cynmrn

cynmrn

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  1. You is Tired, You is Broke, You is a School Nurse !

    Tomorrow's the last day of school! It's a half day! Today is field trip madness, so only fourth graders in my 4-7 school...here's hoping it will mean less madness.
  2. New Nurse; To start a New IV or not?

    This is what I usually do. Then, I continue to closely assess the IV site to make sure nothing is going wrong. Chances are, though, if an IV is starting to really bother a patient, it is going to go bad (in my anecdotal experience) and I often regr...
  3. Who's Left ??

    We're June 16th! Can't wait!
  4. ticks, concussions, and fractures, Oh My!

    Ugh! Just yesterday, one of my secretaries fell and fractured both wrists! Last week, huge gash from eyebrows to hairline in the middle of a kiddo's forehead, teeth through a lip, etc. Kiddo with a bee allergy got stung in the neck (supposedly), d...
  5. I made a mistake... anyone left?

    I definitely understand the feeling--this has happened to me a few times and each time, I've felt just as terrible and second-guessed my judgment. I'm glad the parent was understanding--I've had the opposite more often than not. Sometimes, the signs...
  6. Single Mom - How soon after ADN should I pursue a BSN?

    I am not a single parent, but I am a parent of two children. I went to school and got my ADN in June 2013 (part time up until I got into nursing school--all told, took six years after being waitlisted one year) and ended up getting a job right after...
  7. How fast did you land a job?

    In interviewed for my first job (12 week New Grad Internship, then transition to chosen floor) the day after I took NCLEX. I was offered the following week (end of June) and started my first job on August 5. It was a whirlwind!
  8. Bathroom Accidents/Change of Clothes

    The bathroom accidents are one of my biggest pet peeves! We DO have a fluctuating supply of clothing in the health room and I'm constantly bombarded with kids peeing their pants that need me to grapple through the supply to find the appropriate size...
  9. Exit Interview. Honest or not?

    In my opinion, it is fine to be honest, but it's important to be tactfully honest. I think it goes without saying that "being honest" doesn't mean beginning to rant or attacking people personally. Complaining about a specific person will really not...
  10. Calling in for no sleep

    I worked Saturday night 7pm-7am on Sunday morning and today (Monday) came to my M-F job and was here at 7:30am...I don't think working until 3:30am on Saturday is really an impediment to working at 0700 on a Monday...
  11. The lice drama is what's gonna put me over the edge! We have a parent requesting that their kids be allowed to sit in their chairs rather than sit on the carpet during carpet time because they're afraid they'll catch lice....they're not sitting THAT...
  12. But I'm the Nurse

    I get the ice pack drama all the time. I explain to them why I won't give them the ice pack and make them go on their way. I wish the teachers would stop "trying to appease them," even when they know they're fine, because it just means one more per...
  13. Is it okay for RN to ask recovery patients not to swear?

    I don't think it's terrible to ask a patient politely to stop swearing if it makes you uncomfortable. Yes, making a big deal of it and causing drama or being rude to the patient because they aren't complying would be inappropriate, but I'm not sure ...
  14. Leaving my first job

    The first thing you have to consider is how childcare would work if you began working a less predictable schedule or worked every other weekend. If you can work something out and this isn't an issue, consider how you'll feel about not being home eve...
  15. Nurse's Week Gifts from Employers

    We're having a breakfast and some prizes at the hospital where I work--I got a hoodie last year. At my school nurse job, I got a nice card and some little treats last week which was really thoughtful; I was also included in teacher's/licensed profes...
  16. School Nurse's Day

    According to NASN, it's May 11th. I got on the calendar at my middle school, but doubt that my elementary will give me the time of day. Next week is Nurse Week according to my research... my hospital is putting on some different little celebrations...
  17. 3 Big Issues?

    Hospital: 1) Staffing. We're so often short-staffed on night shift/weekends and ratios seem like they keep pushing higher and higher. Especially short on support staff, like CNA's, so they're run ragged. 2) Lack of supplies/equipment. There is s...
  18. Children of teachers/employees

    I almost feel like it's the opposite. There are a lot of staff kids (including my own) that attend the schools I work in and I probably give them slightly more TLC just because I know them, but they're all nice kids and none are frequent flyers. Al...
  19. 504 Plans

    It's kind of a slippery slope over here with 504 Plans. I am the case manager for strictly medical 504 plans, such as diabetics, seizure, Crohn's, CF, etc., but generally stay out of the ones that are dealing only with behavioral or academic. Howev...
  20. Why would you give this up??

    I don't know; I'm leaving school nursing at the end of this year. It's been a fun two years and there are a lot of great perks that I'm going to miss (e.g. not working on weekends or holidays--this was my first job that I got this, being with my chi...
  21. I'm convinced our school doesn't need a nurse

    Haha! I got the whole "I lost my job because I had to call in because of lice so many times...and it's all your fault!" speech, too. Our policy does not say that you need to keep your kid home because of lice and you yourself don't need to stay home...
  22. The struggle from a student who's mom is the school nurse :)

    This year, my kiddo is a fifth grader and will be in on the puberty talk. She wants to watch the video beforehand, but hasn't made any requests other than that. I feel like it could be more awkward for me than for her!
  23. This is not why I became a nurse

    Haha! I've totally been the zipper hero, too! Kid had his jacket zipped all the way up to his neck and was getting claustrophobic because he couldn't get it down or slip the coat off. Got some pliers and used graphite and the zipper came down nice...
  24. Nurse vs Para

    My fave is what I refer to as the "hand thermometer." So many kids saying, "My teacher felt me with her hand and said I have a fever and I should come see you." I guess it's a special gift that transcends different job sectors, because when I was a...
  25. Not Enough Backup-CPS?

    I would call that in. Just telling the principal and the counselor and letting them deal with it just doesn't cut it for me. We're mandatory reporters, and if something is truly happening to this kiddo and and it's brought forth later that you susp...