Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I love office supplies!

Want to get some new office supplies 

for your school nurse office?

I've always really liked office supplies...
paper, pencils, pens, post-its, tape,
highlighters, staplers, notepads, notebooks....
Seriously- anything office related I think I need to have!
Well, I was thinking of getting some cute school nurse office related items, 
but there aren't many out there.  So I decided to make a few of my own!
What do you think?  What's your favorite school nurse office supply?School Nurse stickers for office Labels




School Nurse Magnet
School Nurse Magnet by BarclayDesigns

Monogram Gifts & More
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

tornado...

Have you heard about the horrible tornado that twisted it's way through central Illinois-
destroying many areas in Washington, IL and parts of East Peoria and Pekin... 
I believe this tornado made national news even :(
It hit just a couple of miles from my house!

Sunday morning was exceptionally warm- I remember thinking that as I let our dog outside.
It seemed so nice that I even opened a few windows to let the house get some fresh air...
The rain started, then small hail, and soon enough the sirens went off (to alert us to take cover).
Well, where I live the sirens go off and I usually ignore them (isn't that horrible to admit!).
Today was no different.  I continue to sit at my dining room table eating some delicious taco soup and 
watching the clouds and rain outside.  The power went out (and stayed out for hours).  We continued to ignore the sirens.  The storm lifted and my cell phone started to ding... and ding.. and ding...
I think in the future I will start to take cover when the sirens go off!

If you've been watching the news then you know what happened. 
I've seen the news coverage too, I've seen pictures on Instagram and Facebook. 
 I keep looking at these still miniature photographs but I don't think my mind truly understands the vast destruction that took place just down the road from my house.  Until I see the devastation and destruction for myself it is hard for me to understand what my friends, co-workers, and strangers from the neighboring town are dealing with now.  I know it is heartbreaking for so many.  I cried as I watched a mother and her children hand over a lost family dog they found to animal control while the four little girls chanted "we want to keep him" at a local gas station, and they were all safe and sound. I know I will cry again when I drive through Washington for the first time since the tornado... 

Just hours after the storm the skyline was amazingly beautiful. And my friend sums this horrible experience up best by saying.... we truly serve a God who is bigger than any earthly circumstance...

Keep this area in your prayers!
Here are several links you might want to look at...

Man Reunited with Dog (photos)
Washington IL Tornado Recovery
Washington IL Tornado Recovery 

Thanksgiving Dinner for Washington/Pekin
Thanksgiving Dinner

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Where have I been?

I need more time!

Are you serious?  It's been over a month since I've posted anything!?!
I had great intentions and wonderful post ideas.... but time- i don't have enough time :)

I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir when I complain about not having enough time.
You should see the piles of papers on my desk- no kidding.

Typically, with each school year I feel like it starts off quickly,
then there are a couple of slower weeks, and then things sort of pick up again.
Well, this year.... I feel like the year started off quickly and hasn't slowed down :(

busy...busy...busy 


Like I said though, I did have some wonderful post ideas!
What are your thoughts- would you like to hear about:

+ a product that I use and love (or hate)?
+ some free printable office artwork?
+ another I AM poem?
+ photography- totally unrelated to school nursing?
+ my ideas for 'breakfast in a bag'?
Suggestions?

In the meantime I will leave you with this...



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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dreaming...

 

What does your dream health center / nurse's office look like?

Lately, I've been dreaming of a spacious, organized, lovely new health center!
Reality is... I'll have to make do with the space I have.  Since I've worked in the school setting for 17+ (seriously) years I realize that the space I have is GREAT!  However, I can always dream, right?!
 
Here are a couple of random office pictures:
 
The above four pictures are from "my office".
I try to keep it somewhat organized- it is actually a rather large office and a space we use for extra storage, health charts, and vision & hearing screenings. 
 
This school year I was gifted a "new desk"-
it is really two tables pushed together in an L shape
and I'm sure the pieces are 20+ years old, but they weren't being used and are in great condition!
They beat the folding table and yucky old desk I had used for the last 6 years. 
Anyway.... one of the new desks has a topper on it for my computer monitor and the guys
found me short filing cabinets to fit under each side for
drawer space! I love it- I should have taken a picture :) 
I joke the new desk is so nice I finish twice as much work in half the amount of time!

