Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

There  will be a lot of changes in the world
of school nursing in Illinois this new year- 2013!

Here are links to the recently published guidelines
regarding medical reviews and recommendations... 

I'm ready (I think!) .... are you?
Are the laws changing where you work...
What are you doing to prepare?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Hope all of you had a fabulous Christmas...
a few in my household (including  me) were/are sick :(
On the mend I hope!
Here are a few places where some of our favorite gifts came from:
One of our daughters LOVED the girl LEGO set and I'm certain we'll
be ordering more very soon!
NEW for 2012 LEGO Friends
Fisher Price
Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December already?!

I totally stole these words from a card a fellow school nurse received last  year!
Someone had given her the card and we both thought it was great!
You should be able to R click, save, and print- it is an 8x10!
Perfect to display in your office or to give to your favorite school nurse :)

Or purchase a card here!

Please consider joining as a followerer or subscribing to email updates-
I would appreciate it!  Thanks.

Make it a Truly Original Christmas with flowers and gifts starting at $29.99! Shop Now at (Offer Ends 12/23/2012) - 300x250

Friday, November 30, 2012

What time is it? - note card printables

It's 12:47 PM.... do you know what your students are doing?

That's right... 12:47 PM...
 not 12:45 PM or even 1:00 PM but exactly 12:47 PM!

Well once, I had a female student she had to take her
birth control pill at exactly 12:47 PM!

:) oh the joys of school nursing!
@ least she was taking the "exact time each day" warning to the minute;
I only hope she will remember warning about taking antibiotics with BCPs...

Anyway, I had a super busy week!

Super busy means the time went by very quickly- which is a plus,
but I also wasn't able to really appreciate all of
the interactions I had with students and staff :(

Do you ever have super busy weeks?
How do you deal with the craziness?

Enjoy the notecard printables :)

Crocs, Inc.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy cyber Monday!

cyber Monday already?
Where did my 5 days off go? 
I really enjoyed my time @ home :)  Always do!
The next few weeks
(until Christmas break) will fly by!
A few additional items I need to focus on include:
  1. Vision & Hearing Screenings
  2. Vision & Hearing referral letters
  3. An evaluation tool for school nurses- would LOVE to see one you use. If you have one please contact me! :)
  4. Adopt-a-Family gifts and delivery of gifts.  The Health Center staff, the school's social worker, the bus drivers, and several other teachers/staff members adopt a school family each Christmas.  This year we've decided on our family and they have accepted our offer to help! 

I know my time at work will go by so quickly the next few weeks! 
How do you keep your office organized during these busy days?
What special projects are you working on?
I would LOVE to hear from you :)


Friday, November 16, 2012

Remembering Jake Arnett

This was a hard week for me:(

I had to say goodbye to a former student.
You might still be able to view his obituary here.
I wrote this post & poem to help me remember him.
He spent time in my office on & off since
his JR year of high school. 
I always looked forward to hearing
what he had to talk about.
He was one of the nicest boys ever!
Always kind, considerate, and funny :)

Sadly, others students I've worked with over
the years have died @ young ages- too young actually.
(Magaly, Sam, Bryan, Kirbie to name too many)
You might remember an earlier post I wrote about Kirbie?

Cancer Sucks :(

You can view 2 other personal posts
about my dad's death here & here...


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A fe-what?

A fedora- or fancy hat I call it!
Evidently my 5th grade son thought he really needed one!
I honestly had no idea this type of hat was known as a fedora,
but then again I've never been big on wearing hats.
When my son saw this particular Stacy Adams fedora
this summer while we were on vacation he couldn't resist!
What a great accessory for our beach pictures!

You can buy your son his own Stacy Adams fedora too!
Stacy Adams

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Free 5x7 Printable!

I can't believe it is the second week in November already!
Here is a printable for your office-
right click, save, print :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Moms Who Care

Click above to read more from the Moms
on their very own Facebook page!
We've had the room open for two Thursdays now
and things are moving along quite nicely!
The kids who are taking advantage of the room
 have been very appreciative!
This week they had one student schedule a free haircut
with a local gal who is offering free cuts to
those students in need!  How wonderful :)
I still had time to do ...
  • random drug tests
  • flu shots for staff - do you offer these?
  • tutoring requests
  • vision & hearing screenings- always fun!
  • one emergency call
  • many, many, many daily visits and parent calls
  • this weekend I am planning on visiting a former student who is in the hospital dying of cancer:(I cry just thinking about it)...


