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jnemartin BSN, RN

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    Countdown to SUMMER!

    I'm in AZ. If it makes you feel better, We started the FIRST WEEK in August (with orientation starting last few days of July). It was painful. Admin is pushing our start-day back one week next SY
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    Nosebleeds

    Great resource! Simple and clear!
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    Nosebleeds

    I had a student who asked if she could lie down. Um, no.
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    Nosebleeds

    Haha! Yes, this is sort of why I brought this up! Typically I give instruction and have them manage it in my office until the bleeding has stopped - but most often the bleeding has stopped by the time they arrive. The kids want to linger and I'm not sure why. I have tried to think of all angles; of course they may be avoiding class, but they also may be embarrassed to have a nosebleed in class, or the teacher may be freaked out by a few drops of blood, and escalate the situation by demanding they run to the nurse. Two situations made me rethink my approach. First was a 7th grader with a nosebleed that started after school and had stopped by the time she got to my office. She wanted to linger and, selfishly, I wanted to go home! Ultimately I observed her for 10 minutes (no bleeding) and sent her on her way with tissues. The second case was a 12th grader who had an extraordinarily long nosebleed - upwards of 40 minutes off and on. After about 20, I considered sending her back to class because she was missing so much instruction, but didn't want her to be embarrassed by bleeding in class. It's that "season" now, and I'm considering changing up my approach of letting them stay so long. But I'm so interested to hear how everyone else manages!
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    What to do for Itchy Students

    At the beginning of the school year, mosquito bites was one of my most common office visit complaints. I'm talking 10% of all office visits. This is my first year as a SN, and the office was already stocked with "sting relief pads," so I simply gave those out. I did myself a disservice, though, because 3+ visits per day for mosquito bites is not a good use of my time or the students' class time. I'm in a warm-weather state and now that it's sufficiently warm and the mosquitoes are back, I am directing kids to stop scratching, and wash in restroom with soap/water.
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    C'Mon Now!

    Today is a special testing day, so all the kids basically have a free period for the last 30 minutes of school. It is now 2:50PM, 10 minutes before last bell. A teacher who is also a parent of a student comes up to me as I'm chasing a kid down the hall for his daily med and says "Oh, I just sent LD up to see you!" me: ... teacher/parent: She's not feeling well. Me: How so? teacher/parent: Oh, just generally not great. Me: Ok. well I have to go give this med. Will you be able to take her home right when school is over (in 8 minutes, at this point). her: Oh, yeah! Me: ... facepalm.
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    When to tell Principals I'm pregnant!

    I recently learned I am pregnant and will be about 15 weeks by the last day of school. My EDD is Nov 16. I plan to tell my family in the beginning of May. Should I tell my boss I'm pregnant at the end of the school year, or come in during the summer and let her know? We have 2 teachers who are pregnant right now, and everyone is very kind and supportive. I just don't want them stressing out all summer about coverage when I take mat leave
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    When to tell Principals I'm pregnant!

    True. RE coverage (this is a bit of drama, but here goes): my "sub nurse" is a parent of a current student, and I have had reports of her being unprofessional while subbing for me. Specifically breaking HIPAA by disclosing information about student visits to other students and staff. So, I talked with my principal about it and now when I am out (usually only for half days or on Fridays when it's slower anyways) the principal or front desk lady fills in for me - so basically RX meds only and if there's any issue the kid's parents get called. They have not made any move to hire a new back-up. It sucks for me, because I feel like I'm on-call when I'm actually off, but I have to train myself to simply check-out when I'm on PTO. Anyways, it will be very interesting to see how they handle my mat leave. I intend to take every single day, as this is my first baby and I don't have any family nearby to help.
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    When to tell Principals I'm pregnant!

    Thanks for your replies! I was leaning towards telling her shortly after I tell my family, but I just don't want to rock the ship. Although I must admit, I did consider how funny it would be if I didn't say anything, and returned from summer break 7 months pregnant LOL (I wouldn't really do that but still - LOL)
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    C'Mon Now!

    just now (13 minutes of class/school left) Student: The left side of my jaw hurts. Me: When did that start? Student: just now, like one minute ago. Me: What class are you in? Student: Math Me: Go back to Math.
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    PG Supplies and Educator Kits arrived

    I work at a combined middle and high school. This is my first year, and they sent me thin pads, tampons, and educational pamphlets. The "left overs" from previous years were packages with a pamphlet, pad and tampon, and packets with just edu booklets and stickers, and deodorants. I didn't get any deodorants this year, or anything at all for boys.
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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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    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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    Body Image Sessions for MS

    Why would this not be real? I'm surprised at this reply because I sense rudeness/sarcasm, and that's never been my experience with asking for help on this board before. While I didn't provide all details, I do think my OP gives a decent picture of the format and objective of a "positive body image session... for girls." This is my first year as a school nurse, but this is a program they've offered for the past 5 years, so I don't think it's that cutting edge. I think a lot of other schools roll this in to puberty/sex ed. The school counselor lead these sessions in the past, but she's got too much on her plate so I'm taking over. The school is a private secular school. A "Positive Body Image" session is a psychosocial intervention aimed at promoting emotional/mental health. In the past, how it's been conducted is the girls look at some images or video clips and discuss how peers/media/social media impacts their body image, self talk, and other pressures/stresses/observations they have about body image and self image in general. Then they discuss healthy/positive self talk, and do some sort of uplifting activity. In the past there was a flimsy equivalent of this offered to the boys, but not this year (maybe in the future but it was too last minute and I had to make everything from scratch). here's an example, and actually the general idea I'm going with for 8th graders: •https://youtu.be/_3agBWqGfRo
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    No Nursing Shortage At The Present Time

    Tiffany, you make a really good and interesting point. Different way of looking at the issue and - for my sake (nursing student) - I HOPE you're right!!
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    How To Get a Job As a New Grad Nurse

    thank you for this article! I am currently preparing to apply to accelerated BSN programs (already have a BA), and currently work as a social worker. My job is to assist unemployed or underemployed people find work... and this article basically sums up all the suggestions I give my job-seeking clients. Finding work is a full time job and there are some age-old tips that truly never fail, all of which you have mentioned here: 1. Network - talk to your professors, mentors, classmates, clinical coworkers and insructors 2. Volunteer - for many nurses or son-to-be nurses this "volunteer" experience may come in the form of clinicals, but if you have time, try to branc out into another area that offers volunteering. Currently I volunteer for Hospice, which is a great opportunity to hone bedside manner 3. Follow Up - As the author mentioned, you absolutely CANNOT just send your resume out into the ether and cross your fingers. Make contact with the specific person in charge of hiring, or have someone put a word in for you. Once you do make contact, continue to follow up with your new contact, as the author spectacularly described (thank you notes, little emails here and there and drop ins to say hello!) 4. Finally, STAY FOCUSED. The author did a phenomenal job of setting specific goals. Check out the "SMART" goals method, if you need help organizing your employment plan. Again, thanks for the article from a nurse's perspective. Being a prospective nurse and a current "Job Developer/Employment Specialist," i wholeheartedly agree :)
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