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Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

My admin is saying that I -have- to find face masks. I’ve found sites selling them for around $25 for 50. They said it’s too expensive. I’m about to cry from the frustration. I told them I cannot find them. They’re on back order and no one knows when they’ll be in stock. “We’re running out and we need to have them.”

BrisketRN, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

That is so frustrating. I know our school is panicking a bit, but I told them that masks just aren't available. The new CDC guidelines say that masks for school staff should not be respirators or surgical masks. So really what would be suggested is reusable cloth masks. Even so, I feel your frustration. I'm sorry they're trying to pawn this off on you. You can't control the nation-wide shortage of masks.

SchoolNurse91, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

10 minutes ago, BrisketRN said:

That is so frustrating. I know our school is panicking a bit, but I told them that masks just aren't available. The new CDC guidelines say that masks for school staff should not be respirators or surgical masks. So really what would be suggested is reusable cloth masks. Even so, I feel your frustration. I'm sorry they're trying to pawn this off on you. You can't control the nation-wide shortage of masks.

Unfortunately our school district can not afford thousands of cloth masks.

BrisketRN, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

30 minutes ago, SchoolNurse91 said:

Unfortunately our school district can not afford thousands of cloth masks.

Yes, it doesn't seem feasible for schools to afford all of the masks and precautions the CDC has recommended. I don't know how any of this will work.

Keeperofbandages, LPN

Specializes in School Health. Has 7 years experience.

1 minute ago, BrisketRN said:

Yes, it doesn't seem feasible for schools to afford all of the masks and precautions the CDC has recommended. I don't know how any of this will work.

It is frustrating for me that I am trying to figure out what supplies to order for next year (besides the usual gloves, bandages, wipes, etc.) and honestly don't know where to begin because who knows whats going to happen between now and August. Masks are nearly impossible to find, Non-contact thermometers are hard to find.

SchoolNurse91, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

It’s all so frustrating. I have no clue what to do.

Keeperofbandages, LPN

Specializes in School Health. Has 7 years experience.

1 minute ago, SchoolNurse91 said:

It’s all so frustrating. I have no clue what to do.

I promise you are not the only school nurse feeling that way. I feel most of us feel the same way you do. I just hope we have a better idea of what were going to be facing come the beginning of the new school year before we actually return back to prepare for the new school year.

SchoolNurse91, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

3 minutes ago, Keeperofbandages said:

I promise you are not the only school nurse feeling that way. I feel most of us feel the same way you do. I just hope we have a better idea of what were going to be facing come the beginning of the new school year before we actually return back to prepare for the new school year.

I think what makes me so upset is the administration basically telling me I have to come up with these masks. There is no other option. I’ve told them continuously that my hands are tied. I have no clue when these items will be in stock. They keep telling me that I have to find them.

Keeperofbandages, LPN

Specializes in School Health. Has 7 years experience.

Just now, SchoolNurse91 said:

I think what makes me so upset is the administration basically telling me I have to come up with these masks. There is no other option. I’ve told them continuously that my hands are tied. I have no clue when these items will be in stock. They keep telling me that I have to find them.

I would either print or send a photo in an email of proof that the places you usually get supplies from are out of stock and you are unable to order them. I would make sure to keep a paper trail of your communication regarding face masks.

SchoolNurse91, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

1 minute ago, Keeperofbandages said:

I would either print or send a photo in an email of proof that the places you usually get supplies from are out of stock and you are unable to order them. I would make sure to keep a paper trail of your communication regarding face masks.

Oh, I have. They told me to check grocery stores and hospitals suppliers.. even though I’ve told them that I can’t order from a hospital supplier. I’ve called grocery stores to get prices and amounts, but they’re too expensive. I feel like I’m wasting my time doing this because I know they won’t pay those prices.

Keeperofbandages, LPN

Specializes in School Health. Has 7 years experience.

1 minute ago, SchoolNurse91 said:

Oh, I have. They told me to check grocery stores and hospitals suppliers.. even though I’ve told them that I can’t order from a hospital supplier. I’ve called grocery stores to get prices and amounts, but they’re too expensive. I feel like I’m wasting my time doing this because I know they won’t pay those prices.

I'm not sure where you purchase supplies from but my school purchases most of my supplies from McKesson. I am not sure if they have any though.

SchoolNurse91, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

2 minutes ago, Keeperofbandages said:

I'm not sure where you purchase supplies from but my school purchases most of my supplies from McKesson. I am not sure if they have any though.

I’ve tried McKesson, SNS, MacGill, and school health

Keeperofbandages, LPN

Specializes in School Health. Has 7 years experience.

1 minute ago, SchoolNurse91 said:

I’ve tried McKesson, SNS, MacGill, and school health

I use McKesson, SNS and MacGill (mainly McKesson). I used to use School Health at my previous school, but we do not have an account with them at my current school.

SchoolNurse91, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

Just now, Keeperofbandages said:

I use McKesson, SNS and MacGill (mainly McKesson). I used to use School Health at my previous school, but we do not have an account with them at my current school.

Well, they’re telling me to look at grocery stores so I don’t think having an account is an issue 😂😂😂. I don’t imagine Walmart takes POs. Tough times.

Flare, ASN, BSN

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

what's your mask budget? Cloth masks are available on Custom ink for 120 / $200. about $1.70 a piece.

SchoolNurse91, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

5 minutes ago, Flare said:

what's your mask budget? Cloth masks are available on Custom ink for 120 / $200. about $1.70 a piece.

Great. I’ll look into that.

I found the state protocol for temperature checks. Face mask, face shield, gowns and gloves. Where are we suppose to find all of this??

scuba nurse, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 31 years experience.

Are you supposed to provide for your whole school, or district? I can see having a small supply in your office in case if issues, but providing for all is unreasonable.

in MA everyone has to wear a mask, so everyone should already have one when we go back to school, that is basically what my director is saying. I think it should be part of the back to school supply list!

SchoolNurse91, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

4 minutes ago, scuba nurse said:

Are you supposed to provide for your whole school, or district? I can see having a small supply in your office in case if issues, but providing for all is unreasonable.

in MA everyone has to wear a mask, so everyone should already have one when we go back to school, that is basically what my director is saying. I think it should be part of the back to school supply list!

For all staff and students. I don’t agree with it, but people aren’t listening to me