Friday, February 3, 2017

January 2017 (a!)

Another January Post...

PS I started writing this in January, but didn't actually post it until February :(
Sometimes it is the thought that counts :)

It's never too early to start preparing for the next school year!

I was please to see (on my IG account) that many of you have online access to immunizations. 
They aren't always the most up-to-date, but when they are it feels like you've own the lottery, right!?

I wish IL would include the most recent physical exams too :)

Here are a few things we are working on in our office ....
1. Reviewing MCV4 shots for next school year
2. Getting dental clinic permission forms completed
3. Updating the letters I mail home during the summer months

What projects are you working on in your office?  I would love to hear :)

Do you work in IL & want to apply for your own I-Care account?
Here is the link... Illinois I-Care 

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Moms Who Care : January 2017

January 2017

I've written posts about the Moms Who Care (MWC) program at my high school,
but it is such a great program I want to mention it again.

I'm hoping there are some Moms out there who are looking for a volunteer program 
to start up that can make a HUGE difference for the children in their community!

The only requirements are a couple of Moms Who Care &
 a school willing to let you volunteer with students at the school!

The Mission of Moms Who Care is ...

  • to help students achieve success by meeting essential needs such as: clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, and after school snacks.  They also help with proper interview clothes and required job attire.  In addition, they coordinate with a local hair stylist to provide free haircuts for students in need.

As a school nurse, I have seen many students who come to the office with a variety of different physical complaints (headaches, stomach aches, general ‘not feeling well’).  
It becomes concerning when I'm not able to come up with a reason for the complaints- 
especially if the complaints are happening on a regular and sometimes daily basis. 

Once I decide to start focusing on the whole student, then it is sometimes easier to find that the physical complaints are more closely related to the student not being prepared for class. Maybe they didn’t have the proper shoes for PE, didn’t have the right type of calculator for math, or didn’t have shampoo or soap for a shower, etc.  Sometimes not being prepared or not having basic hygiene supplies caused the student to feel “sick” and instead of talking to the teacher they would ask for a pass to the nurse’s office.

This is where I started to understand the positive impact our MWC program could make with many of our "frequent flier" students....
Our typical MWC shopper qualifies for the free/reduced meal program and is between the ages of 14-18; some live on their own and/or might even be homeless.  Other scenarios include families who are in a financial transition period (parents divorcing, parent unemployed, etc).  
Our MWC program is an extension of services the Health Center is able to offer students in terms of treating & supporting the student as a whole person.  The mission of Moms Who Care is to help students achieve success by meeting essential needs such as: clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, and after school snacks. 

By meeting these basic needs the students are able to

more prepared for their education and are able to focus learning.

Please contact me if you want more information or
send a message to the MWC Facebook page... link here!

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