I had a great opportunity to follow a district school nurse in the small town of Winton, CA. All I can say is that it was the cutest thing I have ever seen. The nurse, health aide, and I were assessing the children that were going to attend kindergarten. The assessments that were included were height, weight, and vision.
It was very interesting to see the different personalities. Some of the children were happy to do it, the other were not. Those that did not want to participate were scheduled for a later date. After we were done screening some of the children, the school nurse and I went to another school in the district to assist a child with type I diabetes. The child understood how to administer her own insulin shot and was able to calculate all the sugars and carbs she had eaten in order to give herself the proper dose. As we were doing that, there were two other children that collided with each other while playing. Both were fine just a few bumps; the health aide helped the two kiddos involved in the collision with an ice pack and called their parents. It was as if it was a mini ER. Children can go to the health aide or the registered nurse if they have a complaint including stomach ache, head ache, or fractures. The aid or nurse will make the decision to call the parents to pick them up, 911, send the child back to class, etc.
It was such a great experience. The staff from the school district was great. The nurse was a former CSU Stanislaus nursing program graduate and she was phenomenal. I can definitely see myself doing school nursing sometime in the future. Not necessarily as a new grad though.