Greetings! Wishing you all a Fabulous new school year ! Question: How do you get along with the teachers in your school ? Do you feel respected ? Do you feel like a valued staff member ?
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I do feel respected. The teachers at my school, for the most part are great. There are a few, of course...
I feel like I am treated like an equal and respected. They don't really have any idea what I do and I don't think I could do their job! It took a few years, but we have a good relationship.
Overall I feel like they are glad I am at the school but I wouldn't say that I am respected. I think they feel better knowing in the event of an emergency that I am here. My first two years at one school I was talked down to and basically labeled the lice checker and butt wiper. But of course I was still expected to perform all of the other task they wanted to throw off on me. When I went to another school in the district I was very well received. I was treated with respect and they told me how happy they were that I was there. Now I am back at the first school. The talking down to me has stopped but I still do not feel respected at all. People where I live think school nurses just sit on their butts all day waiting on a kid to need something. I get told a lot "Why does the school even need a nurse." or "Man you got the gravy job dont you." Meanwhile I want to pull my hair out most days trying to get everything done being the only nurse for 3500 students spread across 8 campuses. So I think until that mentality changes then there will not be much respect.
Depends on the day, and the teacher.
I don't work in a school, but my two best friends are teachers. I actually met one of them on the job (I work in private duty and she's my patient's tutor that comes to the house!). I love teachers
No way in hell would I want their job though. We complain about paperwork as nurses, but theirs seems a million times worse.
It's kinda hard to say at this point, they do ask me for opinions and such but they have their little groups. I do talk to everyone, but I can tell the ones who don't like me. Especially after I threw truth bombs during my training presentation, sorry, but not sorry. There are some that I do like and talk well with.
Depends on the level of the school and if you travel among campuses. I find that the K-5 level of teachers can be the most challenging and the respect level is much more professional at the middle and high school levels. You must have very thick skin for this avenue of nursing. I just try to kill all with my kindness and win them over and never take anything personal because at the end of the day I am there for the students not to make friends and socialize. Sure it's nice when you connect with those you work with and create a friendship bond but there is an overall line in the sand with some teachers and other staff and it can be very unprofessional. I always lead with my medical judgement on what is best and leave it right there.
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