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This is the thing. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health This is the thing about school nursing: the kids do not care about the personnel drama of your organization. The secretaries, for the most part, don't know about the personn ... Read on »
Busted. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Spitfire came to my office around lunchtime saying her blood sugar was 471 and her mom wanted her to go home. This is normal these days: kids bypass me using their cell phon ... Read on »
Universal Precautions by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health This morning I had two students in my office, one waiting to go home with pinkeye and the other one also waiting to be picked up as he was feeling ill. The secretaries place ... Read on »
Senioritis by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I have 30-something days left in the school year, and five days of summer school, and then I am out of this district and into a new one. I am not at all sure the new distric ... Read on »
Outward by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Two applications, one interview (and the other interview declined) later, I have a "new" job. !!!!!! I took this job originally intending it to be a filler, a way to get a ... Read on »
Onward by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Losing the student last month was rough. As the principal said though: "We can't take them home." That doesn't stop me from wishing I could sometimes.  I've added a new ... Read on »
Untitled. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I just received word this evening that one of my students passed away this weekend of an asthma attack. He was a kindergartner this year, one I've met several times for a va ... Read on »
Reason why I like my job #53254: by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Because you just never know what these kids will say. A sixth grader comes in every day to take his Ritalin pill at the same time I see my diabetics. Each day, I say, "Hi [ ... Read on »
Salt and Ice Challenge by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I like to think I'm up with current events of young folks, but when a middle school student came in this morning with what appeared to be a second degree burn from a "game" ... Read on »
MIA by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I let a tearful second grader call home to get picked up. Her dad said he'd be on his way, so I sent her to her classroom to get her belongings. Soon after, the secretary a ... Read on »
Poison Control Center by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health It's becoming more rare that something brand new happens on this job. I've seen concussions, broken bones, stitch-requiring lacerations, etc. But I finally had the privileg ... Read on »
It Does a Body Good by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health A student that was in my office while waiting for a ride home watched me pack up my stuff to go home. I pulled my jar of pumped breastmilk out of the refrigerator in front o ... Read on »
Manic Monday by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health We were off for two weeks, although I can hardly say flying across the country with an almost nine month old just itching to crawl was a restful break. I was thrown back in ... Read on »
Lucky me by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I received notice from the public health department that a student had a lab confirmed case of pertussis the day before winter break starts. When we return from break, hopef ... Read on »
The games kids enjoy by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health My 6th grade redhead diabetic is a bashful little guy, but I have him talking far more now than he did back in August. He is on an insulin pump, and his mom packs his lunch. ... Read on »
Setting up shop by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health At one of my new school sites, there's a confiscated Razor scooter sitting parked against the wall. Months ago, a student came in to see me and asked whose it was. "Mine," I ... Read on »
Parenting. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health There's nothing that can prepare you for some aspects of parenting. One of those aspects would be the sinking feeling you get when you make an appointment with your child's ... Read on »
Cheaters by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I feel really smug about the fact that I caught someone cheating on their CPR test this week...Don't think you can pull a fast one on me! I teach Heartsaver CPR courses to s ... Read on »
It's December already. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I was going to write that I'm not really sure how this happened, but that's not the case. I know how it happened: I spent most of November getting sick, being sick, and then ... Read on »
Kids these days... by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health They can call 911 without you asking anyone to do so. I was just getting ready to pack up at my middle school and go teach a CPR class for the evening when the secretary to ... Read on »