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SaltineQueen specializes in School Nurse, past Med Surge.

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mandm97 has 35 years experience as a RN and specializes in School Nurse/Supervisor.

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14 minutes ago, SaltineQueen said:

Curious why you clear it with a parent before talking to the student?

Good Question.........for the same reason Kidzcare stated--it can be very awkward if the parents does not see this as problem.  I've had parents complained (got burned a few times in 20+ years of school nursing-pre-k thru 8th grade)  that I spoke to their child about this without checking with them.  Most parents appreciate the heads up but want to have that discussion themselves.  Some parents are frustrated with the student as well and is happy for me to have a chat with child.  😀

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MHDNURSE has 21 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health.

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On 2/7/2020 at 12:37 PM, BiscuitRN said:

We ended up having student (upon their choice, older and embarrassed by the smell) get to school early, shower in the locker rooms, and uniforms washed at school and kept at school. Really saw the child's confidence and social skills sky rocket after that was put into play.

I love everything about this- a solution that works for all involved with not a whole lot of difficulty- just coordination and willing participants!  

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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On 2/11/2020 at 9:17 AM, SaltineQueen said:

Curious why you clear it with a parent before talking to the student?

Probably the age. If it's a teenager I start with them. But parents are touchy. "How dare you speak to my precious darling because someone says he smells bad. He smells like roses!"

Also - talking with the parent gives me the opportunity to assess things like whether they have a dryer or whether they even have electricity.

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