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Mavnurse17 BSN, RN

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Mavnurse17 has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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  1. Mavnurse17

    Teacher issue...

    I often daydream about what I'd like to do in these scenarios. Most recently the thought I have is to pull up the BON website and ask the teacher/administrator/TA/whoever what their RN license number is. When they'd stare at me blankly or say "what??" I'd say "because I just wanted to see if you've been a nurse longer than I have." One can dream 😋 In all seriousness, I feeeeel your frustration and I'd escalate this up to my administrator if I were you.
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    Weirdest Thing About School Nursing...

    One of the counselors on my campus calls me "Nurse." "Hey, Nurse." It's taken me everything not to respond "Hey, Counselor." I saw you use this analogy a long time ago on this board and I have used it in my real life conversations ever since. It's so accurate!
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    Weirdest Thing About School Nursing...

    It's my personal opinion that my experience as a school nurse has been less than positive not because of students, but because of the adults. At least at my school, teachers and staff believe they have ready access to medical care because there's a nurse on campus. Of course I'll respond in an urgent/emergent situation, but I have teachers that come to me on a Monday telling me about a cut they got over the weekend asking me, "do you think I need stitches?" This past Friday, a teacher came to my office asking for Tylenol. My district doesn't stock Tylenol for staff use. The teacher storms out of my office saying "This is UNBELIEVABLE!"
  4. Some shifts you do all the right things to keep the patient comfortable while still being safe, and it's still not enough for them. I reflect on a night that I was a "super nurse" for my bed-bound, total care elderly patient. I don't remember what she was there for but she was mostly non-verbal, only able to gesture what she was needing. But I medicated her for pain as needed and performed peri-care and turns q2h like clockwork, since she was high-risk for skin breakdown. She still had some chronic pain when she moved that was unrelieved by her PRNs, but I made sure to educate that it was important we turned her and cleaned her appropriately. All this to say, I finished the shift feeling like I'd performed stellar nursing care. I went to say goodbye to her and told her "I hope I was able to make you comfortable last night" and she mumbled back, "No, not really."
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    Happy Nurse's week.... I guess

    Thank you for your apologies, and I accept them. I apologize too if I came off brash in my replies. To reiterate my point, I guess I just don't believe it takes having intimate knowledge of a person's job duties to celebrate and appreciate them on designated days/weeks. I used the example earlier of the AP not to specifically highlight "discipline," just that that was one facet of their job. But my point is that I don't know every single thing that, say, a speech therapist does-- does that mean they aren't worthy of being celebrated for what they do for the community? Is it their responsibility to educate me about their job duties before I can say "Happy speech therapist day!" You don't have to answer those questions, just something to think about. I don't know how to multi-quote different posts into one response, but here are some thoughts about other responses of yours since yesterday: You mentioned that you were a nurse for a Boys & Girls club in the 70's. I'm sure that was valuable experience. As someone educated above, I hope you can see that our jobs as modern-day school nurses don't equate to that. I'm glad that you have a better understanding of what it is we do. Most believe we just hand out bandaids and ice packs. You mentioned that you'd like to add a sub-section of school nursing to your leadership classes. My bachelor's program actually required a community health didactic and clinical, and I did my clinical in a school health office, where I was introduced to school nursing. I even precepted a nursing student from my same alma mater during his community clinical last year (before Covid). He said it was a valuable learning experience! Nursing students don't have to love school nursing as an option for them, but it'd be helpful if they were introduced to it so they understand that there's nursing outside of inpatient floors. I hope your program does consider adding it in somewhere! Thanks again for opening up your mind and trying to understand where I was coming from. Cheers!
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    Happy Nurse's week.... I guess

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    Happy Nurse's week.... I guess

    Just need a safe space to place my frustration and growing sadness. This week is teacher's appreciation week, and I get it... teachers greatly outnumber us in the building. Teachers are getting lunches, picnics, gifts, etc. every day this week. But Nurse's week is the 6th-12th this year and NO mention of it has been made at my campus. Counselors got their week, assistant principals had treats and gifts catered in for them, even school clerks got their appreciation day. But me, the nurse? I'm a background character I suppose. The cherry-- a counselor just sent a school-wide email that reads: "Not only are you the teacher, but the co-parent, the parent, the nurse, the confidant, the advisor, and so much more." That's funny... I don't recall any of our teachers having any inkling of knowledge about the pandemic we weathered this year; the one that school nurses were at the forefront of. I didn't see any teachers providing sick care to kids throughout the year. I've been subtly trying to remind a few administrators that our week is nearly here, not in a way that says "hey don't forget to recognize me!" because I think that's tacky, but wow I just wish someone would say "thank you" especially after the year we've had. 😔 Is anyone else's school doing anything to celebrate you this week?
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    If You Changed Careers

    I'm no longer hospital-based, thank God! I legitimately felt suicidal as a new grad doing shift work in the hospital. I work a M-F 0830-1630 now, making even a little more than at the hospital. My mental health has greatly improved, enough to finally function as a human. I guess it's just that when people ask me what I do for a living, I no longer feel pride or passion behind responding "I'm a nurse." How did you land your utilization job? All of the postings I've come across require experience, usually 3-5 years before they'll consider an applicant.
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    If You Changed Careers

