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  1. Hi, I'm a school nurse in the northeast. We are closed for at least 2 weeks, but I anticipate it will be much longer than that. I really do hope that we get to a point where it is safe to reopen, but my gut is saying that we might be done for this school year. What are your thoughts?
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    Negotiating with a union contract?

    Hello! Last week I had an interview with a school district closer to home. While I'm not unhappy at my current school, this one is closer to home with a schedule that more closely aligns with my family's schedule. However, I found their contract online and their salary is almost 10k less than what I make now in a neighboring district (comparing top step). Such a bummer, it would really make it difficult to accept should the job be offered. Is there any way to negotiate pay when salaries are spelled out in the contract? Or is it what it is, take it or leave it? Anyone have any experience with this?
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    Independent Diabetics?

    Long post... Looking for some insight about what you all do/don't do for your independent diabetics. I work in a highschool where, in the past, I usually had several years of lunchtime and prn visits from my students with diabetes before they transitioned to being fully independent during the school day, usually by 11th or 12th grade. This gave me time to get to know the student and their habits (both good and bad) as well as their parents. This year I have 3 freshman who have been independent from day 1 of highschool. I have supplies for them in the nurses office but other than the very occasional visit to get a snack, I do not see them at all. I'm not sure if they really are so well managed that a prn visit just doesn't happen, or if they are dealing with their lows/highs by consulting (texting) with a parent rather than coming to the nurse...which makes me nervous. I don't know them well or their parents, and other than having orders from the physician with the "independent" box checked, I really don't know their level of compliance, understanding, etc. 504 meetings are quick and general and don't always give me a good sense of them. Its usually those daily check ins that really help me get to know the kids. Most of these independent kids have pumps and cgm's that transmit to their (and their parent's) phones. While it makes me happy that diabetes care has come so far and the technologies are so advanced, it worries me a little bit not knowing what is going on with these kids on the regular. Do any of you require students and parents to "contract" with you or sign some sort of agreement in order to be independent? Could I even have any say in this or is it really based on the student/parent/physician? I do know that the end goal is to have students be independent, I just wonder if the new technology gives a bloated sense of security. Thoughts?? And sorry for the ramble :)
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    Great Camps in New England?

    Hello! I am currently a school nurse and looking to try out camp nursing next summer. I have two boys who I would want to bring with me, of course! Does anyone know of a great camp looking for a nurse? I have seen lots of ads but am hesitant to apply for a camp without a recommendation, as I've heard stories of some pretty bad experiences. Looking for New England/east coast ideally. Thanks!
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    I am thinking of going back to school....the MBA- HA at WGU has me interested. I would like to get an advanced degree more as a personal goal than as a career advancement initiative, although who knows what the future will hold!! My concern is, I don't have business experience. I have over 10 years of nursing experience which includes hospital, school, hospice/homecare and telephone triage. If anyone has done this program, do you think I even have a chance of being accepted? And if I were, is my nonexistent business background going to make the classes impossible? Any insight would be much appreciated.
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    Just finished the MSN-Ed!

    Congratulations! I start May 1. Although I don't think I'll be able to match your pace, I hope to accelerate as much as possible. Thanks for the tips!
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    The MS Integraged healthcare management looks really interesting. It looks like a lot of the same type course that would be in a MHA degree....wonder why they just didn't offer the MHA. Thanks for your help!
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    Thank you!! I don't love math, definitely not a math nerd (wish I was!) - but I'm decent at it :) I thought about the MSML - but I kind of feel like its a bit of an odd degree and if I'm going to get a business degree it might as well be an MBA...does that make sense? I'm avoiding the MSN for a few reasons. I wish they had a MHA or MPH degree, I'd be all over that! Can I ask what area of nursing you are practicing in? Also, how long did it take you to complete the program?
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    Telephonic worker's comp

    Hi everyone, I've been a nurse for over 10 years and have recently been called for an interview for a Telephonic Workers Comp Case Manager for an insurance company. It's mostly wfh - one day a week in the office. Does anyone have a similar position? While I do like the idea of working from home, it's not necessarily needed, I could be in an office somewhere and be just as happy. From what I hear, many wfh case managers are micromanaged down to the keystroke, tied to their desk all day. Also, I'm having trouble finding a whole lot of info on how a WC CM job is structured, caseloads, daily job duties, etc. If anyone works Workers Comp from home, could you provide any insight? Do you like your job? What is you average day like? I'm finding a lot of info about UM/disease management jobs but not much on workers comp. Thanks very much!

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