Chickens at work

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by CoolWife, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Well it finally happened. Someone at school tested positive. 1/3 of the kids were sent home today. I only know what happened because one of the other math teachers knows and is involved in everything at school and he told me. Staff still have not received an email regarding it. That makes me a little angry because some of my students were sent home which means I was also exposed. I keep my mask on except at lunch when no-one is in the room and I think that should be ok (back door to outside is open, windows open and giant air purifier on) but I’m due for a booster in 2 months so I’m a little concerned about the efficacy of my vaccine currently. I have no idea when all the students will be back. This year is going to be a shit show unfortunately.
     
  2. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Ugh I’m sorry
     
  3. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    That sucks. I’m sorry.
     
  4. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Yeah. I feel bad for the kids because their education is going to be so spotty but there’s nothing I can do. CA mandated all teachers be vaccinated and I wish they had done that for age 12+ students also. The TDAP is already a requirement going into 7th grade and they can’t come to school until they get it so just add on the covid vaccine to that requirement. I know some can’t get vaccines for medical reasons but if all the other kids got it, we wouldn’t have 1/3 of the student body quarantined at home.
     
  5. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    A friend of mine is a school nurse here and she was like, “Look, when we completely shut down again by November, we’ll be able to shrug our shoulders and say we tried.”
     
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  6. virgo

    virgo Chicken

  7. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    I just finished my first job fair/presentation for a hospital in the Bay Area. I'm so excited and scared to start job hunting again. Hopefully it doesn't take 90+ applications this time around.
     
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  8. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Good luck Lh!! Any hospital would be lucky to have you.
     
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  9. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Today was an epic shitshow of a day at work.
    > Before my shift started, the elevators for my building apparently went down for a minute. I didn't know because I use a different entrance. It was chaotic.

    > It was surprise fire drill day!!! Note, I've been here for only 2 years, and this is my 4th surprise fire drill day. They have them twice a year. Yeah. It lasted for THIRTY MINUTES.

    > I had the easiest assignment on the floor and STILL had to skip lunch. If my coworkers didn't have nursing students with them today, I have no idea how they would have coped with the insane workload.

    > We started the day with a completely full floor and discharged about half of the patients. Night shift still started with a full floor. L&D is still 75% full.
     
  10. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    I never thought about hospitals having fire drills. How does that even work? Does everyone including patients evacuate?
     
  11. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    No, thank Jeff Goldblum. There are a few admins or safety officers or whatever they're called who walk the hospital. They check to make sure each unit's fire alarms work and that the staff do the right things.
     
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  12. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Lol I was totally picturing a school style fire drill and couldn’t imagine how that would work in a hospital. :lol:
     
  13. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Patient: OMJG this pain is unbearable! I can't even get out of bed to go to the bathroom!

    Doctor: oh, that's bad. So you're not ready to go home...?

    Patient: (jumps out of bed) Yes! I am totally ready to go home! I have so much to do there!

    Me and doctor: :eyebrow: o...kay...
     
  14. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Lol. You get your 4 narcotic pills like everyone else.
     
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  15. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    "Hi. I'm on the baby floor and found some expired lab stuff in a drawer in our nursery. How do I dispose of them?"

    Lab: no idea. Ask the supply room.
    Supplies: oh, good question. You should ask lab.

    K. Thanks.
     
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  16. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    I’m really, really done with neonatal ICU night shifts.
     
  17. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    <3
     
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  18. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Security guy, scolding me: Now you know - don't go around pushing buttons you don't know.

    I saw a weird button I'd never noticed before. It was my unit's secondary station "code gray" button. Fyi that's the combative/violent person(s) alarm and gets broadcast to the whole hospital and summons security.

    Joke's on you, security guy. A slap on the wrist ain't never stopped anyone.

    @shakespeer I'm sorry. Tough shift on a tough unit :sad:
     
  19. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Today was rough. I have a student who’s been gone the past 2 days and he’s never absent. I’d heard that some girls (who I have in a different period than him and are drama queens) accused him of having weed. I knew he had gone to the assistant principal’s (AP) office Tuesday so today I checked our management system to see if he’d been suspended. What I read was not what I expected. They checked his backpack and didn’t find weed but did find a large knife. Cops came and questioned him and said he needed to go to the hospital for eval. I knew what that meant but I wanted to check in with our AP. She said it came out during questioning that he wanted to harm himself. She and I both said he didn’t show any signs of that which is scary. He’s one of my favorites even though he’s failing my class. The AP said his mom came and was told she could go in the ambulance with him but she said she had something else to do. WTF. I told her they could’ve called my room and I would’ve gone in a heartbeat. I was pretty much in tears during my prep and had to pull myself together for 6th period. I don’t know when he’ll be back.
    I don’t know how much longer I can do this. It’s emotionally draining and not just kids who are hurting. It’s everything. I really do love teaching math in middle school but there are just so many other things added in that I don’t see myself able to do this until retirement. I’ve talked to other teachers (and the AP!) who feel the same way. I don’t know if I want to do this when we move.
     
  20. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    (Hugs) @virgo . Those are totally understandable feelings. So many new teachers leave the profession precisely because. If at the end of the day, it's a net negative on your mental health, then maybe it's time to see what else is out there.

    BUT - if your love for your vocation and the good parts of each day shifts that balance, it would be worth trying at least one year teaching after you move. The extra time might help you better develop the emotional buffer against the soul sucking stuff.

    I'm not saying to stop caring altogether or that the other crappy stuff suddenly becomes good. Just enough of a distance to preserve your mental health.
     
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  21. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Thanks Lh. I’m leaning towards subbing when we move. It would give Ryan and I flexibility if we want to go somewhere during the week and I’d still be able to do some teaching. If I can build relationships with teachers then they’ll trust me to teach instead of babysit. Idk, we’ll see. I’m thinking another avenue is educational programs at zoos. Then I could be around animals which makes me happy.
     
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  22. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    National / state / regional parks also have educational programs. Worth the look!

    OMJG I was so freaking pissed earlier. I got a new patient around 4pm. She took off her mask in the room, which I'm normally okay with because we test all our patients and require proof of a negative test from all guests. Did my assessments, got all up close and personal with her, etc. Other people came in and out (nursing assistant, charge nurse, dietary person). Cool.

    Then I went to her chart to input all my stuff. No covid result. Weird. Called lab. Nope, they have no record of a test, nor do they have a specimen to analyze. TURNS OUT L&D NEVER TESTED HER. I. Lost. It. I tested her and walked the specimen to lab myself. She tested negative thank all the gods.

    She labored in a regular room, was transported between floors, and is in a regular room. If she had ended up positive, they would have directly exposed about ten staff and indirectly exposed another handful staff members. We have strict protocols for a reason, not the least of which is being short staffed due to illnesses. Rage. Absolute rage.
     
  23. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Jesus, glad she was negative
     
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  24. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Good Lord Lh! I’m glad she was negative.
     
  25. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    The curse continues. I'm sitting through ANOTHER fire drill. FML