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BiscuitRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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It's one of those days.  I feel myself being much less patient than usual.  So now I'll spend a minute complaining about everything that's annoying me.

  • Administration moved the printer into my office.  People won't stop asking me for printer help "how do I fix a jam? Where do we keep extra paper?" or chatting my ear off while I'm trying to work.  Not caring when I say "sorry I can't help, I've got to get this done."
  • I'm keeper of the tissues.  While on the phone with a parent a little (old enough to know better) came in and screamed "I NEED TISSUES" then beat the tissue box on my door frame (as I held a "one second please" finger up) until I got off the phone.
  • Multiple high schoolers telling me they feel sick but can't find any words to describe WHAT feels ill or HOW it feels ill.  Then flabbergasted when I say they have to go back to class.
  • High schooler came in and reported symptom of "I feel like I'm being sucked to the ground like a vacuum. Like into a black hole."  WUT.

Anyone else need to vent?

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k1p1ssk has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in pediatrics.

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I just had three 3rd graders march in to my office wanting pants because they all got wet at recess. Nope, sorry. Natural Consequences. If you choose to play in a wet area, and you get wet, guess what? DEAL. One of my biggest pet peeves is being the clothing czarina.

The copier/printer is right outside my office and I have oft contemplated leaving nursing and becoming a Xerox technician. I seem to be able to fix the most complicated of jams these days. So yeah, I FEEL your pain with that one. 

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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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14 minutes ago, BiscuitRN said:

"I feel like I'm being sucked to the ground like a vacuum. Like into a black hole."

Sounds like you feel the same way, LOL!!!  Days like you are having blow!  Hang in there.

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Flare is a ASN, BSN and specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

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i am the keeper of the tissues.  I don't really care except when tissue runs disturb other higher priority functions - such as a student trying to stop me from leaving my office for tissues to attend to an emergency so they can get classroom tissues.  Also - the board office expected me to police them to one box per - i stopped doing that a while ago - take what you want - make sure you leave some for me.

I fought to get my OWN private printer and won that battle.  Confidentiality rules should give you your own too.   

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JenTheSchoolRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in School nursing.

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I have my own printer (yes!) but for two years they put a printer/copier outside my office.

I became expert at copier jams whether I liked it or not because the copier would made a very, very annoying non stop beeping noise when it jammed. And often it jammed due to a large copy job a teacher sent down from their office and had no plans on retrieving or checking on it for hours. 

Copier was in public hallway and had a code to use it.

I would be the middle of a conversation/assessment of a student when so. many. staff would just poke their head in and interrupt to ask what the code was.

The code was sent out in email.

The code was 1234.

Seriously.

The copier was moved this year and I'm cool with that. And it no longer has a code since it isn't in a public hallway anymore. 

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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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YOU WIN THE VENT SESH AWARD.

Seriously. Who thinks the nurse's office is the right place for a printer?

Also, I quit giving out tissue.

And if you can't tell me what's wrong I can't treat it.

Also that sounds like an existential crisis and not a nursing issue....

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in kids.

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Yup I am the dispenser of the tissues as well...they are in my waiting room with a sign that says no more than 2 at a time...it is no emergency for me when the box is left empty and  no one tells me.

The fax was put in my office for about a week last year...when there were complaints that it was unavailable (from the teachers) and the concern for privacy (me, loud and clear) it got moved...oye

Drives me nuts when a person (usually an adult 🙄)  will barge into the middle of a conversation  and then be pissed if I do not acknowledge them or point to the waitng room...

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pennyeary has 2 years experience as a CNA.

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I have found my self very short with my co workers lately,  I was talking with a student the other day and one teacher just came in and started going through cabinets.  I looked at the kid and said "do you mind if we finish this when Mrs X gets what she needs? Teacher says oh sorry I just need some ibuprofen.............Nope I dont have any and why would you just come in and help yourself?   I seem to get real grumpy this time of year everything rubs me the wrong way!

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tining has 26 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nurse.

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10 minutes ago, pennyeary said:

I have found my self very short with my co workers lately,  I was talking with a student the other day and one teacher just came in and started going through cabinets.  I looked at the kid and said "do you mind if we finish this when Mrs X gets what she needs? Teacher says oh sorry I just need some ibuprofen.............Nope I dont have any and why would you just come in and help yourself?   I seem to get real grumpy this time of year everything rubs me the wrong way!

Oh goodness me too!

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OyWithThePoodles has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med-surg, school nursing..

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I was super irritated this morning! I had a parent in this morning, a man, telling me about his child's pretty serious medical event that happened a couple days ago. I didn't shut my door because I don't think that's appropriate, him male, me female. Well, I had three adults and two children come into my office and try to talk to me WHILE THE FATHER AND I ARE TALKING. Like straight up started talking over me. UMM. NO. Back up. Wait your turn. It started my whole day off funky. 

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Mavnurse17 has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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1 hour ago, OyWithThePoodles said:

Well, I had three adults and two children come into my office and try to talk to me WHILE THE FATHER AND I ARE TALKING. Like straight up started talking over me. UMM. NO. Back up. Wait your turn. It started my whole day off funky. 

I was in my office assessing a skin rash/possible allergic reaction when one of my AP's barges in with another student (whom I know is TD1 and self carries his glucagon) and says "DOES THIS STUDENT HAVE A PRESCRIPTION FOR THIS?  ARE YOU AWARE HE'S CARRYING THIS AROUND? DOES HE HAVE A PRESCRIPTION???" 

Whyyyyyy do people think this is okay to do?!?

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tining has 26 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nurse.

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I notify AP's and student's teachers that a student is carrying inhaler, epi or diabetic supplies.  If they don't remember - "I did send you info on this at the beginning of the year."

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