Monday, June 10, 2019



Have you said any of these statements before?

I really need to be more organized.
I can't remember how I did that.
I wish I could remember when that happened.
When did we complete vision and hearing screening last year and who did I notify?

As school nurses we are super busy- it's hard to remember everything, all of the time, right?  

In my office I love utilizing Google calendar and over this last school year I have been adding detailed (very detailed) descriptions for many of my yearly "to-do list" items. 
I even include website links, contact names & numbers, 
and tips/tricks on what to try for the next year.  
I'm hoping this new digital organization technique keeps me better prepared, 
saves time and of course keeps me more organized!

However, there are those times when I or one of the other nurses in my office says, 
"We really need to write this down!"  
In those times I am hoping this calendar with lots of "blank" space will come in handy!  
We have a wall calendar above the main office phone; 
the perfect location for any of us to jot down a "great idea"!

This wall calendar is also perfect for the new school nurse.  
This will provide space to take notes and then when there is more time (ha ha)
 to put those notes into digital form for future reference!  

PS The calendar can be customized for your school year months, I prefer August - July :) 


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

School Nurses - Does Their Compensation Match Their True Worth?

All Nurses article

If you haven't read this article yet, you should!  

It had been on my to-do list since August 2018!
I finally found time last weekend to read it and I'm so glad I did. 
It is a great article and made me feel proud to be a school nurse!
Some days are more challenging than others, 
but I wouldn't have it any other way right now :)

School Nurses - Does Their Compensation Match Their True Worth?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Top Blog 2018

Can you believe it?

Thanks to you, this blog was named one of the top nursing blogs for 2018!

I'm surprised because I feel like I haven't had the time I once had to devote to writing.

I would love for that to change- maybe more writing in 2019!

Check out the entire list of top nursing blogs here!

Please remember to follow me on IG @the_school_nurse where I post weekly!, 
FB  and even Twitter @theschoolnurse

Thank you so much!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Getting Organized.....

Let's get organized....

I enjoy a healthy level of organization.  
Over the years, I've learned it is easier for me to be organized at work 
than it is in my persona life- imagine that :)  

Here are a few tools I use at work to help me stay organized...
I would love to hear what you use to stay organized and one step ahead of the game!

1. A file, paper, chart alphabetized organizer!  

All of our papers are organized by last name in this handy device until there is time to file them.  
If  you had two of these you could use one for every day filing and the other to help organize forms for the most recent project you are working on- these days probably physical exam and shot records...

2. Clear, plastic bankers boxes!  

These are great for a variety of projects.  
We use cardboard boxes (but I would recommend plastic) 
a lot at the beginning of the year to sort the charts of incoming students into different piles.  
We label our boxes too... usually titles like "up-to-date. OK to file",
 "NEED physical and/or shot records", "Review before filing"... You get it :)  
There are just over 1,000 students at my school and we use at least 5 of these per school year.

3.  Index Cards! 

It may sound old-school, but we still chart on these white index cards!  
We use one per student until they graduate.. 
Some students cards fill up quickly and others will never have anything but their ID sticker on them!  We use at least 600 cards per year :)

4.  Labels... 

We put a student label on the upper left corner that includes: student last name, first name
Graduation Year
ID #
We print two sets of labels each year for the incoming freshman class- 
one for their "card" and one for their "chart".

5. Charts- 

Every student has their own chart as I mentioned above.  
Only the incoming freshman will have nicely printed labels; 
the others we hand write the information :)  
Depending on the year we usually need 300-500 of these!

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