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OyWithThePoodles RN

Med-surg, school nursing.
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OyWithThePoodles has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med-surg, school nursing..

Nurse since 2007: med-surg/pediatrics and school nursing. "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a persons strength." Proverbs 17:22

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  1. OyWithThePoodles

    Allergic to Benadryl?

    A friend is allergic, hives and swelling. Last time she had an allergic reaction to something the doc rx'd pepcid.
  2. Maybe suggest a "standing order". Talk with the physicians and tell them the situation. Ask them if there are any pt's they would rather you have sent straight to the ED and if so, which ones. If they still want all pts to come to them, even though they are clearly in distress and the end result with be the ED anyway, well... to me all I see is $$$. It very well could be that they got a complaint from a pt who was sent to the ED by a nurse over the phone, got to the ED, and the ED told them it could've been handled at the urgent care facility, so they are wanting the UC to eat the cost for an unnecessary ED visit.
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    Field trip chaperones

    I do require that the students be with a medication trained person for PRN meds. It would suck if Johnny was on bus 3 having an asthma attack and his meds were on bus 1 with Mrs. Jones. Or Susie was stung by a bee at the Gorilla exhibit but her epi pen is a mile away with the teacher at the Lion exhibit. Also should add we don't train the chaperones, but if a parent of a med kiddo goes, I do allow them to carry their kiddos meds from home, not my stash
  4. I agree with getting counseling. Of course we cannot offer medical advice, but for me personally, starting an anti-anxiety medicine was necessary. I hate that you are struggling with anxiety this much, but please know that it can and it will get better, you just have to take the right steps. And know that you aren't alone. BUT (and this is a big but) there is a stigma on mental illness, be careful what you share with your co-workers. I can guarantee that half or more are on antidepressants or meds for anxiety, but don't share it. In my personal experience it can be used against you. Best of luck!
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    C'Mon Now!

    I've gotten two calls on two different days from the same teacher to come get a kid that *looks* like they might vomit. Umm... I didn't realize that my mear presence would keep a kid from throwing up. What on earth would I do for him in the classroom? I let the teacher know that I was with my diabetic student and they said "Well, how long are you going to be?" I let them know that my diabetic students needs were a little more important that a kid who *might* vomit and that the student could walk with a trashcan down to my office. COME. ON. NOW.
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    Quitting HCA after 5 months

    If you have any emails to HR where you requested a different unit as it wasn't working out for you, save them. It shows that you made an effort to see if it would work on another unit but they were unwilling or unable to accommodate.
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    Incident reports

    Adding this: if you don't fill out an incident report you can always still shoot an email to the parents if it's a bigger than normal scrape or leaves a big bruise. That goes a long way with most parents.
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    Do you ever miss bedside?

    Nope, nope, nope. I work PRN at the hospital I was at full-time for extra money. Not gonna lie, I absolutely dread the required one 12 hour shift/month. I love my job, my hours, my students, my co-workers, the autonomy. I prefer the five days a week, mainly because I have kids. Working the 12's meant I wouldn't get home until they were already in bed, and if by some chance they were still awake, I didn't want to touch them with my MRSA, CDIFF, gross clothes. So now I get home before they do and I am there for homework and supper and baths and bedtime. Not to mention being off weekends, holidays, breaks... I'm a nurse the the school, so I can't really speak to the type of position you will be in, sorry! I also don't think it would be hard to get back into a bedside position, but I guess that depends on your location.
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    Do you keep clinic door open?

    My door opens up to the office hallway, so not really any thru traffic other than the office staff. I like it open because I can hear the main office phone ring and they'll given me a hollar "did you call so and so's mom" or I'll yell at them "hey if Johnny's mom calls back, I DID leave a message, but send it back to me". I will close it if there is a private convo that needs to happen, but I have a window right by my desk so that people can see in.
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    Would you break a contract and switch mid-year?

    I agree with the above posters. I would also document, document, document on the times you've called for security and they haven't responded, this is dangerous.
  11. OyWithThePoodles

    C'Mon Now!

    This made me chuckle, but it's not funny. Hey, at least they see your importance, right?
  12. OyWithThePoodles

    The rules apply...until they don't...

    One of my biggest frustrations: Repeatedly having to assess students and staff who were injured by a student, and no consequences coming to the student who was violent. Parents don't cause much of an uproar because all they know is Sally got hit by Johnny today. They don't know that Johnny also hit Susie, Jimmy, Billy, and Fred today. They don't know that yesterday Johnny threw a chair at the teacher and dragged little Bobby by his hair, but he was still allowed to come to class today. I can guarantee if they did they would raise seven kinds of heck.
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    Why would a teacher say that?

    Teacher tells student that since she is 18 she can just stroll on down to the nurse and get medicine. No doctors order, no actual medicine, both of which are required by our district. I love educators. But c'mon. You are masters educated people. Act like it.
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    Slippery Portable Steps = Guarenteed Injury. Any Known Solutions?

    Agreed with the grip tape, they also make paint that has sand or something in it that is used for ramps. I would let admin know asap, they may be blissfully unaware. I know when two or more kids get hurt on any specific thing my admin likes to know. Of course, the stupid monkey bars are still here... But I digress.
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    Med administration

    Ours is provided by our state department of education and we have to adhere by it.
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    Sped Diabetic Student Requesting Escort

    I was going to suggest this as well. We have a kiddo that PT said is NOT to use the stairs alone, and not to even use them with one adult, but instead having two there. So staff coordinates their schedules to whoever in the building has time when he has to come down for things like specials or lunch. Maybe this could work for your kid. Honestly, there is only so much you can do if the kid just doesn't get the severity and the importance of being compliant. If the doctor doesn't recommend an escort and if his diagnosis doesn't support it, then tough cookies. Be there when an emergency inevitably happens. Of course, then aunt would blame the school and not kid.