So, I have completed my first week of working for a school district. In my former life, I was a teacher with this same district, and went through orientation with them back in 2001. Returning as a school nurse, they weren't quite sure what to do with me, and I was told to attend their Novice Teacher Academy last week. They have a great, week-long program for new teachers who are new to teaching or new to the district, but don't have a clue how to support new nurses. After two days of attending sessions that did not benefit me in any way, I was able to attend a training specifically for nurses.
We met at one of the high schools, and were given guidance on how to use the online documentation system that is used district-wide. Somehow, I don't have access to that software yet, and cannot enter in my new students into the system. We were also given information on how to handle specific situations that might arise as a school nurse, and that was very helpful. Thursday, I worked on setting up and organizing the clinic, and Friday, I had a day off for the first time in what feels like forever.
Tomorrow is the first day that all of the teachers return. I am looking forward to meeting everyone at my school, and continuing to figure out my role as a new school nurse. I can plan and prepare all that I want, but reality sets in on the 26th when the students return for their first day of school. Eek!