Sunday, October 28, 2012

24 days... Moms Who Care!

Has it really been 24 days since I've written a post?
Yes, yes it has :(
I guess I've been we all have I'm sure.
I can't believe it is almost November already!
There are a few work projects that have been requiring my time & attention:
  • annual flu shot clinic for staff- getting the date set, advertising, taking appointments, and collecting $.
  • October 15th immunization deadline and state report
  • annual vision & hearing screening- starts in November & there is a lot of organizing before I can get started!
  • planned fire drill, unplanned/real school fire, real surprise visit from the police dogs, planned/practice code red drill, unplanned/real 'almost' code yellow drill
  • monthly drug tests for students (includes random athletic tests and students who see the drug/alcohol counselor and I assist in collecting random urine samples for testing)
  • annual BBP training, food allergy training, epi-pen training, hazardous materials training, chronic health conditions in the school setting training-done, done, done, done, and done.
  • and there is always the usual- daily visits, medications, emergencies, phone calls, emails, and always planning ahead!
  • Anyway.....
One of the more fun things...
is working with the Moms Who Care group!
The room is ready for business!
I will start calling down shoppers this Thursday!
Do you work with Moms Who Care?
I hope you do!
The public page has lots of colorful pictures too!!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Who Am I?

Well, I did it!
I posted a picture of me on the
Who Am I? page of this blog!
Seriously, for some reason it seems odd to me,
but I'm dealing with it :)


Monday, October 1, 2012

Lunch Ladies Free Printable

it's an average post- a poem, but no printable :(
I decided to go ahead and make the wonderful poem
into a  free printable.  A former student, CP, wrote this
poem his senior year and recited it to the entire group of lunch ladies.
I'm 99.9% certain he was rewarded with a cookie!
right click, save, print as 5x7... should work for you.
If not, please let me know and I'll email it to you.
I'm certain receiving this would make any Lunch Lady smile!
On a totally unrelated note... I am thinking about putting
a picture of myself on my About page!
Evidently blog readers enjoy seeing a picture of the blog writer?
Is that true or could you really care less?
Any opinions?


Friday, September 21, 2012

Free Discount Prescription Drug Card

I found this information via Twitter- it was originally posted by
 the National Association of School Nurses.

This free discount prescription drug card program is intended to help people:

“ lower their prescription drug costs. This is NOT insurance. 
This is a discount program that works at a large number of pharmacies and grocery stores.  
This card can be provided to anyone associated with the school(s) that you serve. 
You, your family, staff members, volunteers, any or all students and their families.”

I imagine it is similar to having a Kroger card scanned or using a coupon at Kohl's!

When you click on this link; you will see a screen similar to this:

Scroll down the page until you see a box like this:

Complete the required fields & click on the 'create prescription card button'.
You will then see your personalized card; similar to this with a print card option!
You can make personalized cards for everyone in your family too!

As you can see, many pharmacies
have agreed to be a part of this program; including...

Hope this information helps
you or someone you know!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Emergency Bag for School Nurses

I've worked in 4 schools (2 JR Highs and 2 High Schools- currently at a high school)
and health emergencies tend to be similar regardless of what school I am in!
A staff member uses a 'call button' or phone to call the office responsible
for all emergencies (usually the main office of the dean's office).
In a health emergency they frantically say "We need The Nurse"....
then The Nurse is called via a walkie talkie to report to Room # for an emergency.

