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  1. Greetings! I am so happy I found this site. How wonderful to have a network of nurses! I started my nursing career in NICU straight out of college. LOVED it! After having kids the schedule was not working for me so I am working in a school district. My question is this.... I am now new to the district with this position. Not really a school nurse more like a resource for staff and students. I train staff on CPR, Epi Pens, Diabetes, Seizures things like that. I am wanting to find a resource where I can make sure our district is up to date on everything health related. The superintendent mentioned that he would consider having a school nurse if he sees that I am an asset. How can I make sure I do everything I can to prove that? lol


    I work in Belleville, Michigan (Van Buren Public Schools)
    Last edit by dmunoz1231 on Dec 28, '17 : Reason: adding my location
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  3. by   halohg
    Hmmm, interesting. Might be a hard sell if the staff is trained on all of that, other than how do they deal with daily meds and emergencies. See if you can work with your attendance officer and get historical data as to why students are absent, you could create value by demonstrating how school nurses allow for decrease absenteeism. How do they handle compliance with immunization requirements and health assessments as well as vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings? All of that brings a value. Also building a liability story or example how staff handles current emergencies and is the district at risk for not having a liscensed invididual responsible. Even if the staff is trained how likely are they to use that training. I would have that question in your post assessment follow up. What good will your training provide if no one is really willing to use the epi pen for AED or if their teacher contracts void the responsibility. Even though many states are not required to have a RN in schools most do simply to reduce liability. Good luck
  4. by   Farawyn
    Who oversees immunizations? Concussions? Day to day illness?
  5. by   MHDNURSE
    I would look into Michigan regulations on who is allowed to administer medications for students. Also look at school absentee rates and find data to show that having a nurse present increases school attendance rates. So often I have kids come see me that the teacher wants me to send home and with a little TLC, maybe a dose of tylenol and 15 minutes of rest, that kid is able to go back to class and not need to go home.
  6. by   OldDude
    As far as the general overview of industry standard of care the AAP would be the gold standard as far as I'm concerned.
  7. by   WineRN
    Quote from halohg
    Hmmm, interesting. Might be a hard sell if the staff is trained on all of that, other than how do they deal with daily meds and emergencies. See if you can work with your attendance officer and get historical data as to why students are absent, you could create value by demonstrating how school nurses allow for decrease absenteeism. How do they handle compliance with immunization requirements and health assessments as well as vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings? All of that brings a value. Also building a liability story or example how staff handles current emergencies and is the district at risk for not having a liscensed invididual responsible. Even if the staff is trained how likely are they to use that training. I would have that question in your post assessment follow up. What good will your training provide if no one is really willing to use the epi pen for AED or if their teacher contracts void the responsibility. Even though many states are not required to have a RN in schools most do simply to reduce liability. Good luck
    I agree with all of the above. There is a difference in the mindsets of health care and educational professionals, and I have found that by giving numbers/stats to back up what I am saying helps tremendously.

    Looking at absence trends, showing that a nurse can stop/slow the spread of fast moving bugs through early identification and intervention, handling all medical paperwork saves staff xxhours, things like that

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