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laflaca has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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No, I'm not talking about coaching or clubs.  I'm talking about the completely unrelated-to-nursing tasks that you have embraced, or had thrust upon you, in your school nursing role!

My favorites:  bugs and drugs.  For reasons I cannot understand (but have finally just accepted), I am in charge of capturing and identifying all suspicious insects.  I'll put on gloves, I'll bag 'em, I'll take pictures and zoom way in, I'll nod while someone compares them to online photos.  I will openly say, "I'm no more qualified to name this bug than you are," or "you really don't study bugs in nursing school," but it seems to make people happy if I squint and appear to take it seriously. 

Also, I am in charge of identifying any loose, suspicious medication or substance.  I've identified everything from vitamins to Oxycontin (nothing that I administer!  Presumably meds that have been stolen, lost or sold and then dropped or hidden). 

 

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

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Somehow I’ve become the go-to staff member for watching detention if an administrator has to address something....mainly because I’m contracted to be in the building until 3, when most other staff leave at 2:25. I don’t mind it, it tends to be kids that see me frequently anyway. And they know not to mess with me...my famous line? “Don’t upset the person who is supposed to help you in an emergency”. Makes the kids laugh and gets the point across. 

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13 hours ago, laflaca said:

I will openly say, "I'm no more qualified to name this bug than you are," or "you really don't study bugs in nursing school," but it seems to make people happy if I squint and appear to take it seriously. 

I looooove this.  I occasionally have someone bring me a critter in a Ziploc bag.  Aaaannnnndddd?

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KidsRNstill has 40 years experience and specializes in ICU, HIV, Peds (last 30 Yrs<;o).

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3 minutes ago, Nursesusu said:

I looooove this.  I occasionally have someone bring me a critter in a Ziploc bag.  Aaaannnnndddd?

My son is in pest control; when I send him a "what is this critter" picture, his standard reply is "I'm 65% sure that's a bug".....

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1 minute ago, KidsRNstill said:

My son is in pest control; when I send him a "what is this critter" picture, his standard reply is "I'm 65% sure that's a bug".....

Genius! Have to steal this for future use....

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BrisketRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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14 hours ago, laflaca said:

Also, I am in charge of identifying any loose, suspicious medication or substance.  I've identified everything from vitamins to Oxycontin (nothing that I administer!  Presumably meds that have been stolen, lost or sold and then dropped or hidden). 

 

Same here.  The staff thinks I'm a pharmaceutical genius.  Nope, I Google "pill/tablet/capsule + color + number/letter" and the answer pops up.  The best find this year was a package of loose tobacco from Germany. They brought it to me to ask what it was...instead of the German teacher.  Believe it or not, I cannot read German.

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Eleven011 has 20+ years experience and specializes in Home Health,Dialysis, MDS, School Nurse.

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I am also the identifier of every stray pill found anywhere in or around the building.   Panic had ensued not too long ago as staff presented me with a bright red and blue capsule - 

"this looks ominous! I found it in the corner of the room!"

Me:  "Its a tylenol"

"Are you sure?  It doesn't look like any I've seen!" 

Me: "Yes, Its a rapid release caplet" - Throws it away -

*Looks at me as if I've just discarded their crack stash*

Also had a good time talking them off the ledge when a diabetic lancet was found in the parking lot.  

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

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I am the Home bound whisperer. 

Too anxious to come to school - home bound.  Too many absences for migraines, you got it home bound.  Broken leg in wheelchair - you must need home bound.  It doesn't take up too much time, however I think a lot of the request will eventually get more and more ridiculous.  

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SchoolNurse91 has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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I'm in charge of determining if a kid is high... 

They don't call the police officers we have on campus who are fully qualified to conduct sobriety tests. 

"We think this kid is high. Can you come check."

Assessment normal/abnormal. Tell admin my findings. "Well, are they high?"

I tell them I'm not qualified to make that determination yet the call every single time. 

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Official knot remover! Tied your shoes in knots for 25 minutes during math? Go to the nurse! Tied your drawstring pants too tight? Go to the nurse! Tied the bow on your dress in 37 knots? Go to the nurse! Now, I rate the knots on a scale of 1-10 for difficulty and send it back with the nurse pass😂

Bulletin boards- I LOVE doing bulletin boards. The music teacher didn't change his the year that I started, they were falling apart and the paper was faded, so I did them for him. Now I do them every year and I started doing the ones in the front hallway too. I love how excited the kids get when they see new designs and it takes one thing off of the teacher's plates (they had to do them on a rotation, each grade level every other month). 

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BrisketRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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9 minutes ago, SchoolNurse91 said:

I'm in charge of determining if a kid is high... 

They don't call the police officers we have on campus who are fully qualified to conduct sobriety tests. 

"We think this kid is high. Can you come check."

Assessment normal/abnormal. Tell admin my findings. "Well, are they high?"

I tell them I'm not qualified to make that determination yet the call every single time. 

We once had an incident in which a contract worker came in acting strangely.  I saw them in the staff lounge and as I walk out the principal stops me and whispers "in your professional opinion, is he drunk?"  

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SchoolNurse91 has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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1 minute ago, BrisketRN said:

We once had an incident in which a contract worker came in acting strangely.  I saw them in the staff lounge and as I walk out the principal stops me and whispers "in your professional opinion, is he drunk?"  

Of course. I am really flattered that they think we are all knowing. I can't tell you how many times I get a call to see if something is broken as well. Unless there is a bone popping through the skin, you're gonna need a x-ray to make that call. I had a principal say "You can't look at something and tell if it's broken???"..almost acted as if I were stupid. It's swollen. It hurts. Is there a possibility it's broken? Yep. Is there a possibility it's not? Yep. 

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