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coughdrop.2.go BSN, RN

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coughdrop.2.go has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing, Public Health Nurse.

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    Florida students self carrying own otcs

    Geez I can't tell you how many times I've had students tell me they took Advil/Ibuprofen because they have a stomach ache. No I don't mean menstrual cramps either. Some don't even know the the brand names and generic names let alone that Tylenol is in every other thing on the shelf. They took Dayquil that morning plus Tylenol for a headache and they Sudafed Cold+ for the congestion. Nope. Nope. Nope.
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    Alta bates medical center

    I've never worked at Alta Bates, however, I've very familiar with the hospital and the area. My nursing program is in partnership with Alta Bates so they share space up on the hill. -Unsafe area: Just because it's Oakland doesn't mean it's unsafe. Major eyeroll here. The hospital sits on a hill and it it's own island basically. -They pull you to other hospitals: I know nurses at both Alta Bates hospitals (Berkeley and Oakland) and I have never heard of someone being pulled off a floor in one hospital and being told to go to the other. You can take the shuttle in between, but driving might end up being a 45 min to hour drive with traffic. -Parking sucks: They built a whole new parking structure. It's awesome and so much more space. There's at least 4 parking garages. -The shuttle service is unreliable: For the 2 years I spent there in school I maybe had an issue with the shuttles a handful of times. I've gone back to my school for trainings several times and used the shuttle. Still reliable in my opinion. Overall, Alta Bates has been known to have issues, but what hospital doesn't? Honestly, I've heard more concerns from nurses over at Marin General. Alta Bates also has a new patient tower which is fantastic. Also, don't be late if you don't want to get yelled at.
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    Unemployment during the summer

    I worked as a Camp Nurse during the summer I didn't work. That would be a great option. Wasn't much, but paid the bills.
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    Seizure Care Plan for SPED student?

    Another great resource from the East Coast: Health, Dental, Emergency Care/Plans, FERPA
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    Teaching Breast Exam to High Schoolers.

    Do it! I was taught about it in high school (all girls catholic school!). The even gave us this awesome gel mold of a breast that had one lump you could feel and another you could only see if you held it up to the light to hit home that just because you can't feel it doesn't mean it's not there. Contact your local Breast Cancer Center (if available) to see if they have resources you can use or even freebies! Also... Breast Exam Ever - Mammary Self-Exam Card - Bilingual – I Heart Guts
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    Concussion Question

    I have had a student with a concussion and a fixed, constricted pupil in one eye only. It can happen. The brain is a fickle creature.
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    TB Testing

    Thank you so much and you're totally right that I can't account for the other facilities technique. The only exception I have made is if it's placed at our Public Health Clinic because I know that nurse and I will fill-in for her if we're closed for break. Plus I can easily look up the information in our EHR to confirm time and where placed.
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    No Respect

    Millennial here Before lumping us all in a stereotypical group, please remember what generation raised us Any who, this is where you appeal to the educators need to educate. Ask to sit down with teachers before the school starts and do an in-service on what you can and cannot do. Educate the educators is the best solution for most of our problems. Also, give them a quiz. Enforce the no cellphone or talking rules while you talk to them. Give them a power-point and a hand out. Also, keep track of theses teachers and what specifically they aren't getting about your position. Let them know they run the classroom and you run the nursing office.
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    It seems like everyone but nurses make more money

    As everyone else has stated, nursing income is variable. I have been a nurse for 3 years and I'm currently working as a Public Health Nurse making almost 100k in California. My friends who work in San Francisco (20 minutes away) are making $60-70/hour not including overtime and differential. However, I'm also paying $2100 a month to rent a two-bedroom condo and I have a friend paying $4500 for a studio in SF. Regardless, I'm happy. I make good money, I have better benefits than my friends on the floor, and I work a simple M-F 8-5.
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    Teaching topics

    I would throw in cyber safety 6. Cyber Safety
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    That's So Fetch! (Pink Wednesdays)

    It's Tuesday and I'm wearing my pink Minnie Mouse scrubs. Can I get extra credit? Especially since I'm still getting over a week long cold
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    TB Testing

    Hello all! I'm a RN working a School-based Health Center and we do TB skin testing as well as vaccines. A frequent concern that comes up is students coming to me to get their TB test read after they had it placed some where else (i.e. Public Health Dept. or PCP). Even if they have their paperwork with them, I will refuse to read a skin test placed elsewhere. I came here because my boss (who is a non-medical provider) does not appreciate that I turn away students because the previous nurse had no problem reading them from wherever; with or without paperwork. I politely let them know that they need to return to where they got it from or they can always get it done here for free. I cannot find any documentation on whether or not it's okay to read skin tests that a facility has placed themselves. Does anyone else have a clinic policy where you do not read TB skin tests from other providers and a rationale?
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    School nurse credentials in California

    In California, to obtain a Clear School Nursing Credential you must: -Verify possession of a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university -Verify possession of a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the State of California If your degree/university is not recognized by the California BRN then it wouldn't count. Also, some school districts may require a BSN anyway from my experience. Keep in mind, you also have to return to school to complete your credential so you must want to put in the work and time.
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    School Nurse "Holiday Wish List"

    I am a unicorn. Well...that's what my husband tell me. Don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing.
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    Off topic: 8 year old found out Santa doesn't exist

    Honestly, If my *future* kids stop believing at 4 I'm okay with that. It's not just about believing in Santa, it's about teaching them the spirit and purpose of Santa Claus. It's not just about gifts. Teach your kids why they should still be good and give even if they don't believe anymore. Christmas is bigger than believing in Santa.
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    Recovery couches

    Offtopicconfession I have that exact rainbow drawer thingie at home. I use it to organize my make-up. I'm horrible. Anyway, back on topic: I have two real twin beds and I hate them because they students love them so much. My last position I had this: Adjustable Headrest Couch - Chrome Steel Legs Adjustable headrest is nice for my heartburn and asthma kiddies. Forget the giant roll of paper. I just wiped it down after each kiddio. Currently, I have stretcher sheets which are like giant chux's to put over my beds that have regular sheets on them and white disposable pillow cases.