The tricks we use

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by kidzcare kidzcare Member Nurse

Has 5 years experience.

What "tricks" do you use to get compliance? 

One of my go to tricks when I need something from a parent (I.e., paperwork, health update for IEP) is to call and leave a vague message "Hey this is the nurse from [school]! I need to get a hold of you. Call me back as soon as you can!" 

When they call back, they're usually asking if their kid is sick and I feign ignorance "Oh, I'm sorry! I didn't mean to alarm you! There's no emergency... I need XYZ from you ASAP" 

Cas1in72

Cas1in72

Specializes in school nursing/ maternal/child hospital based. Has 28 years experience. 186 Posts

My school secretary told me to try that, and it works.  Leaving a detailed message for something I need them to do is the surest way to NOT get a call back.  Shocking! 

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 30 years experience. 2,776 Posts

I just kidnap the family pet and hold it hostage pending compliance...

cowboysandangels

cowboysandangels, BSN

Specializes in Peds. Has 22 years experience. 141 Posts

I find that texts work best.  Vague texts

 

ihavealltheice

ihavealltheice

198 Posts

I never thought of that. That's fantastic!

LikeTheDeadSea, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience. 650 Posts

I wish we could go back to withholding  report cards; alas, now that everything is electronic, reports cards can't be restricted.  There used to be field trip restriction but that was like punishing a kid for their parent's non-compliance ?

kidzcare

kidzcare

Has 5 years experience. 3,393 Posts

43 minutes ago, LikeTheDeadSea said:

I wish we could go back to withholding  report cards; alas, now that everything is electronic, reports cards can't be restricted.  There used to be field trip restriction but that was like punishing a kid for their parent's non-compliance ?

This reminds me of a story my dad told me about when we were moving back in 1984 (I was only 4 so I don't really remember). He was a truck driver at the time and asked his coworkers to come help us move. It was a Friday afternoon and he gathered everyone's paycheck and took them home with him so they couldn't back out of helping ?

Flare, ASN, BSN

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma. 5 Articles; 4,429 Posts

On 5/20/2021 at 2:19 PM, LikeTheDeadSea said:

I wish we could go back to withholding  report cards; alas, now that everything is electronic, reports cards can't be restricted.  There used to be field trip restriction but that was like punishing a kid for their parent's non-compliance ?

I loved having physical report cards - vaccine notices would go right in there!

The digital report card may be more eco-friendly, but it's less effective overall.  I would imagine there are a lot of parents who never even look at it.