I have hired many school nurses, and honestly I have hired some wonderful ones and some awful ones. So here is my perspective for what it is worth. First school nurses are the lowest of the paid professionals in almost every school. While experienced teachers make 40-70,000 per year, a nurse is lucky to make $35,000 per year. The old saying, you get what you pay for is never truer.
Second, almost without question they are the least of the professionals in a school. Think of principals at the top of the heap and the custodian at the bottom, nurses are pretty close to part time secretaries. It is because schools essentially are an educational institution that does health care. Also, to be clear nurses are almost never in their profession at the top of the professional ladder. Think of doctors to lead nurses to floor nurse to dietary in a hospital. It is a profession without much recognition. That makes it difficult to get good folks to start with.
Finally, nurses usually come in three varieties. The kind I used to love to get retired nurses who want to stay in the profession. Nurses with children who like the school schedule are also good. Then those I disliked hiring who are trying to make a career. The third type is almost always the worst.
I do suggest an alternative and in my uniformed opinion there may be a better way to go, Changes are you have a 504 plan in place. Chances are it is fairly well detailed, but if you want to get the attention of the school, I mean the real attention of the school call a 504 meeting and refuse to sign it until you are convinced every detail is covered and every ounce of meaningful dialog is offered. This may take 2-5 meetings and i have seen them go to 10. If you do not get everything you want and i mean everything then do not sign it and file an appeal to the school department of ed.
Yes that is being tough. But it is way easier than calling advocates etc. In fact if you want do both. It will not hurt. My only point is that it might help to go the 504 plan route. In my business we call such moms many name’s none I cannot type here. But, and this is the truth, the best name I came to call them was successful. It is odd how things work out.
Any way I do appreciate your issue, I really do. No one was more sympathetic to moms and dads of diabetics than I. But, and this is also part of the issue. Be sure you are getting 100% of the story. I will tell on myself. When I was dx'd in 1974 I went to school as a senior and did not tell a soul. Least of which the school nurse. They found me walking aimlessly in the hallway and they were less than sympathetic to my protests about being a type 1. Well when I got home my mom asked if I gave the doctor note to the school nurse. Well of course I had. The come to Ricky meeting occurred in the principal office, where it was discovered the note was in my locker safely and snugly placed out of view. Let’s say it was not a pleasant come to Ricky meeting. I say this to caution that when adults meet face to face problems tend to be better resolved.
Let’s just say it was not my first or as it happened, my last come to Ricky meeting. Hey, I was a perfect child. Well ok, I was a child. Well ok, I was independent, ok look I was a PITA kid. This was my second thought when a person came to school so upset about something like this was, me, and my let’s call it independent streak. I also caution parents who would listen, to talk with the adults at the school (principal) first that way at least you tend to blow the whistle on the nurse and give the principal a chance to work it out. I am sure this has been done. However if that did not work I would go the 504 route.
The voice of the uniformed, spoken on an ipad. LOL
Please feel free to ignore my comments and remember I do not know the particulars and i was a school administrator for 15 years. That means that I take a bit of school side thinking to my answer. But if you want to really make a difference? Start complaining about nurse salary and prestige, there is way too little of both in 95% of schools in our country today