Budget cuts=No school nurse?????

  1. I live in a small town in Virginia and am currently the school nurse for k-12 for about 600 students. The school boars has decided to cut my job next year because of budget cuts. I have decided that they have no idea what they're doing and I want to inform them. In one week I had a complete fracture of a kindergarten student, a 5th grader with acute appendicitis,who the secretary told her to suck it up and go back to class....oh yeah she was transferred by ambulance from one hospital to childrens hospital in D.C. where she spent 3 days. I could go on and on, but you understand what I'm saying.

    I need help!!!! I want to provide statistics, case studies anything you can think of to show the benefit of having a school nurse.
    Any Ideas????
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    About dennysbfly

    Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 23; Likes: 8
    Correctional Nurse
    Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience

    5 Comments

  3. by   Aneroo
    Do you keep track of how many students you see, secure care for, do vision screenings for, etc? Every nurse should be doing this to help prove the need for our positions.
  4. by   dennysbfly
    The first thing I learned in nursing school was...IT YOU DON'T WRITE IT...IT NEVER HAPPENED..I write everything.Keep track of everything. I think that will be a great help to me. I was also looking for statistics and such.
  5. by   SchoolNurseBSN
    There is some great info on NASN that you can print out. Studies have proved that schools without a nurse have higher student absence rates. Lower attendance means lower money for schools. Show them that by keeping you - they will save money by keeping kids in class!
  6. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    Wow ! This is Crazy. They have to be kidding. There is no way your school should be with out a school nurse. My school only has 400 kids and I can barely use the BR or take a lunch break without them running to me for something. I just can't imagine. Try writing the mayor or congressman. They just can't take you out of that school. Who will do assessments, give meds, deal with emergencies.
    Well keep us posted and I'm so sorry to hear this.
  7. by   Dimple58
    We do a monthly report every month that list the following for each day and then at the bottom it's shows the total for each ROW.This is on Excel and just the month is changed, you fill in the boxes for each day. You save it on your hard drive. We can print out for the principal or whoever, each month for proof of work.
    Total seen by nurse
    Phone calls
    Adult/Employee visits
    Medication/Procedure
    Medication (oral, rect, top,ect)
    Inhalers
    Inhalation treatment
    Glucose monitoring
    Injections
    Tube Feedings
    Catherizations
    Catherizations (delegated)
    Diapering/Toileting
    Screening
    Vision
    Hearing
    Dental
    Lice(screened)
    Heights/Weights
    Blood Pressures
    An Screening
    # Letters sent out
    Pregnancy Services
    Teaching/Staff Develoment
    Hygiene Education
    Bloodborne Pathogens
    Communicable Disease

    Reportable Diseases
    Miscellaneous
    Drug Assessments
    Accident Reports
    911 Calls
    Parent Conf.(>10min.)
    Teacher Conf.(>10min.)
    ARD Meetings
    Special Ed Evals
    New Health Cards
    Data Entry/Computer
    Data Entry Health/Cards

    Also include a letter that cite brief incidents of serious injuries/problems and state what you did and the nurse expertise performed and what could have happened if you weren't there.

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