Today was nothing short of a barrel of laughs, mostly politically incorrect and directed at each other, and it reminded me of what I am missing as a school nurse: camaraderie in colleagues. Our position is so independent that while we become part of our school's staff, we're also on our own and "at the other school" so often that we miss out on a lot of action at every school. An important benefit of this position, though, is one I'm frequently thankful for: in being so independent, drama (at least that I'm aware of, which I try to keep to a minimum) is at a minimum, and certainly no micro-managing is taking place.
Tuesday we screened the 7th grade girls for scoliosis, and today we finished off the school with the 8th grade boys. A few lessons I learned in these two days:
- Boys smell bad.
- Girls take a long time to undress and dress.
- My eye is as good as any level. The key to scoliosis screening is in spotting asymmetries, and some nurses do this by running their hands all over the kids' backs. I'm not sure of any middle schooler who enjoys being touched by strangers, and I'm confident that my hands-off screening is just as accurate as those that feel all over the place.