Violence towards Nurse?


I was wondering if school nurses ever encounter violence towards them. I don't ever see it mentioned. I've had two students threaten me. It shocked the hell out of me because they were both 12! I work in a fairly diverse middle school but I have had student tell me to do my job, call me fat and two verbal threats. I've complained to the higher ups but they seem just overwhelmed with entitled parents. I know there are only a few more weeks till school is out but I'd like to know if for the future if there a different way to handle

NutmeggeRN, BSN

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Specializes in kids. Has 40 years experience.

ugh,,,I have had a few get verbally aggressive. The worst was during Covid...a parent was crazy mad because I was excluding a child based on sx and rules in place at the time. Fortunately, my principal intervened and advised him to never speak to one of his staff members like that again.

Specializes in Peds. Has 23 years experience.

We have behavior units in my school so I have so experience in this.  Document and report anything you know is a red flag.  

Specializes in pediatrics, school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

No threats or physical harm from any kids, but I have definitely been verbally abused by parents - mostly while enforcing COVID rules in the early days, but also with a few anti-vax parents and parents with TBI histories who are just irrational to begin with, so I never take it too seriously. Any time anyone starts to get heated on the phone, I try to get a witness and let the parent know I am going to put them on speaker phone. From there, if they continue to berate me, I tell them that they sound very upset and if they would like to continue the conversation when they have calmed down, I would be happy to, but if the yelling is going to continue, I am hanging up. I almost always end up hanging up and letting admin know about it.