However, 99.8% of the time I am never told what the emergency consists of!
This used to bother me because I felt as though I was walking into the unknown;
but anymore I'm OK with not knowing- I'm ready regardless of the situation.
Here are some examples of emergencies I've been called to help with over the years:
  • broken bones
  • fainting- especially after a blood drive
  • seizures
  • fights- some are sadly really bad- unconsciousness, broken bones, bleeding- paramedics called kind of bad!
  • strokes- a couple of teachers I've worked with have had strokes @ school. both fully recovered.
  • anxiety attacks
And I'm certain there are more that my memory takes for granted and I'm failing to mention now :)
So, I have learned to be mentally prepared to walk into anything and
I also need to have supplies with me to treat a variety of situations when I arrive.
To help me feel prepared I have arranged an "Emergency Bag"
always stocked and ready to 'grab n' go!' to any emergency. 
I also always bring my walkie talkie to keep in touch
with the LPN (yes, I'm spoiled!) who stays in the nurse's office
eagerly waiting my updates. 
She knows that no news is good news &
something I can handle without help from the outside (ie the local paramedics).
Also, the school security office (a former EMT and firefighter- spoiled again)
 meets me at the call and typically one of the deans arrives too.
This bag was left for me to use by the nurse I replaced when she left after 14 years service!
I'm not sure where she purchased it, but it works out great!
When kids or staff members see me in the halls with this on my shoulder they know I'm
headed to a situation and they make room for me in the hallways-
which as you know can be really crowded sometimes!
Here is the bag unzipped- it opens all the way open and so I can see everything I have inside.
And what is "everything you wonder"...Let's see-
  • BP cuff & stethoscope
  • Pulse Ox from the 1900s- but it works great!
  • Liquid Benadryl
  • Penlights
  • Instant Ice Packs
  • gauze pads
  • band aids
  • Glucometer
  • Glucose Tablets
  • Lancets
  • Alcohol Pads
  • chewable Baby Aspirin
  • CPR mask
  • Pen- to write with
  • Paper- to write on
I am also lucky enough to have standing orders for the items mentioned above
and a few more that aren't mentioned too!
As for teacher classrooms- they are offered
gloves and band aids to keep on hand (no pun intended!).
We don't have an actual classroom emergency kit at this point in time-
maybe we will make something in the future;
I'm not sure what our Safety Committee will decide.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Real quick, I just need....

I work with high school kiddos, AKA=Teenagers, all day long!
Sometimes, some of them believe when they
don't feel good they have permission to:
  1. act rude
  2. roll their eyes - yes I can see you do that :)
  3. exhale really loudly- as if they want the main office staff to hear them... Why I wonder? I don't know, maybe they think someone from the main office will come down and help them faster than I can?
  4. stand in the doorway and stare at me- I mean really just stare to the point it almost feels uncomfortable- while I am helping someone else.  Why?  Again, I don't know, maybe they think their starting eyes will make me work faster? 
Really, the list could go on and on.
What I want to remind all of the kids who need something in the Health Center
is that each one of them will get their own turn.
They might have to wait 5 minutes, but if they need 5 minutes when
it is their turn- they will get 5 full minutes of my attention!
Please be patient while you are waiting to be the patient!
And also...
Right Click, Save, & Print if you want- it is an 8x8 print
but would fit on an 8 1/2x11 paper cut to size.
I saw a similar phrase somewhere on Pinterest,
pinned by someone who follows me (thanks KS!)
& just had to make my own sign to hang in my office.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Sounds so fancy, doesn't it?
Well, I suppose..... if you don't know what it means!
However, if you do know what it means you are
probably scratching your head right now!
Pediculosis = Head Lice
The kids are back at school and
they brought some bugs with them too!
I always stress to teachers that
head lice cannot jump or fly...
they can only crawl.
So one must be rubbing heads,
sharing combs/brushes, jackets, head phones, hats,
scarves, blankets, masks (as in Halloween masks),
& more things similar to those listed above.
This information makes the teacher feel better-
but they still leave my office scratching their heads!
This picture shows only the eggs of head lice & no live lice-
I couldn't find a good picture of the live bugs on the hair/scalp.
Believe me though- once you've seen them you'll always
remember what they look like!
Want to learn more about head lice?
The link below offers some great education material-
great resource for staff, teachers, and parents!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Free Epi-Pen For Schools

Have you heard the great news?

Mylan, the manufacturer of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.,
is providing schools two FREE Epi-Pen 2-packs. 