    I can't say I "hate" being a nurse, though I've certainly been in situations where I hate the circumstances around me (poor staffing and resources, disgruntled patients that I seemingly can't do anything right for, yelled at by doctors for inconveniencing them but doing my job, etc.) I get your point, though. I posted upthread that I have a family now, and thus less time and resource ($) to freely explore my options. Can't save up because daycare costs in my area eat away the rest of my discretionary income. I feel stuck, but it's not dire.
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    If You Changed Careers

    I'm coming up on my 4th graduation anniversary, which is a drop in the bucket in terms of an adult career, but I often find myself thinking "wow, I don't love nursing as much as I thought I did." I stay in it because I don't have the time or money to go back to school for a degree/license in another field that affords me the same income as nursing does. It's not a matter of not liking my specialty either, I just don't love being a nurse. This year is a license renewal year for me, and I briefly (and not seriously) thought, "what if I just.... let it lapse?" 😂 Anyone here ever considered hanging the proverbial cap at any point in this career to start anew with something else? My heart tells me I eventually need to in order to feel truly happy, but I'd be forfeiting 4 years of school, OTJ trainings, time and money spent on my degree and license, etc. Plus, I don't know what else I'd do. I decided on this career when I was 16...I don't even know what else I'm good at. If money were no object and I could do it all over again, I'd go to culinary school. I love cooking, watching cooking shows, trying new recipes.
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    Getting fired by a patient/ family member

    I've been "fired" once, by a patient's daughter though. The daughter was known on our unit to be veryyyyy difficult, claiming she was an oncology nurse and critiqued everything any of her dad's nurses did (we later found out she was a medical assistant at a PCP office). The night I was "fired," I'd been given a challenging assignment. 3 patients, including her dad (I worked on a cardiac PCU). One patient, post-op CABG and demanded a nurse or tech to hold his urinal for him when he peed every 15 minutes (is my phone ringing again? Oh yep, he needs to pee again). Another patient on an insulin drip, requiring q1 blood sugar checks and drip titrations (one tech for our floor or 36 patients, so I was typically the one doing the sugars). And then this patient, "dad," who was end-stage heart failure compounded by delirium r/t liver failure; lasix drip, near total-care, very complicated plan of care because his daughter challenged every provider's assessment that didn't align with her wants and needs. I understand not being able to accept a loved one's inevitable fate, but she took it out on every interdisciplinary member that walked through his door. Nothing was ever good enough in her eyes. Simply, I was overwhelmed with my patient assignment that night. "Dad's" daughter was unsatisfied that I seemingly wasn't in their room often or long enough at a time. She was unhappy about it all, like that I left his water cup on his bedside table (next to him) instead of putting the straw up to his lips directly when he wanted a drink. Unhappy that I took too long to get to his room because I was fist-deep in the urine of my other patient. It was a relief to be fired from this patient! I was not the first to be fired during his stay, either.
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    Staying or Going?

    Staying with the district, but I'm up for a couple of transfers in the department that are not campus-based. If I don't land any of those, I'm thinking about transferring from high school to elementary. I had a baby recently and need the flexibility that this job provides... can't imagine going back to the hospital. But whew... it's been a year 😅
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    Medication Error in School

    I'm late to the party but this is wild to me. 1. it's not stated in your workplace's policy to match the individual pills to the description of the label on the bottle. 2. School is an extension of the home environment. As such, are parents checking individual pills on a regular basis? 3. I think it's a setup that the blame is being placed on you. If this is a priority, it should've been the parent's responsibility. If it were me I absolutely would not take responsibility for this. Of course, if it were a very obvious error like receiving giant Metformin pills in a bottle labeled for clonidine, I could understand why one would pause. But nurses aren't taught to know what each individual pill looks like! Ugh, I hate this for you.
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    I've had a lot of parents tell me when I have to put their kid on quarantine "Are you kidding me? I can't believe this happened at school" and it takes everything in me not to clap back "uhh you sent them to school so what did you expect?"
  15. Maybe I'm jaded from handling Covid stuff 40+ hours every week for the last 4 months, but in my eyes you can't do anything about things you don't have knowledge of, especially if it was a calculated lie by the parents and not just an "oops I forgot to tell you" thing. I'd escalate this up to my admin and wash my hands of it.
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    Clinic Survey on school website

    It also grinds my gears when people abuse a system that's put in place for helping out, but imho you'd be taking on a lot of work by surveilling these people on top of all the other stuff I'm sure you probably have your hands full with. As a rule of thumb, I'm not keeping tabs on my virtual kids who simply don't sign on to their Zoom rooms on any given day. If the parent or teacher follows up with me that the student actually tested positive, I follow back up with them to get the info I need for documenting and reporting purposes. I'm more concerned with surveilling general illness symptoms in my students and staff that are in-person. That keeps me busy enough. I would have no sanity left if I were also picking up the kids that had sniffles on Zoom. Just sayin', if it's a requirement for you to do health surveillance on the virtual sick students, then this sounds like a decent idea. But if it's just to "catch" the kids that might be abusing the system, I wouldn't take on that extra work.