Hope I did the right thing!

Monday, May 10, 2010

I've mentioned on my feed about my little one's playground accident. She fell and ripped her upper lip away from her top gum. The teacher called me, and I went to the school and took her to the doctor. She had to have three stitches to reattach it. I thought that was it, until....

I was sub-teaching last week when I overheard a few teachers complaining about the school nurse. One of them said that she had sent a child back to the classroom even when she needed stitches. I chimed in that the child they were talking about was mine, but I had not been told that she had been sent back to class by the nurse.

So, this morning I went and talked to my daughter's teacher and the EA in that class who was with my daughter when she was taken to the nurse. I was told that the nurse took a look at her, announced that she busted her lip, gave her a bag of ice, and sent her back to class. She didn't even touch her; even though she was bleeding "a lot." I went to the principal with this information. He told me that I would have to file a complaint with the director of schools if I wanted anything to be done about it.

I didn't even talk to the nurse. I don't think it would have done any good. I was sub-teaching one day and had a student who was throwing up. I sent him to her with a note that he was vomiting. She sent him back to class with a note that he didn't have a fever. I called her to ask if his parents had been called, and she informed me that it was her decision who to send home and that he wasn't going anywhere. It took him throwing up in the hallway and another teacher bringing him to the office for the boy to go home.

I hope that I did the right thing. I don't want anyone to get in trouble, but she didn't do right by my daughter. If they had waited for my daughter to come home by bus, it would have been nearly 6 hours before she would have been seen by a doctor since the accident. I don't even know if they'd been able to stitch it back in place by then.

Thanks for listening to the gripes!
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    wow.... and she still has a job? sounds like she needs an attitude adjustment or to find a different vocation.

    2949 days ago
    Sending a vomiting child, even without a fever, back into a classroom full of healthy children is NOT a good idea.... and a healthcare provider who is too squeamish to touch a bleeding patient to examine them should be looking at another career path.

    You did right. That nurse needs to reconsider her care giving.
    2963 days ago
    Lonken, I don't disagree with you at all. You are just trying to protect children. I don't believe God will hold that against you. emoticon
    2964 days ago
    i would have been fired. well actually i was fired for going off on my sons teacher at a daycare where i worked. you were right. that "nurse" needs to go back to school and learn what her job is. a sick or injured child does not need to stay in school. i don't care how badly they are, or aren't, if a teacher sends them to the nurse then they need to go home and get moma's love to make it better. why do we have more "bad" people working in our schools than we have good? i'm sorry, but i have had bad experiences in the school system. my two are now home schooled.
    hope your little one is doing ok and she won't have a scar.
    2964 days ago
    I believe you definitely did the right thing. Stand your ground.

    2964 days ago
    She needs to get a different job. Not all bumps and bruises can be cured by an ice bag and being sent back to class. I hope your daughter is ok now.
    2964 days ago
    You followed your heart and gut on this... and that is the right thing to do.

    Stay strong!
    2964 days ago
  • NANCYMT6151

    Sounds to me like that is one school nurse who needs to get a different job! Yes, I believe you did right to complain. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease!!
    2964 days ago
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