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    Down time (HA, sure...)

    My. Ingest problem with down time is that I could do nothing for hours (n the second I leave the office, someone needs toileted. Or they are paging me on the walkie asking where I am. I think there is a senser on my chair!
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    Holiday Decor

    I don’t do a ton. I do have my “The Witch is In” sign on my door. Come to think of it, I could leave that up all year!plus, I’m in a high school so I have a cool ceramic pumpkin and ghost a couple of the kids made me. I like lots of twinkle lights around Christmas.
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    Always appreciated your wisdom. Glad you are well.
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    ? for those paid on teacher scale

    In Pennsylvania, none of my experience counted. Seventeen hospital years and I started on step 1. It was worth it though.
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    Clinical Assistant

    That’s great! You were often so worried about the responsibility in your old position. This sounds like a place where you can use your skills and shine! Best to you.
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    504 plan

    To the best of my knowledge, we have never declined a 504 plan that was requested. Perhaps that is why we have so many
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    New School Nurse Feeling Overwhelmed...

    Your job is to keep the kids safe. That is first. All the other things are important too, but that will come in time. You are not qualified to write IEPs and you should have input on 504s but not write. Make sure you are following your medication policy and your teachers are aware of any significant medical problems. Don’t worry about supplies. You will find out what you want to order next year. Are there other nurses in your district you can get advice from? If not, how about networking with nurses in a neighboring district? Don’t change any forms or documents this year. Just use whatever the last nurse used. next year you can start changing things to your liking. I’m sure this group will give you good advice but that is what I can think of for now. Oh, and don’t let the guidance counselor tell you what your job is. You are the nurse, not her.
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    School Nurse or Health Aide

    Our district has 2 Certified School Nurses as is required by Pennsylvania state law. (1:1500) all of our other nurses are RNs who are listed as nurse aids. It is a way to keep them in the support union and pay them way less and give them lesser benefits. It is shameful in my opinion. This is how most of the local districts operate. Because the CSNs are in the teacher union and make teacher wages.
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    504 plans

    I don’t write any of them. I don’t even have input anymore, our director of special ed does that. The problem is, they are not kept up with. I am in high school and have some that have not been reviewed since elementary school. Yet, I am responsible for housing them and getting the information to the teachers. It is very frustrating.
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    504 plans

    Who is responsible for getting the 504 plan info to teachers? Who writes and updates them? This process seems to get more overwhelming every year. I have a small high school of less than 700 but I have 38 plans and getting it all organized is hard. Ideas? Tips? Right now, I make a paper list of each teacher that has the student. I attach that to the front of the plan. I then email a copy to the teachers but they have to come to my office to sign off. This is how my principal wants it done but I think he would be open to a better idea if I came up with one.
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    Nurses on anti-depressants

    Congratulations on getting the help you need. I take antidepressants. It has never come up or been an issue. In fact, if they got rid of all the nurses on antidepressants, there would be a huge nurse shortage . Antidepressants such as SSRI’s do not impair you and I really don’t think it would be a problem.
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    Where is your office located within the school?

    In the hallway between the main office and the guidance office. A perfect location, really.
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    cell phones in clinic

    Our students are allowed phones at all times so of course that extends to the health office. They also have iPads that they carry at all times.
  14. I have been in school nursing for 17 years. When i started, K kids were potty trained. This is less and less the case. In my schools these kids get sent to the nurse. We have tried to change things but without luck.
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    Therapy dogs and Allergies

    Our K9 and his handler are no longer allowed to visit our elementary schools due to a parent complaint. considering allergies, I would think many students and myself come to school covered with dander and could cause a reaction. It's not like peanut butter I can wash off my hands.
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    911 call

    You did everything right! Great job. Responding to Amethya: I have seen kids with dilated pupils from meds they were on. But in this case, I would assume head injury and let the ER sort it out. We just don't have the tools to make the determination.

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