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    Sick of nurses "referring" to our specialty

    You guys are completely and totally awesome! Snatching kids from the jaws of death like you were going to pick up supper from the grocery store. All of you are God’s “crew.” Amazing. Love ya!!
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    Increase in bad student behavior.

    You guys have already recognized the genesis of these behavior issues, with a very few exceptions, is with parenting style or lack of parenting during the formative/toddler/preschool years. Then these poor kids are turned loose in public school and their problems can be blamed on others and left for the school and other students to deal with. Since it's too late for the parents the only option is intervention at school...therein lies the problem. There are many options available but most school administrators won't go there. I'm afraid it's going to get no better or, most likely, worse. May the "force" be with you one and all.
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    Bad day, Bad year

    AMEN!! It’s NOT a coincidence...
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    Health Fair

    Handing out free beer would be a real attention getter.
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    what to do if you disagree with PA's treatment

    Agree...the PA card trumps the RN card and such is the rules of the game.
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    what to do if you disagree with PA's treatment

    Sounds like one of those..."what can I do to get this parent out of my office?" visits. Even though I agree with you, I'd let it ride for now and see how things progress; especially the eye - it'll either get better or worse...time will tell and give you a little more leverage to insist on a follow up if things don't resolve.
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    Holiday Decor

    Bah Humbug...
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    Bad day, Bad year

    Hugs...bittersweet. Agony for those having to let him go but now he is free. I'm glad you weren't injured this morning. Yes, leave early, go home, take off your personal and professional armor, and let yourself breakdown until the tears stop flowing. Be kind to yourself. Amen.
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    Bad day, Bad year

    One never knows what God's plan is and we frequently disagree with His decisions. I'll share this from many years ago when I was working with a pediatric rheumatologist. We were called into the PICU, as a last resort consult, for a teenage girl who had "something" that was slowly killing her. No one could figure it out. She was tubed - enough said. She had "that" look of the end. The rheumatologist said he couldn't think of anything to do that would help. A close personal friend of mine was working that very night and told me the PICU doc literally recorded in the chart, "All we can do now is pray;" the staff decided to do that. They encircled the girl's bed and prayed for her. The very next day the girl's tube was removed and she asked for some fried chicken. She walked out of the hospital a couple weeks later unassisted, Miracles do happen 🙏
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    New school nurse- not sure if I like it. Help!

    To answer your question...yea you like it!! You've self diagnosed your concerns. One of the reasons a person "hesitates" in a hospital setting emergency is because they can. There are others to collaborate with. Not so in school nursing. So, now that you realize it's just YOU, you'll call on your critical thinking skills, training, and experience and handle it. The administrative stuff will always be there. Hang in there and best of luck!
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    Advice for New School Nurse

    Good job nurse!! The only advice I would offer is WHEN this happens next time, once you've established there is no emergency, walk them outta the crowd as quickly as possible. Just far enough to remove the audience if it's too far to go to your clinic. That usually changes the dynamics.
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    Teaching Health, asking for a friend ;-|

    If your "friend's" contract has the dreaded "other duties as assigned" clause in their contract then there is no other option if assigned the task...yuch.
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    Bad day, Bad year

    Ugh...I'd can't say I know how you feel but I can understand why you are feeling down, out, drained, and madder than hell. There's nothing I can say that will change your environment so I remind you of the Serenity Prayer to maybe help with your emotional self..."God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference." You have been placed in that position based on the compassion and experience you bring with you and for that, thanks be to God. Stand up straight and keep marching forward for good and the safety of your students and staff - regardless of whether you'd rather just rip their head off and spit into the hole. Best wishes and good luck! You can and you will!
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    Well, I woke up this morning so that's always a good start for the day. At this point in time, I wonder if I need to go back to work to get some rest but I do enjoy having the freedom of not adhering to a strict schedule other than getting Sweet Petunia off to work in the mornings. I didn't realize how much I enjoy this forum until I revisited this morning so I'll try to frequent you guys more regularly. Thank for the encouraging words!
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    Hello all! Wanted to stop in and say hi...hope your school year is safe and successful and you and your's are well. I want to remind you guys how blessed your students are to have you; especially when it's time to snatch one of them from the jaws of death. Those kids carry your positive influence and impact on them forward and will remember your compassion and warm heart for many years - if not forever. So, keep it up and know you are making a difference! Love you all! The OldDude
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    This is Where the Cowboy Rides Away

    Well boys and girls...this is my last day as a school nurse. This journey has reached its destination and my passage into retirement begins in about 45 minutes. I love you one and all...keep up the good work...and I'll check in on ya later...God willing. the OldDude