with the adults in my building taking advantage of having a nurse at their disposal night and day; There are the daily "What do you think about this rash?" or...
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    field day

    Our field day is at the school, and the whole school is out at the same time, so I set up a chair and bring the essentials down - a cooler with ice packs, antiseptic wipes and bandaids, gloves, and tissues, and then my emergency bag with epi-pens, sp...
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    Adults Taking Advantage....

    Unfortunately, we don't have all-staff meetings and a majority of the offenders are classroom aides, so they wouldn't hear the messaging... The faculty are actually really good about boundaries, for the most part... and their questions are less about...
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    Summer School School nursing

    Webinars! Brainstorming/creating bulletin boards (you could get materials for several boards ready and file them away until you're ready to put them up over the course of the year!)! Think about office flow and try to imagine how to fix any common pr...
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    That's So Fetch! (Pink Wednesdays)

    Me too! I wore a dusty rose t-shirt; I'm on a scrubs strike right now - too hot!! After today, we've only got 5.5 days left!!
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    New Nurse

    The general consensus here is that it is best to hone your assessment skills in some other sort of pediatric care setting before jumping in to school nursing. It is an incredibly autonomous position and while it is possible to do well jumping right i...
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    Who's almost done???

    We're out 6/16 - a half day as well. These last 23 days can't finish up soon enough!!
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    C'Mon Now!

    In the middle of a medical shelter in place (called over the intercom to all classrooms - only done during a medical emergency when EMS is called) a teacher emailed me, the Admin asst, and principal, asking if we "had a minute" to cover her classroom...
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    Happy School Nurses Day!

    Came in to some belated goodies from my Principal and Admin Asst. - a plant, cards, and some pastries! A former school nurse (whom I've never even met!) also dropped off some very nice lotion for me and a card, too!
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    Happy School Nurses Day!

    💗 I am also wearing pink; I just received some new floral KN95s and felt like it was the perfect day to start wearing them! From my school, I got some fresh picked flowers from a colleague and 2 positive pools. Happy School Nurse's Day...
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    Back Up for Insulin Injections

    OK, while his diagnosis is still relatively new, he is of an age where he does need to start taking responsibility. He is an adolescent who (if he hasn't already) will be wanting to be more and more independent - are the parents going to follow him e...
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    School RN through agency or district?

    In my area, schools typically only use agencies to staff 1:1 nurses and for temp & per-diem positions. All of the full and part time school nurses are generally hired by the district and the FTs make a salary rather than an hourly rate. Most offe...
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    Back Up for Insulin Injections

    Insulin admin cannot be delegated in my state and it is so tightly regulated in my state, that we had a policy on the inpatient pedi unit I worked on where all insulin doses had to be double checked by another RN on the unit and co-signed in the eMAR...
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    That's So Fetch! (Pink Wednesdays)

    I skipped my usual all-pink today because it's Star Wars Day and as an avid Star Wars Fan, I am decked out in merch - tshirt, sweatshirt, and socks, all SW themed! I even put my hair in mini space buns! BUT, my socks are hot pink with the Rebel insig...
  17. Looking to hear from others at the ES/MS level about lunch room rules surrounding eating. We have a group of 5th/6th grade girls who do not eat very much at lunch - a granola bar, bag of fruit snacks, or a cookie, and that's it. They will often compl...
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    Elementary/Middle School Lunch Guidance

    I agree; I have always felt very uncomfortable with this plan - I myself have (self-diagnosed) trauma surrounding being forced to eat when I didn't like the food or when I just wasn't hungry... It's seriously given me lifelong, lasting difficulties s...
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    School nurse interview

    That is an odd question... are the rest of the questions health focused? This almost feels like it was accidentally copy & pasted from a teacher interview form referring to a group of students within a classroom (or a class cohort in the MS/HS le...
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    What do you do when parents scream at you?

    If I suspect a parent is going to be irate, I will occasionally try to plan the call so that another staff person can be present - whether it be the principal, adjustment counselor, SpEd liaison, or admin asst. I'll make the call on speaker phone and...
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    What are off-limit medications for school setting?

    If a parent is ever asking me to do something that seems unnecessary, I usually ask them to provide me with a doctor's note giving a medical justification for why it needs to be done in school. And "because its more convenient" is not a medical reaso...
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    Supply Storage

    My office is rather large for my population, so I have a counter and sink in my office with cabinets and drawers that are full, as well as on top of the cabinets. Because of all of the PPE for COVID, I bought one of those metal shelving units from am...
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    Great School Nurse Day gifts???

    Not sure of the budget, but a massage or mani/pedi gift certificate would be 🔥 A "self-care kit" might be nice! Bath bombs, face masks, body scrub, candles, oil diffusers, TEAS and a mug... Also would love a good Yeti thermos or a nurse-th...
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    Do you have a separate office space where you can shut to the door to speak with someone/assess? Or simply ask her to step out so you can speak to whomever privately? It may be best to simply bring it to her attention that she is inserting hers...
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    What Does My 2022-2023 Wishlist Need?

    calamine lotion, scent-less regular lotion, Splinter-Outs, tooth necklaces, vaseline, eye wash, aloe vera gel, Zanful poison ivy cream! Those are the treatments I use the most - maybe you've already put those on your general first aid list. ...