Thursday, December 22, 2011

The School Nurse's Christmas Card!

The School Nurse’s Christmas Card

Listen dear teachers and you shall hear
A verse from the nurse now that Christmas is near

Belly aches, head aches, popped wires in braces,
Hangnails and chapped lips and pimples on faces.

Viruses causing GI distress,
Tears and upsets cause “My life is a Mess!”

Kids with green faces approaching my door,
Barely over the threshold…all over the floor.

Tonsils that kiss, their throats are so sore,
Glands big as grapes—need I say more?

Earaches and heart aches, jammed thumb or finger,
Wheezes and sneezes and coughs that do linger.

Allergic reactions, occasional lice,
Contusions and bruises from falls on the ice.

“My Mom knows I’m sick, I’ve never felt worse,
She said, ‘go to school, and go to the nurse.’”

“I threw up on the bus, I felt like a jerk
But you can’t call my Mom, ‘cuz she’s gotta work.”

I love being your nurse, and I love all this stuff,
But by Christmas vacation, even I’ve had enough.

Enjoy your break, wipe the virus slate clear
And we’ll all start anew when we come back next year!

I hope that my poem doesn’t make you feel worse
For it comes with my love,

Merry Christmas!
 The School Nurse  

                                                            
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Time Off...

As I'm craving time off work
& more time at home-
which seems to be just right
around the corner-
I'm reminded of the kids
I work with who despise the
idea of more time at home!

I'm not saying they love school,
but I think they do love
the comfort
of being at school. 
Some of kids tend to act out
right before the holidays-
starting about 2 weeks before.

Anyone else notice this?

Last week I witnessed fights,
kids getting arrested,
sadness & anxiety in students,
 and some are angry & confused too.

School seems to offer kids
some type of comfort...
a routine, and schedule that
perhaps is lacking from their home life!

At least at school they know (pretty much)
what to expect- a warm building, running water,
2 meals (maybe snacks) and a familiar routine.

At home their house might be cold and
lack running water, no meals, and a
chaotic if any routine.

It makes me so sad!
Does anyone else see
similar behaviors the
students they help?



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Sunday, December 11, 2011

I've Been Busy...

Who hasn't felt super busy these days?

For some reason I've been REALLY busy at work too...

Last week seemed like no exception!

Within 5 days, between the hours of 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM:

1.  There were 3 calls for the ambulance (rare, but necessary this week)
2.  nine (yes, 9) calls for the wheelchair

Not to mention the "typical" office duties which this week included:

3.  110 daily medications over the week
4.  About 275 general office visits
5.  Who knows how many phone calls
6.  Around 20 emails a day
7.  2 IEP meetings (which were both       l   o   n    g          (1.5 hours each)

Thankfully I have the assistance of 2 LPNs (both part time)
who are wonderful and help A LOT!
And a school resource officer who used to be a paramedic!!

Stack of individual student cards waiting to be filed away :)



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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

School Nurse TV Series???

I was searching around on YouTube the other night and came across this video...

What in the world?

Was this really a series way back when
or is this totally made up?

Someone please help me figure this out!


How about those book titles he mentions
at the end of the video??!!##

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dinner LISTS... @ Home

The days seem to be getting busier & shorter!
How is that possible?

Seems like I have so much to get done... @ home and @ work!
One of the things at home is figuring out
Whats for dinner?!

I enjoy lists (!) and thought I better make a
weekly dinner list for the upcoming week.
It really does seem to help our busy family.

So, here is the list we came up with...

Sunday- Chili- yum!
Monday- Breakfast for Dinner (kids choice) scrambled  eggs, bacon, toast...
Tuesday- Taco Tuesday- need I say more :)
Wednesday- grilled cheese & tomato soup (kids choice)
Thursday- a new family favorite... knock off KFC chicken tender bowls with mashed potatoes & lots of gravy, a little cheese and maybe even some bacon!
Friday- frozen pizza or left overs!

I'll feel really great if we manage to follow 3/5 nights :) 
Wish me luck!


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Donation Day

Do you ever plan what you're going to do at work on a certain day?
And then you get to work and the entire plan implodes-
Happens to me all the time!

For instance...
On this particular day my office received
a ton of much needed donations.
All of the donations happened to occur
unannounced, on the same day, within hours of each other!

And so.... I had one messy office!

We received:
7 bags of clothes
20 hygiene bags
2 cases of sample size toothpastes
2 cases of toothbrushes

messy office

All of the items we received went to
very appreciative students!

It took a few days to clear things out ...
And now I'm enjoying  a clean office again.


clean office

I'm sure the clean office is short lived!- that is okay!
We receive a lot of great donations all of the time!
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