So, you get to give kids band-aides all day?

Um, no.

That is not what I do.

Have you ever wondered what, exactly, a school nurse does? I had a different opinion on this before I was one, and while I don't think I will do this forever and feel we aren't always looked highly upon, which has caused me to be extremely frustrated... there is a definite value in the School Nurse. And sometimes, when you have some extremely, extremely bad work days, you have to find the positive in the little things. a la St. Therese, of course.  When I take a step back and look at all that I do do... I am one busy lady.

I love "day in the life" posts.... and I don't think my normal days are worth blogging about, I thought a work day would be good. And, hopefully give you a little understanding in what we do.

7:15am
Arrive at school, today I'm at one of my elementary schools.

7:20
Check email.
Write emails.

Weird pic, I know. But, I couldn't risk putting email info on here!

7:40
A little boy comes into the clinic because he is itchy and has bug bites all over him.
Apply pink Calamine spots all over his neck, arms and legs.
Send him on his way.

8:15ish
Begin the never-ending, tedious "fun" that is taking information from the students' emergency cards and entering the information into our EMR.

That would be 1024 emergency cards.

8:30
Have my clinic assistant (CA) check my head for lice.
Because... it's lice. Ain't nobody got time for that.

9:40
A call from my CA at the other elementary school about one of my diabetic kids.
Take care of that.
More emergency cards.

10:15
Answer more emails.

11ish
Confirm meeting time for a 504 (sets up accommodations for students with medical needs)

11:30ish
Confirm details about the 6th grade health screens at my middle school for the next day.
Kind of stress a little about all that... but realize it will get done and be fine.

12:05
Sit at desk to eat some lunch, while continuing with the emergency cards.

12:20
Another call from my other CA about the same diabetic having a low blood sugar.

12:40
Call the diabetic doctors to discuss a new plan for this student in regards to having PE right after lunch, causing him to be low.

12:52
Send email to CA about the new changes.
Continue with emergency cards.

1:20ish
Help clean up a kid who fell outside on the play ground, get him ice and turn around to see that he left already.
I guess he didn't really need that ice.

1:45
Send some letters home to parents, regarding further information about their child's health conditions.
Update the computer.

1:55
More emergency cards.

2:05
A big hug from my favorite little girl, as she picks up her diabetic bag from the clinic to go home.
Check more emails.
More emergency cards.
More letters home.
File some papers.
All afternoon.

3:30
Goooo home.

Some days are more busy clinics days... helping my CAs with the crazy that does become the clinic. Some days I don't eat until the very end of the day. Other days are screening days with my fellow nurses throughout the county. And even doing some trainings for specific types of conditions. This particular day was obviously more administrative/computer/charting work. And some days, I really have no interaction with the kids. Which, for me, is the hardest part.

But, even with all the crazy and hard stuff, I have realized how important having a nurse is. We are usually the only medical professional in the building, and with that comes great responsibility. We are asked questions all of the time, from students, teachers, staff... and we are expected to speak to whatever subject area is thrown at us. There is a lot of education in this job, more than I ever realized.

There is connecting to your community and learning your resources to better serve your students.

There is getting the most up to date health information on your students so that they can be in school full time to learn and grow.

There is giving a hug to a student who is just having a bad day. A teacher who is frustrated.

There is advocating for the kids who have any sort of health conditions in an education world who does not think about them.

And there are the many joys with the kids that I have so enjoyed.

Oh, and there is giving the clinic a much needed facelift. :)


Who knows how long I will be doing this, but this is where I am right now. I can only continue to look at the good and the positive and keep plugging along. :)



Did you notice?!  I never once gave a band-aide! ;) 

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4 comments :

  1. Being homeschooled (way back in the day) I had no idea what school nurses did. I got a little bit an an idea when I helped take care of special needs children at my housekeeping job, but still, school are foreign places to me. Thanks for enlightening me! :-)

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    1. haha! No prob. :) I am all for enlightening!

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  2. I can't believe I literally just hit publish on my own day in the life post and then hop over and realize you just did one too. I can't believe you don't see more boo boo and stomach ache kids. When I did clinical with a school nurse I feel like every 5 minutes a student was walking through the door. Thanks for sharing a day in the life, I enjoy them so much. And please share a normal day, I am sure it is worth blogging.

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    1. :) :)

      Ohhh... my elementary clinics are BUSY! Because I have 3 schools and can't be at each all of the time, there is a clinic assistant that is there full time. She is the one that handles most of the things: tummy aches, bumps and scrapes, giving meds, etc. The school nurse doesn't always handle all those things!

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