Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Am The School Nurse

I am the school nurse.
I wonder why some kids aren’t healthy enough to attend school.
I hear their whispers behind her back as she walks in the cafeteria.
I see hope, wonder, and light inside the eyes of the students I help.
I want everyone to be healthy & happy- is that too much to ask?

I am the school nurse.
I pretend all kids look forward to school and are ready to listen & learn.
I feel 14 eyes staring at me while they wait patiently for their turn.
I am touched by the gentle tears and kindness of a mom who offers help

to  students she doesn’t know (yet)

 whose offers of help give in ways that she and I probably don’t fully understand (yet). 

I worry about students who don’t have enough
food at home to make them feel full.
I cry inside when students tell me they think no one cares about them.

I am the school nurse.
I understand that things aren’t always as they seem.
I say take responsibility for all of your actions.
I dream about Magaly, Sam, Bryan, Brandon, Kirbie
my grandparents, and my dad in heaven.
I try to remember that there isn’t always a tomorrow- so be kind and nice today.
I hope that I help (really help) at least one student every day.
I am the school nurse.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shel Silverstein Poem

Has anyone else seen this? ...
  1. Student A walks into your office complaining they are extremely ill & must go home.
  2. Assessment complete-general complaints, no fever, no other signs of being contagious.
  3. Student A denies all comfort measures.
  4. Student A insists a call to parents is made and wants permission to go home.
  5. Parent agrees (or perhaps parent gives in)....
  6. Student A leaves the office and is seen "high-fiving" a friend in the hallway with a great BIG smile!!!
No joke... Seen it happen!!

Reminds me of a great poem!

    Sick by Shel Silverstein

"I cannot go to school today"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.

My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox.

And there's one more - that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.

I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in.

My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,

I have a sliver in my thumb.

My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,

I think my hair is falling out.

My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,

There's a hole inside my ear.

I have a hangnail, and my heart is ...
What? What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is .............. Saturday?

G'bye, I'm going out to play!"


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My other motto...

If it's wet,warm, and not yours-
DON'T touch touch it!
Especially without donning your gloves first :)

I'm sure you've heard that before too...
& it just makes so much sense!

Yearly, I provide the mandated BBP training and show a super fun video...
Seriously, it is one of the best BBP videos out there.
I've even had teachers borrow it for their classrooms.

A cost saving method I implemented a few years back
was asking the local fire department to
properly dispose of the sharps containers
(no more than 1 per school year)...
This was a great way to collaborate
with the local fire department
& saves $ too!

Does the district you work for pay for a private service?
Think your local EMTs/Fire Department
might be willing to help out?  Just ask!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

CPR...Saves Lives

How many of you play the roles of
school nurse & CPR instructor?
I bet those are 2 hats a lot of school nurses wear!

I was recently talking to a group of teachers
about some of the recent CPR changes and
the locations of our schools AEDs.

We got on the topic of keeping the CPR chest compression
pace to the good old song Staying Alive!

Of course I had to search You Tube
& I found this great video!

Remember CPR really does saves lives!
I've performed CPR & CPR saves lives!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

One night of homelessness...

We were homeless for the first night of our beach vacation

Seriously... homeless-
no place to sleep, no secure place to call our home,
 lacking an adequate nighttime place to stay...
for one    L  O   N   G    night!
It was completely unplanned.  
It was weird, strange, and a little bit adventurous for us!

We slept tried to rest for a few hours in our cozy Suburban.
Which we had to turn off for fear of overheating-
it had been running for 15 hours!

We were the first customers to visit McDonalds-
where our kids were thrilled to be the first of the day
 to play on the outdoor playground.
Not to mention thrilled to use the restroom with sinks to clean our hands!

Even though this seems like a bad way to start a summer vacation
this experience made me grateful that on all other nights my kids
have a safe, warm, &cozy home to call their own! 

There are homeless students who attend my school-
& I bet there are homeless students in your school too!

Don't judge...
but there is/was a small part of me that wishes
we had been driving one of these:)


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lunch Ladies

The following poem was written
by a former student who promises
 (or threatens, I'm not sure... ha ha)
to return one day to be the boss!

This poem shows how much our lunch ladies
(and one gentleman) are appreciated!

Lunch Ladies 
to the ladies of lunch lady land,
we thank you for your helping hand

from cookies with frosting and sprinkles
the size as big as my shoe

you always have time to feed all of us
even the ones that make a big fuss

around thanksgiving i feel at home
the turkey and taters are great on their own

you always keep that great smile
even though you’ve been there quite a long while

you do so much for the students and staff
singing happy birthday and making us laugh

the smallest things can mean so much
like making a tray for the kid on a crutch

we’re like one big family -
the ladies of lunch lady land,
we thank you again for your helping hand!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Every Child Deserves A School Nurse

This video says it all!
Please don't listen to the first few minutes seconds of this video
and form your opinion.
Please listen to the entire video!
I promise you will love it :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Got Gas?

The school I work at has both a Truancy Officer & Security Officer,
but after a recent voicemail I'm thinking we need to create a
Flatulence Officer!

According to Wikipedia- flatulence is defined as:
 "the expulsion through the rectum of a mixture of gases
that are byproducts of the digestion process".

After reading the definition I doubt anyone would be interested in applying!

But (no pun intended!)... on to the recent voicemail
which was shared with me via email & went something like this:

"I received a voice mail about (confidential) and mom indicated
he has a gastric problem and wants permission
for him to fart in class and not get in trouble…
Who needs this info?"

Some things just can't be made up!

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