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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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I had to use cooking oil (cold) to get a kids head unstuck from between two bars on a staircase.  He stuck his head between the poles and couldn't get it out, we had tried everything (soap, vaseline...etc...). So I said I wonder if the cafeteria has anything...sure enough they had cooking oil! Worked great! Kid was fine!

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MrNurse(x2) has 28 years experience as a ADN and specializes in IMC, school nursing.

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21 hours ago, MegWorth said:

 

I also had to pull a toothpick out of a students knee.  The story is - The student tripped and ended up falling onto the toothpick that was supposedly sticking straight up on the floor, hence the reason why it went half way into his knee.

I had the same thing! I had a student get a toothpick stuck between her knee high boot and knee and knelt full force. Luckily mom was at the school, I sent her to the ER because medium force didn't budge it. It had gone in about 1.25 inches. She still has it in a specimen cup with the blood line showing how deep.

 

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removed a giant glob of slime from a kids hair.  I mean a GIANT gob.  Like - I CAN'T leave it there gob.  Parents too far away and kid in full on panic mode.  For the record, it was the bodywash sample that i got from p&g that did the trick.  

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1 hour ago, MrNurse(x2) said:

I had the same thing! I had a student get a toothpick stuck between her knee high boot and knee and knelt full force. Luckily mom was at the school, I sent her to the ER because medium force didn't budge it. It had gone in about 1.25 inches. She still has it in a specimen cup with the blood line showing how deep.

 

My students toothpick went about an 1" in and I was able to pull it out smoothly, thankfully! 😅

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55 minutes ago, Flare said:

removed a giant glob of slime from a kids hair.  I mean a GIANT gob.  Like - I CAN'T leave it there gob.  Parents too far away and kid in full on panic mode.  For the record, it was the bodywash sample that i got from p&g that did the trick.  

FYI-vinegar gets slime out of ANYTHING. Not that a kid would want to go around smelling like an easter egg all day at school, but I've removed TONS from my carpet using vinegar and if I had to use it in my own kid's hair, I'd do it.

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5 hours ago, MHDNURSE said:

This literally JUST happened in the last hour.  But not for a student, for the science teacher.  Our school unfortunately has a mouse issue b/c they are doing construction to expand half the building and we are in an urban setting.  Anyway, the science teacher just found a little mouse in the girl's bathroom, looking a little under the weather, so she put him in a little container and brought him to her office.  Her office mate lost her mind and told her no way could the mouse stay in there.  It is torrential rain and wind here as we have a Nor'Easter right now, so she didn't want to just dump the little guy out on the street for fear he would drown or freeze.  SO, me being the lover of ALL creatures offered to babysit the mouse in my office while she taught science.  So little mouse has been chilling in my office in the box.  BUT, I guess he REALLY wasn't feeling well b/c he just ran in about 6 circles, keeled over, and died 😱  

Noooo!!! Poor mouse :(

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shark_nurse14 has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nursing.

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  • Sewed a blanket from home so a student wouldn't "lose circulation to [my] leg in the middle of the night"
  • Poured  chocolate milk into a plastic cup so they could make sure there was nothing else in the cafeteria carton
  • Driven the forgotten diabetic care kit (only one meter 😣) to students house so they were safe all weekend...no one was home and mom said door was unlocked! Was hoping it wasn't a prank.
  • Removed an arm from between the railing and the staircase...that was almost a call to the fire department 
  • GOT A STUDENTS EAR UNATTACHED FROM THE UNDERSIDE OF HIS DESK...I don't know if there's any way to explain the situation to make sense....
  • Drained pus from the worst ear infection I've ever seen. Got about 45mLs of green, clumpy, pus!

All instances weird in their own way. There's probably more but I can't think of any right now....TGIF

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Cut apart a poor plastic recessive Annie mannequin head to remove a kids finger that was stuck in her mouth... 😮👈

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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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On 3/22/2019 at 10:56 PM, Jenniferocious said:

Cut apart a poor plastic recessive Annie mannequin head to remove a kids finger that was stuck in her mouth... 😮👈

Oh my gosh those things are like $1K!

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On 3/22/2019 at 10:56 PM, Jenniferocious said:

Cut apart a poor plastic recessive Annie mannequin head to remove a kids finger that was stuck in her mouth... 😮👈

A little enthusiastic with the finger sweep?!

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CampyCamp has 18 years experience as a RN.

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I wish I remembered half the things that have made me say "I can't believe I'm doing this" or "what? no! That's not my job... Oh let's see it..."

Coming to mind is:

-telling a child that the white and red thing on his tray was overbaked cheese with pizza sauce, not a tooth. 

-using hemostats to disentangle the curly looped end of a RC car antenna from a pair of basketball shorts where it got woven around and hooked into those tiny eye holes in the fabric in multiple spots

-tried to ease an earring back off the earring...after the earlobe had started to regrow around it. Had to defer that to the doctor.  

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GetBackToClassRN has 15 years experience and specializes in Pediatrics, Hematology Oncology, School Nurse.

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-A couple girls at lunch decided to wad up the wax covering from a Babybel cheese into a sticky ball, then one girl thought it would be funny to stick it in the other girl's hair.  Uh, no!  That was a joy to try to remove and we ended up just calling the parent, because the waxy mess caused a huge ugly clumpy red knot in her hair.  

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