 
Those are pictures of the "waiting room".  There is a clip board for students to sign in and out,
free fruit ( we get a basketful everyday from the wonderful cafeteria ladies),
and two old (!) cots for students to sit and wait for us. 
 
See the picture of the lockers? 
Below the picture we have the schedule printed for the kids...
then below that you see the little square colored pieces of paper? 
Those each correspond with a class period. 
If we have passes that need to be delivered for students we hang our passes there. 
Each class period we have 2-3 student messenger who sit a little round table below that sign-
they deliver passes for us, fill our water pitcher, make ice packs, and make us smile & laugh- remembering what it was like to be a teenager!

Here is where all of fun happens...


 
The above is actually a pencil drawing (from a former student) of a portion of the clinic are. 
This is where the students and staff are cared for!
It is a hodge-podge of old cabinets and desks
mixed with our new cots and desk chairs!
 
I've seen my share of health centers or nurse's offices
and so I realize how very lucky we are to have the space we have!
If I were allowed to dream though- I would redesign this space (a little bit!).
Moving walls probably aren't in my near future-
but if it were I have some grand plans in my mind!
 
My "short list" of dreams include:
  1. new office cabinets that match and are functional!
  2. a counter space area for supplies and an area for the students to check their blood sugar.
  3. new flooring.
  4. a new refrigerator- ours is very old!
  5. a new microwave- ours was purchased in 1992!
  6. one of these FABULOUS ice makers
I first saw this ice  maker on the kevinandamanda.com blog! 
Although I would like to have one in  my home;
I would LOVE to have one in my office.
Can you imagine making ice packs on an as needed basis
with these awesome little tiny nugget ice pieces?!  I dream of that day (is that weird?)! 
So, if anyone reading has any connections with Scotsman- please have them contact me!
 

What does your nurse's office look like?

Do you love it?

Are there things you want to change in your office?

If you know me, then you know I might be thinking about making some changes in the office!
If that happens I will take some pictures and share them with you :)
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Get Your Free Epi-Pen Now!

Once again this school year,

Mylan Pharmaceuticals is offering FREE epi-pens to schools!

Well, the same offer stands this year too!
 
I'm very excited because this is a huge savings for the Health Center-
which means there will be more money in my budget for supplies!
 
Keep in mind, a physician order is required, but should be easy to obtain!
 
 

Visit the website today for your free epi-pens!

 
 
 
 
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer is Over... Keep Calm

Saying goodbye to summer...

I can't believe my summer is over!
The time really did seem to fly by :(
I'm sort of ready to be back into a routine and have a schedule to follow...
However, as soon as I get started
I will miss not having a routine and having small schedule to follow!
I did find a very affordable option!  I will share that find soon!

Hope you're enjoying your last few days of summer.

When do you go back to school?

What are your plans for this school year?

Here's a cute printable to get you through the first few weeks.
As always, if you want the JPG let me know!

Or buy it here!




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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I need... Basic First Aid Kits....

Classroom First Aid Kits...

 
What I need... is to find some basic first aid kits to keep in classrooms. 
I've been looking online, but I need to make some phone calls tomorrow! 
I need all of the supplies ready by mid August!  Yikes... right around the corner.
I can't believe it is July 10th (as I type this) already.

I had so many wonderful ideas and things I want to make/take/design/build/visit this summer.
I've accomplished a tiny fraction of my dream summer to-do list.
It's OK though... I've actually learned to relax a little bit which is also very enjoyable!

If you have any great suggestions for classroom first aid kits please let me know!

 
I will leave you with a couple of nice (calming) pictures...
 
 

 
 
 
Lake of the Ozarks MO!
love it there...
 

 
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Friday, July 5, 2013

GSA and The School Nurse



Really, how exciting does it sound to think about something as complicated as
General State Aid right smack dab in the middle of summer?
I know, I know....

I would much rather be doing a lot of nothing while staring at views like this:

However, I did a lot of research at the end of the school year regarding GSA and
I really want to share it with you now so you have time to do your own
research before the school year starts!  So, off we go!

