I am not a stinking babysitter!

  1. Often when students are "in trouble" and sent to the office, they end up sitting there for a great deal of the day either waiting for an administrator to talk to them, or waiting for a parent to pick them up, or (like today) they are in a kind of in-school suspension. The problem is that our administrators are rarely in their office, and the secretary, clerk and I end up babysitting these kids until either the end of the day or the parents come for them.

    Today we had two boys who were just having way too much fun for kids who are supposed to be in trouble. :angryfire I told them about 100 times to sit down, but next thing I know they are up and playing around in the office. I wanted to pull my hair out! Next thing I know the special ed kiddo that I have posted about before (entitled Improper Supervision) waltzed into my office, and it was not even lunch time! I manage to drag her back to her class and her teacher is there at the chalkboard like nothing had happened. HE DID NOT EVEN REALIZE SHE HAD LEFT CLASS!

    I just keep telling myself...26 days of school left. Pray for us all to hang on!
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    About Purple_Scrubs, BSN

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    School Nurse; from US
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  3. by   SchoolNurseBSN
    I feel your pain. Hey, do we work at the same school?

    My clinic is attached to the front office by a short hallway with no door between. Sometimes they need to separate kids or run out of room - here they come!

    Staff and students have also decided that my clinic is a shortcut entrance / exit to the fron office. Drives me bananas!
  4. by   cowgirlBSN
    I have this exact problem!! I'd say atleast 4 out of 5 days a week. Kids get brought into the office to "cool off" or wait to see the asst. principal and I end up having to keep an eye on them. I feel that is not my responsibility. (We already have a secritary who doesn't stay in the office and I end up doing her job on top of mine most of the day...another HUGE irritation of mine...) Anyway, if they get up, talk, whatever I let them because hey, it's someone else's issue, not mine. If they are bleeding, then they can come on down. I already am forced to do other people's jobs, not gonna take on that one too!!
  5. by   SchoolNurseBSN
    Quote from cowgirlBSN
    I have this exact problem!! I'd say atleast 4 out of 5 days a week. Kids get brought into the office to "cool off" or wait to see the asst. principal and I end up having to keep an eye on them. I feel that is not my responsibility. (We already have a secritary who doesn't stay in the office and I end up doing her job on top of mine most of the day...another HUGE irritation of mine...) Anyway, if they get up, talk, whatever I let them because hey, it's someone else's issue, not mine. If they are bleeding, then they can come on down. I already am forced to do other people's jobs, not gonna take on that one too!!
    What happens if you are called to an emergency? That is a gross misuse of the nurse's time! Anybody can answer the phone - but nobody else can help a student with an asthma attack!
  6. by   cowgirlBSN
    Tell me about it! That's the way it goes in a small school system I guess. Our doors have a lock system on them where you have to be buzzed in to get in. So when she's out I have to go into the main office and buzz people in, and then help them with what they need (call a student from class etc). Last week, I had a student in my office with an ankle sprain/possible fracture and I didn't get to the door when someone was buzzing to come in. Later, I was confronted by administration about why I didn't answer the door when people are wanting to come in??!! Talk about getting agrivated!
  7. by   SchoolNurseBSN
    Quote from cowgirlBSN
    Tell me about it! That's the way it goes in a small school system I guess. Our doors have a lock system on them where you have to be buzzed in to get in. So when she's out I have to go into the main office and buzz people in, and then help them with what they need (call a student from class etc). Last week, I had a student in my office with an ankle sprain/possible fracture and I didn't get to the door when someone was buzzing to come in. Later, I was confronted by administration about why I didn't answer the door when people are wanting to come in??!! Talk about getting agrivated!
    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I would have been so angry............................................. .
  8. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    You are not alone. I ate when the adm. and staff send kids to the HR to use the HR bathroom and to let them take a nap. Last year's principal would actually have the student come lay down in the health room and take a nap in the DARK ! Yes, you read right... All lights out. It was difficult trying to do my work and help other kids in the dark with just my little lamp on. So sickening !

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