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    PG Supplies and Educator Kits arrived

    I finally got my box o tampons! Does anyone remember when orders were placed/due? I want to put it in my calendar so I don't forget next year!
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    Bad week

    I have been feeling this SO MUCH lately! I even had to have a special meeting with the principals on Friday to express my concerns that the students are visiting my office so frequently for completely unnecessary things. Some things I've tried: (1) educating the students about appropriate use of class time (not effective), (2) what type of symptoms I can help with and which typically go away "on their own" (not effective), (3) telling students to come back later if the symptoms don't resolve (this is 50/50 effective), (4) refilling the classroom first aid kits and having a 1-on-1 convo with each teacher about what the kit can be used for (not effective); (5) emailing parents and advisor when a student comes 2+ times per week, with exception of for tampons or cough drops, (somewhat effective). Things I'm going to start trying: (1) education to teachers during professional development day RE what to send to the nurse, (2) sending kids immediately back to class for an unnecessary visit, and emailing the teacher to let them know, (3) sending out a Nurse Visit Guidelines Email, as many of us have discussed here over the years. (This is my first year as SN) I KNOW THIS ALL SOUNDS HARSH, but I see 30 students daily in a school of about 200. The kids have a combination of no critical thinking skills, the desire escape class early and often, and teachers who are too busy to triage. I'll let you know how it all goes!
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    Body Image Sessions for MS

    Hi everyone! I've been tasked with putting together a positive body image session for 7th and 8th grade girls (at the last minute!). Last year, the 7th graders watched a YouTube clip from the Super Bowl and scrolled through the nasty comments about the female performers' bodies. I'd like to update it with something more recent - have you seen any good examples of body shaming on social media or media in general? I searched clips from the Grammys, facebooks of the Kardashians, plus sized models, and everyone I could think of that tends to get negative comments on social media, and SHOCKINGLY, the comments are all mostly positive. For 8th graders we are watching a YouTube clip of people reading each other their negative self talk, having a discussion, and creating mantras for positive self talk. (These are the same kids that would have done the Super Bowl activity last year).
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    C'Mon Now!

    It's final's week and a student just visited me mid-class period. For lotion. (Me: are you taking a final right now? Her: yes, but I'm done... why? Are kids not allowed to see you during finals? Me: They are, but not for lotion) She spent like 5 minutes lotioning her legs.
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    C'Mon Now!

    Haha! You should sign your email: Can't wait to hear back, DeadSea (sometimes I passive aggressively sign my emails "Talk Soon" to parents who, ahem, over communicate)
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    C'Mon Now!

    Principal, with 20+ years education experience, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees: "Little Johnny is fine, no fever." Me: "How do you know?" Principal: "I felt his forehead." Me: .... This happens about once per week. Either febrile or afebrile based on their magical hand sensors.
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    Sex/Growth Ed for Middle School

    I'm really trying to avoid saying it myself lol. But I will if I must.
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    Vomit Emergency

    I just had a convincing student go straight from my office to the principal's office, where she flopped on the coach and immediately fell asleep (or "asleep." who knows). I got called down to re-assess. No fever, HA only symptom. She has 22 visits this year, almost all during same class... this period. SO ANNOYING. The principal doesn't "know her patterns" haha
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    Sex/Growth Ed for Middle School

    Thank you! I just watched all the videos you sent. I have seen that one series before and I like the #3 video on STI and contraceptives, but none of the videos actually say what sex *is*. I feel the rest of the info could be confusing without the basic explanation.
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    Sex/Growth Ed for Middle School

    also... for a little laugh:
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    Sex/Growth Ed for Middle School

    Thank you all for your great suggestions! I am finally almost done pulling everything together (must finish before winter break so I don't have to think about it!). One quick question: does anyone have a good video that explains exactly what sex is? I am worried that I'm putting the cart before the horse by introducing condoms, when some 8th graders might really not quite understand what sex is (the past couple years there was no program for the middle schoolers, so they are all at different levels of understanding/experience). Event the condom/STI video I found only states that STIs can be contracted through "sexual contact between vagina/penis, mouth...etc..." but doesn't exactly say what that contact is. I remember when I was young having "sex ed" that glossed over what exactly sex *is* and left me really confused, so I don't want to do that to these kids!
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    The mid-day blues.

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    Help Please!

    I agree with so much of what others have said. I also have a similar work history to you; I worked bedside (but for much shorter time- only 1 year!), and disliked the work, didn't feel fulfilled, felt stressed and wanted something that challenged me in a way other than just how fast I could pass meds. 1. I love the shorter days, being on the same schedule as my husband, having all weekends/holidays and summers off. I like working independently in my office (no aide), and basically being the manager of my "department," and I like having my own office and being able to set it up and run it to my standards. I like the combination of running an office (ordering, communicating with attendance and teachers), clinical care (actual pt visits), and education/program development (developing a new sex ed program, helping to update policies manual, helping teach health classes occasionally). My bosses (two principals and a superintendent) are totally supportive and allow me to basically run my office and programs as I see fit. I like the emphasis on education rather than just medications, and the time to do it. I feel really fulfilled with my work. I dislike the "stigma" of school nursing, or the fear that other healthcare professionals will see me as "less" of a nurse than, say, a critical care nurse or even a hospice nurse. I dislike the pay cut, but it's NOT as much as you might originally calculate because of all the time off and the opportunity to p/u work during breaks and summer. I get annoyed with the teachers or the front desk for sending me students for no reason, or making tiny issues into an emergency. I dislike hunting parents down for immunization records - this is literally my only real stress with SNing... that parents are SO bad about turning health records in, and it is a big part of our job to ensure they do. I worry that when I have kids, it will be hard/expensive to keep this job and pay for daycare. 2. Typical day is about 15-20 student visits (in a middle-high school with about 400 students), including about 5 scheduled meds/treatments, and a few "frequent flyers" with mystery symptoms; a lot of anxiety presenting physically and a lot of lingering colds that feel like the end of the world to the students... so basically a lot of education! The rest of my time is emailing, calling parents, making sure meds are complete and everything is UTD, preparing field trip backpacks, monthly AED and fire alarm checks, working on developing my upcoming programs, coordinating with other departments to set up hearing screenings or cross-departmental education (eg I guest teach an anatomy class each semester, give a presentation on drugs, give a PTO presentation on anxiety). I work get in around 7:40, open the office at 7:55 (school starts at 8am), and close up/go home around 3:30-3:45. I don't take a "lunch" but I am alone in my office so I just eat when I want and take breaks as needed. I even have a weight in here so I can do some exercises in my down time - haha! When it's super quiet, I watch educational youtubes or read MedScape articles. 3. I would have really benefited from a one-day orientation that gave the basics of the SN responsibilities, best practices, and common interventions. I basically had to figure it all out on my own. Not horrible, but certainly challenging and could have been a smoother transition. 4. If you can afford it, I would take the SN job.
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    "Miss, I'm Dying" the musical

    I've has a week-long showing of "Finals are coming and I might be dying." It's not going over well with the critics.
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    As seen on TV

    To second this, my favorite is when TV shows have doctors ambulating, toileting or placing IVs for patients, fluffing pillows or giving discharge instructions then walking the patient out, instructing laboring women on breathing. It's funny... but it's also adds to the confusion and frustration pts have when they only see a MD once per day for 5 minutes, or when your OBGYN shows up at the last minute JUST in time to pull the baby out. SMH