General State Aid and The School Nurse

You might be asking yourself "What is general state aid?" 
I asked the same thing and found the answer was as complicated as the question!
Basically, GSA is a % of funds (money) the school district receives from the state
based on a very detailed, complicated, secretive formula that only several people in the state truly understand!  After reading a lot and talking to several school administrators
this is my easy-to-understand summary...

I'm pretty sure the formula involves the actual amount of minutes per day students attend school-
and by "school" I mean actual academic classes; passing periods and lunch periods do not count!
The state looks at each school district and takes an average of their best 3 months and
then comes up with the amount of money the school district will receive.
I tried to make it easy; this is just a basic summary :)

What does this really mean for The School Nurse?

I began to think... how can I help my school district's attendance rate and GSA increase?
If you're office is like mine, there are a handful of student each day who come to school
only to enter your office and say "My parents told me to try and  make it, but I want to go home".
Hmmm.... your assessment doesn't show anything alarming and the student has vague complaints.
You call home and are told by the parent ...
"I really want her/him to stay at school today. I told her/him to try and make it. What do you think?"

I thought about this school year trying to give that general"try and make it" a specific time.
As long as the parent is in agreement then why not see if the student can "make it" for an actual/qualified half day of school attendance?  In my school district a 1/2 day = 150 minutes of true academic classroom time.  An actual full day = 300 minutes of true academic classroom time.
I have the actual times written down on my desk now for easy reference and will share with the other office nurses for the upcoming school year.

What are your thoughts on GSA and The School Nurse?

Are you willing to do some research to see what times qualify in your district?
Do you think you might give "try and make it" scenarios a specific time this coming school year?

I would love to hear your thoughts!
And if you just can't think about work quite yet then here is another calming picture
for you to look at, Enjoy!


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Saturday, June 15, 2013

free printable... just because!

free printable... favorite bible verse

 
Here is a free printable I created for my friend Tracy!
I hope she likes it?
 
I used a Felicity card template from designsbyjenn I recently purchased!
I made a few changes, and am please with how it turned out.
 
It is a 5x7 print... feel free to save and print your own!
Now I'm inspired to make one for my own home!
I will share when it is ready :)

click here to purchase a custom size!


Enjoy ...
 


 
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

summer shoes & a new app!


Aren't these the cutest hot pink for shoes for summer for a cute little girl?
She sure thinks so :)

I'm actually planning on working a few hours today at school!
It always seems odd to work during the summer when
there aren't any students in attendance!
I find the silence peaceful and pleasant, yet a little bizarre
(aren't the halls supposed to be filled with the noises of active children?!)

Professionally my plan for today is to:
1. start going through health records from the feeder schools.
2. mail home any necessary letters regarding health follow up.
3. return any phone calls.
4. print any immunization record requests
and last, but not least...
5. make another list of things I want to do the next time I work!

Personally I need to come up with something inexpensive for Father's Day!
I'm thinking about using my new favorite phone app...


This is the best! 
You can actually print pictures directly from your phone to a local Walgreen's store!
I haven't actually tried it yet, but I want to and why not for Father's Day.
The option that looks the most exciting is you can pick from "odd" size pictures...
4x4, 8x8 and then your typical 4x6, 5x7, and even 8x10!

You can always enhance your favorite phone photo with another app,
then save to your camera roll, and then print the edited picture through Printicular!

Printicular...I'm willing to give it a try!

(and I'm not receiving any compensation for typing this post :)

Have you used it yet?

What did you think?

I would love to hear about what you printed!

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Zoo...

We went to the zoo (for free)! 





I like to do a few fun things with my kids during the summer months!
Today, my mom and I visited our local zoo with the girls!
Turns out the weather was perfect!  I was worried because it was raining early this morning!
However, by mid morning the sun was shining.
We enjoyed walking through the zoo and even enjoyed a picnic lunch!
Oh, and by the way.... I learned that a fitted twin sheet fits perfect on top of a picnic table!
Doesn't that seem like a tip you would find on Pinterest?
 
To make it even better... it was free day at our local zoo!
Evidently 2 days a month are free days (donations only).
These days aren't published, but I found out if you call on
the first of the month the staff will tell you when the days are scheduled!
 
