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 their 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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Friday, December 2, 2016

November 2016

Here's the post I promised you a couple of days ago on my IG account :)Search for me on IG  the_school_nurse

Of course I feel like November flew by...  
You would only be surprised if I said otherwise, right?

I'm feeling a little behind in my schedule 
because I'm into my 4th week of the CNA train-the-trainer course.
I guess I forgot how much time it takes to take a class :)

As for my school nurse thoughts for November...
You can tell by my picture I was thinking a lot about assessment.

As nurses we can't diagnosis, 
but we can offer students and parents our assessment skills.  
  • Use the tools available to you in your office.
  • Give parents all of your assessment data for them to share with their doctor or NP.
  • Document, document, document.- your results, your interactions, your phone calls 
What else can you think of that I forgot to include?  Please share :)

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