Any public/private Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle,
or High School in the US can choose:

1. A 2-pack for each dosage (with training device)
2. Two 2-packs of one dosage (with training device)

A valid US physician prescription is also required.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Animal Hoarding? I'm no expert...

What you are about to read will probably make you feel sick :(
But, if you're a nurse don't worry-
you'll still be able to eat and read this at the same time-
It isn't that gross compared to some things!

So.... Years ago a school psychologist I worked with told me
about a bizarre phone call she received from a parent.
The parent wanted the school psychologist to inform her child
the family cat had died :(  Sad, I know.

Ok you're thinking ' that isn't so bad ', right?
Well then the parent went on to say...

"At least I know what to do with our
other dead cat I've had in the freezer.
Guess I can bury them together now"

Take a moment... let it sink in....

I am not sure who the parent was or what the house might have looked like,
keep in mind that phone call happened around 1998- well
before the "jammed packed" (pun intended!) reality show Hoarders was on air.
Flash forward 12+ years & now when I remember that story
I envision a house full of cats- some alive, some dead, some in the freezer...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

School Nurse Note Cards

Want something cute to start off the new school year?

Here are some 3.5 x 5.5 note cards for you to print and use in your office.

Inspired by an email I received from a new followerer,
 I decided to make these cute note cards.
You can use them to send messages to teachers or home to parents.

I'm hoping you can Right click, save, then print!


If R clicking doesn't work let me know and
I can email  the 8 1/2 x 11 page to you.

These last 2 are on 5x7 pages...
I really have no idea if this will work.
If not, email me and I can send you the
the JPEG images :)
I start back at work this week!- Ouch!
Where did the summer go?

Wishing all of you a great school year!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Moms Who Care FOUND

Who are the Moms Who Care?

Sadly, I don't remember the specifics of how
I found this group- or really how they found me.
And by finding me- I really mean how they've found
the time, money, kindness, and compassion for the last several years
to help the kids who attend the school where I am employed.
The  kids they help they have never met &
will never know!  They truly help out of kindness and a strong
desire to help and serve others; wanting nothing in return!

Yes, for the last few years those moms who care have
been donated  A LOT of personal hygiene items, food, and clothes.
I have a small wooden cabinet area in my office where I keep the items
and dispense as needed.  This has worked, but we've always
dreamed of having an actual room within the school
to keep more product and even offer more free services for the students.

Well.... these moms and I attended our most recent school board meeting
and having a room of our own is within reach!  We could have something
as soon as school starts- which is in just a few weeks.
In addition to this great news the moms were invited to attend a local
service group meeting to discuss their goals and possibly receive
donation items or money- at least spread the news.
We also received 2 other local contacts to reach out to
who might be willing to help us grow and expand!

Working with the Moms Who Care
has been a great collaboration between
the school & parents!  I'm excited for the
group to grow & to see what the
upcoming school year brings!

Gulf Shores AL
This picture is was taken while I was
on vacation & just a few days prior to the
school board meeting I mentioned above.
Even though I was on vacation and had a wonderful time
I still thought about my "real life" at home and what was in store for me
the Monday after we returned (the board meeting).
I'm so thankful things went as planned-
the Moms Who Care are thrilled & so am I!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Really this brithday wish comes a little late!
I was attempting to "do something" really cool with my iPhone pictures,
but then remembered I should have been working with
my Instagram pictures.... Oh well,
Who doesn't love a (calm) yellow lab?
Once I figure out (if ever) my Instagram photo collage
I'll share something more :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father's Day Printable

Have you seen those cool gifts
where your kids/grand kids can apply
their fingerprints as tree leaves?
Well, I love them!

I've seen plenty of samples all over Pinterest too
and decided to make my own.

This is a 5x7 print and I will let each
of my kids apply their own prints-
one color per child!
I also left some "white space"
next to the heart for them to write
their own name or little personal message!

Feel free to right click, save, & print your own
for Father's Day- which is this Sunday!

Have Fun :)

Look at the after!
I made two- one for Dad and one for Grandpa!
I had the kids put prints next to the heart so we
can write their name next to the color they used!
I will either frame these or put them in those neat
magnetic frames from the $ store!
Father's Day Printable After! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I made homemade powder laundry detergent!

