Quote from beachynurse
I work in a high school with almost 2,100 students and 250 faculty and staff. I've been here for 13 years and cabn't imagine going any where else. The kids are great, for the most part are pretty independent with disease processes. If they come in dependent, they will leave independent. I am all about getting them ready for real life since I'm not going to college with them. Cons, can be that parents are demanding, drug and alcohol use among the students. and difficult administrators.
2,400 here and headed to 2,500 next year. I have a well-trained, competent clinic aide.
Administrators are not too challenging (this set, at least). Parents are. Every 9th grade class that rolls in has a good amount of parents who are still making excuses for sweet baby. There are some kids (a couple of memorable diabetics, one with sickle cell) who will never, ever take charge of their medical condition. You can't care more about this than the parent does.
We still have to screen everyone new to the district for hearing, vision and scoliosis. That's about 200 people, which is better than the average elementary. But that's all on us, and we get no help. The first year I got PTSA to help but it really wasn't needed.
The good news: even though they Google their symptoms, if you keep asking enough questions, you'll usually find out what's wrong. The bad news: when something is wrong, it's far more likely to be really wrong than, say, a first grader with a stomach ache or a 6th grader with a cough.
Also, in many cases you get to watch the growth and development of adolescents into early adulthood, which is darn cool. And despite what we see in the media, teenagers can be damn cool.
You don't actually have to "like" teenagers, but it helps.