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Keepstanding specializes in School Nursing.

Hello Fellow School Nurses, So I've been told that I don't do enough to try to mix with the teachers. That I don't fully understand their role and just what they go through. Okay. So if you all have any tips, please send them along. I truly want to be more friendly with teachers, but Lawd.....they certainly do send me some strange requests for students. I could literally write a book ! Thanks for any input you offer !

Flare specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

Ok - my question is do they go out of their way to mix with you and understand YOUR role?? I didn't think so...

If you need me I'll be hanging on the wall next to the fire extinguisher

Ok - my question is do they go out of their way to mix with you and understand YOUR role?? I didn't think so...

So true!!!!

Is there a rule somewhere that one needs to mingle with their coworkers? Is this same expectation in place for every role? ie: custodial staff, lunchroom aides, deans?

OldDude specializes in Pediatrics.

"Hogwash!" You'll never fully understand their role because you're not a teacher and vice versa. You may have an idea of what they do and they may have an idea of what you do but that's as far as it gets. The inference here by wanting you to understand their role actually means for you to agree with everything they do and say. Not gonna happen. Don't worry about it.

OyWithThePoodles specializes in Med-surg, school nursing..

Agree with the above. They have no idea what you do either. We are perceived as just band-aid stickin', temperature takin' loofs. When in reality we do so much more.

I'm not saying their job is easy, my husband is a teacher. But you can bet yer bippy he wouldn't send his school nurse a paper-cut, or a mosquito bite from 3 days ago.

Maybe have a sit down and discuss these things, if they truly want you to mingle, which is crap.

MHDNURSE specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health.

Did something happen to instigate this? Seems strange ti randomly request this. Fill us in...

About 2 months into my first year I got this speech too. I wasn't doing enough to get to know the teachers, ugh. I started eating lunch in the faculty room and attend a few field trips instead of sending a sub. It helped and got the principal off my back about fitting in! I'm an introvert with social anxiety and if I talk about my day at lunch, it grosses non-medical people out. They make no effort to understand what happens in my office everyday nor do I expect them to. I did find that saying things like "I know that it must be really frustrating; I understand that it's very distracting; I know that it's an inconvenience" and basically just handling with kid gloves, seems to pacify everyone. I enjoy most of teachers, really, I do, but nursing and teaching are different worlds and when you stick them together in one building, someone is going to be the odd man out-hint-it's always the nurse!

Flare specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

i do agree with Becky in that regard. I eat my lunch in the faculty rm with the same group of teachers and have for the past few years. They know not to send for senseless little piddly stuff and they see how many times I have to get up and leave lunch for various reasons. If it weren;t for meds i have often thought about eating with different cohorts. But I won't go on fields trips unless i have to - that's just personal preference

Somebody is really reaching for a reason to criticize you. As long as you are doing your job, you have nothing to be concerned about. But since you are a minority of one, I would say that it is the job of the teachers to reach out to you instead of the other way around. After all, you are in their ball park.

I had 11 campuses to attend to . . . I didn't have time for that. :rolleyes:

I will say I did try to eat lunch in the faculty lunchroom. At one elementary school where my son attended, I was more included in things. All the stuff that the teachers did behind the scenes (potlucks, etc.) I was included in and I also had a mailbox in the same place as the teachers.

I spent some time with one of the diabetic students every day and so I was in classroom a lot. I also would go outside during recess and walk around with the paraprofessionals (aka teacher's aides) and help supervise the kids.

But I live in a small town and was the nurse for 2 high schools/elementary schools/etc., that encompassed different towns 20 miles apart. And my "real" office was in the District Office away from students.

OldDude specializes in Pediatrics.

i do agree with Becky in that regard...But I won't go on fields trips unless i have to - that's just personal preference

I've said this before, I'd choose water boarding over going on a field trip.

I've said this before, I'd choose water boarding over going on a field trip.

I should add that I only went on the field trips that included my G-tube kiddo and my silent aspiration CP kiddo and ONLY because a sub really screwed up the previous year. I also hate field trips, unless it's with my own child's grade. That being said, my favorite trip of the year is the partial day at the pool, out of the building for 2.5 hours and all I have to do is take killer slow-mo video of the kids diving-with the school approved camera, of course!-

iggywench specializes in Pediatrics, school nursing.

I was a teacher for seven years in the same grade level where I currently work as a nurse. Same district, different school. I don't mingle with the teachers, because our schedules are different, and our focus at work is so different. If I eat lunch in the teacher's lounge, I get asked for medical advice, so I stay out of there. I do my best to communicate with the teachers as much as possible, and try to empower them to do as much in the classroom for the students as they can before sending them to me. My attitude is that the students aren't learning if they are hanging out in the clinic, so I try to get them back to class as quickly as possible.

My gut response is "Um what." Agree with PPs.

That's a very vague complaint. I would ask "them" to articulate specific "issues" so that you can try to focus your efforts, that is if you really feel the need to.

Good luck! This is hands down the most difficult part of school nursing to me.

I would mix more with teachers and other staff if they would let me leave my clinic for more than 2 minutes without paging me for a non-existent emergency!!

Just saying.

Jedrnurse specializes in school nurse.

Maybe if you can do some in-class health teaching with the kiddos their teachers would see you more as a person, not just "The Nurse"...

pixierose specializes in ED, psych.

Oh HECK NO :nono:, this vague request ain't cool.

This is coming from a former teacher.

Yes, teaching ain't all roses and rainbows. School nursing sure doesn't sound like it either. When educators understand that both positions have challenges, but that they have support in the form of co-workers who can commiserate -- whereas the nurse does not and is on their own -- these "requests" won't happen.

But, because common sense isn't all that common ... our nurses tried to eat in the teachers lounge and just smiled smiled smiled all the live long day (even though you just knew they wanted to strangle the next student/teacher/principal who came asking for a cough drop).

(((Hugs)))

I've said this before, I'd choose water boarding over going on a field trip.

AMEN!!!!:yes:

djh123 specializes in LTC, Rehab.

Hello Fellow School Nurses, So I've been told that I don't do enough to try to mix with the teachers. That I don't fully understand their role and just what they go through. Okay. So if you all have any tips, please send them along. I truly want to be more friendly with teachers, but Lawd.....they certainly do send me some strange requests for students. I could literally write a book ! Thanks for any input you offer !

Your post is very telling - '... they certainly do send me some strange requests for students' shows that THEY don't understand YOUR role and what YOU go through! :^)

I used to be a teacher before becoming a nurse. I think back to when I taught and wonder what sort of stupid issues I sent to our school nurse and I am hopeful that I wasn't annoying. My classroom was right by the nurse's office my first few years, so I knew how busy she was all the time, so my kids had to practically be dead before I'd send them to her. Knowing what I know now, I have a feeling that she appreciated it.

I would be annoyed if asked to just go mingle more with the teachers. School nurses don't get planning periods, and I've never met a one in my district that has a definite lunch period. When exactly should this mingling occur?

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