I've been wanting to do this for quite some time,
but was using up my store bought detergent first!

I also wanted to make sure I would like the homemade version
so I asked a friend who uses this same recipe if I could have a small bag
of hers to try it out.  Thankfully she gave me some & I really liked it!
The original recipe can be here on the Being Creative (to keep my sanity) Blog!

Please keep in mind that I am not a professional laundry-ologist,
but I do enjoy being thrifty when I can.  This recipes works for me
and my family right now and so I am sharing
it on this little blog with all 10 of my readers :) 

Read about it, ignore it, make it, try it, share it.... The choice is yours.
Please don't get angry at me if you try it and hate it,
break out in a boiling, red skin rash everywhere,
or your HE washing machine gets all "gunked-up"-
I doubt those things will happen, but...

 Supplies Needed: (I found all of these in the laundry isle at my local store)

  1. One 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz)  
  2. One 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg)
  3. One 55oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda   
  4. Three bars of Fels-Naptha soap  
  5. Two small containers of Oxy Clean (3.5 lbs/1.58 kg total)- She states this is optional- I only used one small container and saved the scoop to use with this new detergent!
  6. A hand held grater.
  7. One storage container- this recipe makes about 2 Gallons of detergent and I bought a large enough storage container which I also used to mix the ingredients in. 
Directions: (This took me about 20 minutes from start to finish!)
  1. Grate the bars of  Fels-Naptha soap- it really will look a like shredded cheese!  I used a hand held grater but I read you can use a food processor.  I tried to grate the soap very fine since we have an HE washing  machine.  I also read that the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in cold water.  I rarely use cold water only, but good to know just in case!
  2. Then add the other ingredients one at a time and mix, mix, mix!
  3. I mixed in the same storage container I am planning on using, but if you're not then go ahead and add it now.
  4. Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load and remember to...
  5. Smile, enjoy the perfect scent, and feel proud of yourself for being thrifty!
I spent $13 on a cute storage container which I will use over & over again.
I spent $3 on a new grater to use just for this project which I will use again.
I spent about $16 on all of the actual detergent ingredients!

This is the cute container I bought -
it came with a matching lid!
I found it in the picnic/pool area as it
is really supposed to be a drink dispencer-
I just turned it around!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

End of the Year Teacher Gifts!

I made 3 end-of-the-year teacher gifts for under $10 total!
My kids were excited to give these gifts & the teachers were thrilled to receive them.
Each student also enjoyed searching for their name in the mix!
The possibilities of what you can create are endless!

Supplies Needed:
  1. printer paper (I already had some card stock which looked the best, but regular old plain paper worked too!)
  2. 8x10 frames (I bought $3 black wooden frames from DG but you could search for something even cheaper or use something you have at home hidden in a closet!)
  3. access to this website- my new favorite site for quick & personalized gifts!
  4. a home color printer since I don't think you can save the creations to print at a later time :)
3 teacher gift under $10 total!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Summertime!- again :) & a Printable Poem

I can't believe it is summertime already!
Where did the time go?

Today (Monday) is my last day for the 2011-2012 school year!
The underclass students finish up finals and then
I'll celebrate by eating lunch at my favorite
Mexican restaurant with one of my
favorite teachers!  I can taste the chips n salsa already!

Saturday night I attended our graduation ceremony
where one sweet girl (an observer)
whose  name I can't remember
passed out because of the heat :(
I hope she is feeling much better now!

I'm always prepared for at least one person each year
to pass out- isn't that horrible!
Next year we really need to advertise the
air conditioned, padded seats,
plenty of elbow room auditorium option!
They gymnasium- with little ventilation and
all those hot bodies- is quite an experience ...

Anyway, I've pretty much wrapped up the 2011-2012 school year
& am already working on my 2012-2013 To-Do lists.
I can't believe it! 
When is your last day?
What did you accomplish this year
& what are your goals for next school year?

printable BandAids poem
by Shel Silverstein

Something fun to print!
You should be able to right click, save, then print as 5x7.
If not, let me know and I will email you an attachment!
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