This week is almost over and it’s been a pretty good one, overall.
Monday: The work day was busy and stressful and my anxiety was high. It was a long day. I think I’ve blocked out the details.
Tuesday: I trained a new nurse who, thankfully, was very “with it” as I say. I LOVE training but the trainee has GOT to have some basic nursing knowledge and some common sense or it just ends up being a frustrating day. She was able to experience a child with a badly broken arm (from recess) and all the stress and anxiety that comes along with assessing, splinting, calling mom, and comforting the child as much as possible. I usually “work alone” as the only medical professional in the school, so it was nice to have a partner with me. We saw a little over 50 kids that day, which is average for me.
Wednesday: I went on a field trip to accompany a child with a special medical need. I love seeing the students outside of the confines of my little “fishbowl” of a clinic – I need the reminder sometimes that not all the kids are sick, hurt, and constantly whining. Most of the students on the field trip were smiling, engaged, and having fun. Luckily, there were no emergencies and the day went off without a hitch. I love seeing teachers in action – my first major was Elementary Special Education before changing to Nursing. Teachers amaze me. It is no small feat to get dozens of students safely to, from, and THROUGH a field trip! There was constant head-counting, redirecting, disciplining, and plenty of learning going on. And it was a nice change of pace for me. We rode the big yellow school buses and they were just like I remembered: loud, uncomfortable, and did I mention loud??
Thursday: Today was a busy day in the clinic, full of the hustle and bustle of a beautiful, sunny Fall day. For the school nurse, that means LOTS of injuries, LOTS of asthmatics needing their inhalers, and a sprinkling of pinkeye and the stomach bug. Our school has a large Special Education population, and many of these students have medical needs such as G-tube feedings and oral medications. I LOVE our diverse population – my pediatric skills are always being used. I saw 68 students today, which is higher than average but will increase as the weather turns colder and flu season comes upon us!
Friday: (tomorrow) Who cares – it’ll be Friday!!!