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School Nurse News – Volume 3 – Monday, December 17, 2018

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More than 50 kids sick with the flu at one elementary school [LINK]

“The school’s nurse, Christy Mason, told Pozen that the spread of the virus hasn’t slowed since the end of October….Fifty-four sounds like a lot, but you have to also look at the student population…When you look at it compared to the enrollment, it is not really considered a lot.”

It seems that it’s a hit-or-miss when it comes to your school and what “pops out” during any particular school year. We’ve had our fair share this school year at one of my schools. Here’s last week’s Go See The Nurse article: The School Nurse Guide to Influenza (The Flu)

By the way, here a link to some free stuff.

Former school nurse now faces assault charge [LINK]

Okay. First of all…if she is a former school nurse, why doe that matter? Heck! If she is a current school nurse, why is the report identifying her as a “school nurse” at all. We school nurses are pretty awesome folks but do have our limits.

Kids walk into my office, “I got punched by Billy and he punched me on purpose.” I’ll ask why. “I don’t know.” Truth…most confrontations have TWO SIDES of the story.

What I do know for sure, but I am guessing this “former school nurse” just didn’t walk over and punch someone. There’s more to this story.

With with being said, “charged with sexual exploitation” and being “charged with assault.” This poor gal has had a rough 2018 and may spend most of 2019 paying for it…and maybe 2020, 2021, 2022…

Parents of Type 1 diabetic children advocate for better management of condition at school [LINK]

You hear it all the time, “I would do anything for my kids.” But what does “anything” mean? I love it when the parents are involved and concerned…about their children. Maybe some parents are too busy being busy. And I know that many conditions are out-of-sight-and-out-of-mind. After all, the greasy wheel gets the oil. Pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fevers and rashes are pretty “squeaky wheels” and get lots of attention…diabetes…well… For the most part diabetes does not hurt. A blood glucose can get to 400mg/dL and there’s nothing other than a number on a meter.

This article reported, “‘The idea of letting someone else take care of her [child] was very scary,’ Dickey said.” And it should be. I think this mother has the right idea. I don’t know all the ins-and-outs about the school nurse that was referred to in this article.

Facing shortages, Oakland school nurses concerned about meeting student health needs [LINK]

Schaefer works for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). She is one of just 21 registered nurses looking after the health needs of almost 37,000 students across district-run public schools.

There are supposed to be 31 nurses. That’s what the budget says. But “months into the 2018-2019 school year, the district is still trying to fill the vacant positions.”

I may be out of line here…just maybe…but time away from family, increased workload and the added stress should be something that maybe the district should compensate for…and without spending a single penny beyond the budget.

Let me back up real quick. Remember when you worked “short” in the hospital or nursing facility? The census may have called for 3 nurses and 6 CNAs but you only had 5 CNAs. The day would go by a bit rougher than normal but you’d get through…but at whose benefit and whose expense? The shift was successfully completed but who pockets the 6th CNA’s day’s earnings? I often thought that if a CNA, RN, LPN or anyone picking up the efforts of vacant spots should be compensated a share of the salary the company would have spent otherwise.

These 21 nurses, during this crunch time, should be compensated for doing the job of 31 nurses. Splitting the resources of these 10 budgeted positions that are actually being “filled” by the 21 hard-working nurses would go along way in showing them how much the district appreciates their effort and their family’s sacrifices.

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