Does your local zoo offer the same deal?
You should call and find out :)
 
Remember me telling you photography is one of my hobbies?
Well, it is :)
Here are some of my favorite pictures of the day!
ENJOY :)



 
 

 

 
 
 
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer 2013...



 

I really can't believe it is summertime already!

There are a lot of personal and professional things I would LOVE to accomplish this summer!
 

What about you?

What exciting things do you want to do this summer?

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Did you pray for my puppy?


Otis Update!


Remember a few months back I was requesting prayers for my puppy, Otis?
Or maybe you remembering reading the updates about Otis here and here?

Well I am so happy to say he is HEALTHY now!
He made it through the horrible virus the doctors believe to have been distemper :(
He also made it through his surgery to get neutered!

He is a normal, healthy, happy puppy now!
He is 4 1/2 months old and weights just over 40 pounds!
The vet thinks he will double in size as he grows into an adult dog!

He is so funny loving... he runs, jumps, and plays again.
We are so thankful ~
If you prayed for our puppy... Thank You :)

In case you are wondering.... Otis is a silver lab!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Moms Who Care money!

Remember the Moms Who Care?
Well, a wonderful Mom donated $50!
The Moms Who Care used this money to
purchase much needed tennis shoes for two students!

Since school ends this week the Moms are taking a break @ school.

However, they will be hard at work making some improvements in the room!
Donations are still being accepted too & bargain shopping will continue as well!
We have big plans for next school year!

Do you work with Moms Who Care?  I hope so!
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What should I do with all of these glasses?


the LIONS CLUB

Where I work... the Health Center ends up with all of the 'lost' glasses!
Even though we've announced that we have all of these - they remain unclaimed :(
We wanted to figure out a way to recycle these!
I did some research and found out the Lions Club accepts eyeglasses!
You can read more about their Eyeglass Recycling program here.

If your office ends up with a bunch of unclaimed eyeglasses then
please consider mailing them to:

Lions Club International Headquarters
Attention: Receiving Department
300 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA

I am happy to help the Lions Club because they
have helped many of my students over the years.
Each year I have 2-3 families who apply for financial assistance
for an eye exam and glasses (if needed). 
My local Lions Club has helped all of the families I've referred!

Not only does the Lions Clubs offer help for vision needs;
they also offer assistance for: 
hearing aids, health-related services, scholarships or educational needs!
You can find your local Lions Club here!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy (early) Mother's Day!

this is sort of a long post... if you're only looking for the pretty pictures scroll down to the end!

 
I am a mom to three wonderful kids!
My mom is also a mom to three (most of the time) wonderful kids!
I have 2 girls and 1 boy... My mom also has 2 girls and 1 boy :)
How sweet :) 
 Love you Mom- I can type that here because I'm pretty sure she reads this blog :)
 
On to the post...
Remember the Moms Who Care?
How could you forget them, right?!
Well, someone did the nicest thing for the Moms today!
 
It started yesterday afternoon when I received an anonymous phone call.
The young gal on the other end told me how touched she was by our Moms Who Care program.
She thinks it is so wonderful that a local school (not even her own school!)
has so many volunteer Moms Who Care for children who aren't their own!
 
She wanted to do something nice for these Moms and figured Mother's Day was the perfect time!
So, using her own money she purchased the Moms beautiful flowers,
a balloon, and a included a handwritten note (handwritten notes are great by the way!).
She then delivered the items to the school bright and early Thursday morning
and by using me as a messenger she is able to remain anonymous!  I love it :)
 
 
Many of us I'm bet are thinking something along the lines of
 'how nice for the kids to have such kind and caring Moms to help them'....
And that is true; more than we will ever know!
 
But the great and wonderful thing is...
 the Moms Who Care are actually thinking something along the lines of
'how nice for us that we have this great opportunity to work with and help such beautiful, talented,
kind, smart, funny, educated, hopeful, smiling, happy, energetic, creative kids!'
 
the Moms Who Care group is a great thing for all of us involved!
I'm thankful for them too :)
 

Happy Mother's Day

to all of the Moms Who Care for their own children and

the children they come in contact with throughout their days!

