"I stepped on Poo"

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So, a student comes into my office with her nurse pass saying, "Snowflake stepped in poo"..

I was in a bad mood already.. so I had student go to my restroom and clean her shoe (which had no poo that I could see) in the sink and then wash her hands before sending her back to class..I left a note on her pass back to class letting teacher now that in the future she can use the hallway restroom to clean poo off of her shoes and does not need a pass to the nurse for this.

Am I wrong for trying to nip this in the bud?? Poo on shoes is NOT a medical issue. UGG

SnowyJ, RN

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Has 28 years experience.

You did the right thing. Only when we set reasonable boundaries will the staff "get it."

Poop on a shoe is not a medical issue.

Nor is the hem of a dress coming loose.

Nor are broken glasses. (I am terrible at trying to fix them anyway.)

Farawyn

12,646 Posts

Has 25 years experience.
So, a student comes into my office with her nurse pass saying, "Snowflake stepped in poo"..

I was in a bad mood already.. so I had student go to my restroom and clean her shoe (which had no poo that I could see) in the sink and then wash her hands before sending her back to class..I left a note on her pass back to class letting teacher now that in the future she can use the hallway restroom to clean poo off of her shoes and does not need a pass to the nurse for this.

Am I wrong for trying to nip this in the bud?? Poo on shoes is NOT a medical issue. UGG

Were they UGGs?

Flare, ASN, BSN

5 Articles; 4,430 Posts

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.
You did the right thing. Only when we set reasonable boundaries will the staff "get it."

Poop on a shoe is not a medical issue.

Nor is the hem of a dress coming loose.

Nor are broken glasses. (I am terrible at trying to fix them anyway.)

Yes to this!! I hate that the teachers send me broken glasses. It's not like we had a unit in school nursing school that was on glasses repair. I'm terrible at fixing them. Those freaking little screws - and half the time it's a break that can't be fixed in mt office anyhow so I just toss the pieces in a ziploc and tell the student to either call home for their spare pair or do their best.

tining, BSN, RN

1,071 Posts

Specializes in School Nurse. Has 29 years experience.

Me thinks teacher is 'snowflake' :speechless:

DEgalRN

454 Posts

Nor are broken glasses. (I am terrible at trying to fix them anyway.)

I'm terrible at fixing them too. I have the small screwdrivers though, so I'll let students come and try for about 10 minutes to fix it themselves. But, I have teenagers. If I had younger kids, it'd be a different story

But, I absolutely agree with the poo on the shoe! Unless it was the kid's poo because they were having uncontrollable diarrhea, which it doesn't sounds like!

Specializes in School nursing.

Nor are broken glasses. (I am terrible at trying to fix them anyway.)

You see, broken glasses are my exception. I am actually pretty great at fixing them. (Probably because of all the technical theater I do where I can fix most things with gaff tape, but I digress).

If I do not attempt to fix those glasses with some of my population, the glasses will not be fixed. I will call home, send the broken glasses home and the child will not have glasses for the reminder of the school year. I am the glasses fairy - so sometimes if it is fix beyond me, I will call home for a family I know can't replace them easily and just ask for the prescription. If I can get that, I order the glasses. Luckily, my school supports me on this.

I have one kid that has broken the glasses I ordered for him 6 times in the past 2 years. I have an older prescription spare I make him trade me for when he breaks them so I can replace and so the kid isn't completely blind.

But yes, the tiny screws are so very, very frustrating! I ordered a tool and assortment of screws to make my life easier (and was only about a $10 investment).

logank622

88 Posts

Specializes in LTC & home care. Has 2 years experience.

I'm not a school nurse, but I absolutely believe that shoe-poo is an issue for the nurse. That could be c-diff poo. Did you do a C&S? Isolate the student to see if symptoms of hep A develop? Or are you just coasting through hoping the student doesn't become violently ill with Ebola? You just sent a ticking time bomb back to class - let's hope it waits until summer break to explode.

And before I get the nasty responses, I'm totally not serious. Coming from a lurker, y'all are fun to watch - I just wanted to play too.

tining, BSN, RN

1,071 Posts

Specializes in School Nurse. Has 29 years experience.
I'm not a school nurse, but I absolutely believe that shoe-poo is an issue for the nurse. That could be c-diff poo. Did you do a C&S? Isolate the student to see if symptoms of hep A develop? Or are you just coasting through hoping the student doesn't become violently ill with Ebola? You just sent a ticking time bomb back to class - let's hope it waits until summer break to explode.

And before I get the nasty responses, I'm totally not serious. Coming from a lurker, y'all are fun to watch - I just wanted to play too.

Poo C&S/DNA match found to be common canine. Isolation precautions d/c'd.

Specializes in med-surg, IMC, school nursing, NICU. Has 11 years experience.

"Nurse issue" equates to "anything the teacher finds distasteful enough to not want to deal with" in my school.

bell1962

345 Posts

Specializes in family practice and school nursing. Has 30 plus years experience.

yup!!!

"Nurse issue" equates to "anything the teacher finds distasteful enough to not want to deal with" in my school.

Windchaser22

408 Posts

Specializes in School nurse. Has 5 years experience.

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