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    Sub Notes

    Are you totally burnt out??? How do you take time off and get a break? I am leaving my FT position and subbing next year b/c I feel like I cannot ask for time off b/c it is so hard to find coverage. I am totally burnt out from this year (I was PT before this year).

    My very first squad call

    I cannot even imagine the pain that poor kid must have been feeling! Yikes!

    Typical schedule.

    Public Charter in MA. 488 kids K-3 Students report at 7:45 and are dismissed at 4:15 I work 7:45-3:30 I am pretty much in my 6 x 8 closet all day seeing students, unless there is an emergency somewhere in the building. I teach health classes in the Spring, organize and run a health and wellness event in May, State Mandated Screenings, etc...

    When do you call?

    LOTS of flu here in MA, including my own son and husband. What I am noticing though, is there are still SO many people who say "I have the flu" but have not actually seen a doctor and been diagnosed with influenza. I have also had several parents say their kid had the flu, only to find out it was a GI bug that they were calling "The Flu". I even has a teacher come back after being out two days saying she was down and out with the flu. I asked her about symptoms, if she took Tamiflu, etc. and then she says "On I never went to the doctor and didn't have a fever, just threw up a few times". I am sure there are several that had the "flu-like" illness that was not influenza, and several who had the flu who never got diagnosed...really hard to keep track around here.

    Does your school do e-learning...

    Funny you posted this. My school where I work does not, but my home district where my two kids go is piloting this program this year. The way it will work in DD's class (5th grade) is that on the day school is closed, they have a packet of worksheets to read and complete on line. The teachers must be available from 9-10:30 and again from 12:30-2 for any questions the students might have. They had to also have every parent sign something saying they had reliable internet access.


    Sadly, thank goodness. Mom is challenging in terms of follow-through on things so I am so thankful that he has been so eager to be involved in his management. He self tests and self injects too Obviously I triple check everything but I love that he is so eager to grab the bull by the horns!


    My T1D is in second grade and has always carried his meter. He keeps meter, ketone meter, all his supplies, including his glucagon pen and emergency glucose tabs in an insulated bag and it goes everywhere with him so I never have to worry about an emergency with him and him not having his stuff. It works well for us. He is so used to having it at all times he has never forgotten to bring it with him in the two years he has been here.

    My very first squad call

    Nice job! I have kids in here all the time with "super skinny" jeans and they tell me they have a cut on their knee or something similar and I can't even assess it b/c the jeans are so tight they don't roll up I miss the days of boot cut jeans!

    What day is it?

    Ha! We have early dismissal today for a coming snow storm later this afternoon. Wednesdays we usually have early dismissal, so I am sure tomorrow I will be thinking it is Thursday.
  10. That's awesome! Who pays? How is it reimbursed?

    Were you a frequent flyer in you’re own school days

    Was this is the 80"s??? I'd have been out daily!

    Were you a frequent flyer in you’re own school days

    We didn't have a school nurse, but I was the kid who faked sick to stay home at least once a month. I discovered the benefits of a "mental health day" early on in life

    Preschooler out by ambulance the other day

    Nice job! Glad he is OK!

    PARENTS say the darndest things

    I just had a dad say to me after I informed him that his kid has missed 18 days of school so far: "Well, he is so far ahead of all the other kids in his class, what's the big deal"? Meanwhile this kid is a total space cadet, definitely has issues with processing... What fun things have parents said to you lately?
  15. Hello everyone, I am creating a position that is essentially like a "School Nurse Consultant" for lack of a better name. This nurse would come on a part-time basis to schools do any number of things to assist the LPN who is there. One of the main responsibilities would be to oversee/supervise the LPN as in my state (MA) LPNs need RN supervision. So far I have: 1. Review/update school health policies as needed 2. Provide staff training on Epi Pen administration 3. Attend field trips as needed 4. Help with State screenings 5. Attend IEP/504 meetings if applicable 6. Ensure students who need IHPs have them and write for those who don't I guess, in a nutshell, if you could have another RN come in and "help", what things would you want done. This would be a coupe days a week for a 6 hour stretch, or random 3 hour stretches as needed. Thanks for any ideas or input!