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 



 

 
 
PS... I found the awesome, free photo templates on the above blog! 
 
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Do you work with Moms Who Care?

Moms Who Care

I know I've mentioned the Moms Who Care before-
you can click on the link above or in the sidebar for more information.
You can read more posts about the volunteer group here, here, here ....
I thought there was one more too, but I can't seem to find it : )

Working with this volunteer group is one of the highlights of my weeks!
I  am very thankful that the administration and school board
allow this volunteer group to help our students!
It is hard to find words to express what these Moms mean to me-
I can only imagine how difficult it is for the students to find the right words!

One of our very talented students made a video (for the visual learners!)
about our local Moms Who Care group...

ENJOY!



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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

National School Nurse Day- free printable

another free printable...

Print for your favorite school nurse for National School Nurse Day!

I can't believe another school year is quickly coming to an end!
 
Are you a parent or staff member wondering what to give your
favorite school nurse for upcoming National School Nurse Day?
Why not print this cute 5x7 card and write her an inspirational note on the backside?!
 
Everyone loves to feel appreciated and
a handwritten note is often one of the best gifts :)
 
 
 
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Nurses Week...

Happy (almost) Nurses Week

May 6, 2013 - May 12, 2013

and

National School Nurse Day May 8,2013

 
It is hard for me to believe that Nurses Week is just around the corner.
Maybe because I associate this week with warm weather, blooming flowers,
and the wrapping up of a school year.
Instead, this month has been cold, wet, and wintery :(
Did I say wet... I mean really wet- A LOT of rain.
Record breaking rainfall, floods, closed roads, and flooded homes...
It is horrible for a lot of my students too... UGH.
 

In spite of all the rain,

the days keep moving forward and it is...

Time to start thinking about a nurses week gift for your favorite nurse!
 
If you're looking for something personalized you might consider trying
HALO Branded Solutions!  They contacted me to write a post for them.
I agreed (for a free gift) and began snooping around their website.
 
I'm a sucker for bags, totes, more bags, and more totes!
Needless to say, I was fascinated with their
large selection of personalized bags and totes!
 
If you're a nurse (or know a nurse) I think you would LOVE
With dimensions like 24" W x 14" H x 7" D
AND a zipper closure it is a must have!
Your favorite nurse would have room for everything she (or he)
would need to carry back and forth from work to home!
 
I really want one (can you hook me up Courtney?)!
 
This would be perfect for a school district, company,
hospital, or doctor's office (or blog logo!) etc
to purchase for their nurses with the school/company logo
and their choice of colored handles!
 
Seriously, this would make a great gift item!
 
 
 
This post was written by Diary Of A School Nurse and
sponsored by HALO Branded Solutions...
I wrote it in exchange for a free item, but not necessarily a
personalized bag or tote...


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Monday, April 15, 2013

i am a foster child...

Do you know a foster child?

I know a few ...

There is one in particular who has been on
my mind and in my heart these days.
 
I'm sure her story is similar to many others,
and it breaks my heart to think about her!
 
Tonight I told my own little girls
how happy I was they were able to live in our house with me.
They had no idea what I was really talking about, but went ahead and agreed with me!
 
What I was really talking about is how sometimes I take all that I have for granted...
then I am reminded during my work day that a lot of kids only wish
for a portion of the things I take for granted :(
How selfish of me!
 
And so.... here is another I AM POEM ...
 

 

 

Do you know a foster child?

Can you relate to this post?

I would love to hear from you!


 

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Is spring break really over? & A to-do list!

I can't  believe spring break is over!

 
I always enjoy my time at home!
The weather could have been better,
but at least we were able to enjoy a couple of days outside!
 
 
Speaking of being outside, check out these cute pictures...
 

 

How cute is she?

I wish I had more time to spend taking pictures-
maybe this summer :)

Back to Business...

I don't have much planned for this week.

 
I just never know what to expect when returning from a break-
it might be 'slow' in the office (slow, like 50 kids a day)
or it might be 'crazy, busy' (crazy, busy like 85+ kids a day)!
 
You other school nurses know what I'm talking about :)
 




 
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