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3rd Party Lice Reports

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ohiobobcat specializes in ED, School Nurse.

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The following situations have happened to me over the years (I work in a high school):

I have had student A (along with friends student B, C and D) come in to my office and tell me they are positive student E has lice.

I have had student L's parent call me telling me that student L saw lice on student M and they just thought I would like to know so I can check student M. (Yep-for real)

Today I had a teacher email me about student Q, R, S, and T concerned about student X's head lice that they all saw crawling in her hair. Teacher does not have student X as a student, but thought I might like to know.

What do you do when you get a 3rd party report of head lice?  Do you call the "affected" student down for a check?  What do you tell the student?  Sometimes it feels a bit like a witch hunt to me, but I am curious what other nurses do. 

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MHDNURSE has 21 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health.

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I only accept third party reports if it comes from a teacher and even then 95% of the time it is not enough "evidence" for me to do anything about it.  I do not do whole class head check, and I will only check a kid if he has been actively scratching, c/o itching and other signs of lice.

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SaltineQueen specializes in School Nurse, past Med Surge.

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I do nothing...unless my boss gets word and insists on me checking.  But he pretty much trusts my judgement.

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I too do nothing.  I thank them for the info and move on with my day.

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I will only check if a teacher who has the student reports it to me. Not the gaggle of dramatic girls, parents, or just the random teacher who "thinks" they saw "something" in a student's hair. 

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k1p1ssk has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in pediatrics.

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1 hour ago, ihavealltheice said:

I will only check if a teacher who has the student reports it to me. Not the gaggle of dramatic girls, parents, or just the random teacher who "thinks" they saw "something" in a student's hair. 

Samesies. 

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ohiobobcat specializes in ED, School Nurse.

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OK, thank you for this.  I, too, typically say thanks for the information, and move on with my day.  But I started second-guessing myself for some reason today after that teacher emailed me.

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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If the teacher doesn't have student X, how was the teacher thisclose to see all the bugs? Enquiring minds....

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k1p1ssk has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in pediatrics.

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7 minutes ago, ruby_jane said:

If the teacher doesn't have student X, how was the teacher thisclose to see all the bugs? Enquiring minds....

If they saw a kid scratch their head while on lunch/recess duty, for example (at least in elementary school). I have a couple of paras who like to report on all the goings on in the cafeteria....

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24 minutes ago, ohiobobcat said:

OK, thank you for this.  I, too, typically say thanks for the information, and move on with my day.  But I started second-guessing myself for some reason today after that teacher emailed me.

It has taken me several years to learn this.  A whole lot easier than going round and round with reasons why I am not checking heads of random kids. 

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ohiobobcat specializes in ED, School Nurse.

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19 minutes ago, ruby_jane said:

If the teacher doesn't have student X, how was the teacher thisclose to see all the bugs? Enquiring minds....

In this particular case, it was a group of "concerned citizens (read: other students)" who reported it to the teacher, and the teacher passed the information on to me.  Teacher made it clear in her email.that she has not seen Student X.

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tining has 26 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nurse.

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