When will the lice drama end???

  1. I got an email late last night from one of our third grade teachers, telling me she had just gotten a message from a parent of one of her students that "she has lice and since none of her cousins have it it must have come from school".

    I emailed the teacher back this morning and just said "Thanks for letting me know". The teacher replied "can you please come check the whole class? I don't want it to spread. I emailed our DSO and she told me you would come do that". I about spit my coffee out as my DSO knows I won't do whole class checks. She is also away, so I can't talk to her in person. I emailed the teacher back with the CDC, AAP and BOH recs of not doing head checks or sending out letters to entire class and told her I would not be doing either. Also offered to discuss in person if she had concerns. I emailed my DSO as well to remind her of the recs.

    I long for the day when LICE will be no big deal to teachers and parents. I get it, it's a PITA. My DD had lice for the first time the first day of Summer Vacation this year and I wanted to cry (she has loooooong, wavy hair), but other than the inconvenience of having to comb for so many days, it was NBD.
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  3. by   OldDude
    I don't think school nurses in Narnia have to deal with head lice; otherwise they'll be here as long as human heads exist.

    But it can be fun to watch
  4. by   SaltineQueen
    Never. It will never end.
  5. by   pedi_nurse
    Never.
  6. by   Amethya
    NEVER
  7. by   BunnyBunnyBSNRN
    But since we just sit in our offices all day surfing the internet and playing on AllNurses, we have time to do class head checks....
  8. by   pedi_nurse
    Quote from BunnyBunnyBSNRN
    But since we just sit in our offices all day surfing the internet and playing on AllNurses, we have time to do class head checks....
    I have no idea what you are talking about.
  9. by   Supernrse01
    NEVER. EVER.
  10. by   jess11RN
    I quote my secretary from the other day..."What is the PURPOSE of lice? I mean, at least mosquitoes are food for other animals, lice literally serve NO purpose on this planet." Hahahaha!!!!!!
    I'm glad to have some coworkers that can laugh about it.
  11. by   CampyCamp
    I'm with you. Virtually every school district within 20 miles of mine has a "nit free" policy, so naturally we must, too.

    I'm so over the hysteria. People above me are upset because I don't exclude enough, familes upset and crying or angry because I exclude too often, nurses bickering about what to do. Classmates tired of routine checks, lousy kids with desperate haircuts, and anxious itchy teachers. ARGHHHHHH!

    Meanwhile, I've learned that I could get paid more if I worked for a lice removal salon. Since I'm expected to pick nits any way.
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    Why doesn't every community have a Center For Lice Control that will come to the home for comb outs + TX providing their own proprietary "non chemical" solution, "even works against those pesky supper louse" .... just saw their sign during this weeks visit to my beloved Needlepoint shop in Havertown,PA

    We deliver a friendly, professional lice treatment experience that will put your mind at ease. Every available family member should receive a combing head check. If lice or nits are detected, we will discuss treatment options. We're available 24/7.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 3
  13. by   Alex Egan
    I just don't understand what the big deal is. Use the nuvo method once a week until no one has lice. Don't pick nits, don't use chemicals.

    one of the PAs I work with had a lice company come out and treat the family. $750. I told her to call me next time I'll do it for half that.
  14. by   NurseSpeedy
    Quote from Alex Egan
    I just don't understand what the big deal is. Use the nuvo method once a week until no one has lice. Don't pick nits, don't use chemicals.

    one of the PAs I work with had a lice company come out and treat the family. $750. I told her to call me next time I'll do it for half that.
    Up until about a year ago I didn't even know these type of companies existed-that was when I received an email looking for a nurse who would do head lice checks and treatments. Nope, no interest in becoming a professional nit-picker.

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