Got a call during my lunch break from one of the other buildings. Actually, two- I missed the first call and then another staff person called me right away. The call was about a boy who had an albuterol neb treatment this morning at school, and now 4 hours later he looks like he needs another one due to his coughing, but the doctor's order states every 6 hours.
I didn't see the boy this morning- the classroom gave him the AM neb, because in my state pre-k falls under early childhood and so classroom staff have health duties. I told the person on the phone that I hadn't seen how he looked today, but we can't go outside doctor's orders and give meds 2 hours early, so if it looks he's have breathing issues again, mom needs to be called to pick him up early. I also mentioned I'd be heading to that building in the next 15 minutes or so, but that I wouldn't be able to give a neb or really do much else to help, so my presence would NOT be a substitute for calling mom right away.
I can't even leave my office because 10 minutes later another staff person calls to tell me he doesn't look that bad, just has a weird cough, and so she's not sure why he would need to be sent home. Also, she wants to know why can't we give him medicine early, because the last nurse used to give permission for that?
I again explain that we're not allowed to do that, I don't do that, and that again, someone needed to call mom NOW. The person told me she would have someone else do that, but a call would be made.
Of course I get stuck in traffic on top of the second call and so make it over to the classroom 45, not 15, minutes later. But I figure, hey that's ok, this is why we call parents in the absence of the nurse, so they can be made aware of what's going on and come get their kids and take care of them. Nope! Kid still there, nobody has called, and of course his lungs sound crappy and he looks sick. So guess what happens- I call mom and ask her to pick him up early, which is what I said 50 minutes ago!!
The kicker is, I'm now super angry that people held me up in the first place by questioning my judgement, and then didn't follow through on what they said what they would do, and all they can do is give crap answers like "I couldn't find so-and-so to make the call and I wasn't going to do it". And when the supervising educator sees me upset about what happened, she gets mad at ME for insisting that she follow up on the matter and speak to the classroom ed staff about what they did or did not do, telling me that I'm talking down to her and telling her how to do her job and manage her staff. Um, this is a health issue, and I have a nursing license to maintain, and you don't, so I'll be darn well upset whenever I please, thank you.
Am I crazy here? What gives? And is it the weekend yet? UGH.