Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Moms Who (still) Care!


Tomorrow will be Moms Who Care day at the high school!
This day of the week is highly anticipated by quite a few students.
Last week was the first day of this school year the 
room was open and there were at least 55 student visitors!

Today I was asked to give an impromptu interview for our local city newspaper.  
Along with pictures... UGH- I much prefer being the one who takes the picture :)  
I certainly hope I gave the information the readers will be looking for.  
I truly believe in our Moms Who Care program and could promote the program for hours, 
but I knew my time was limited today!  Now that I've had a few hours
to replay every second I was with the interviewer I am having a lot of those
 "Oh, I should have said this or that" kind of moments... You know what I'm talking about!

I supposed the article will be out in a couple of weeks-
about the same time I will have another awesome surprise for you! Stay tuned....

I will leave you with my recent Moms Who Care video... 
I currently LOVE making these Animoto videos... and I'm not getting paid to say that :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

another school year...

I can't believe another school year has started!  

The summer months really do seem to fly by!

I am blessed to have a job that I enjoy going to each day.
The students and staff that I work with  make my days brighter; they make me smile!
I hope you are looking forward to another great year too?
I would love to hear about some goals you've set for yourself.

Good luck getting through another year of helping students with illnesses, injuries, 
and emergencies, meeting deadlines, writing plans, attending meetings, 
following up on emails & phone calls, completing vision & hearing screenings, 
performing drug tests, referring to counseling programs, 
coordinating dental clinics, providing flu shots, 
promoting health and safety, teaching CPR, ordering supplies, 
being nice, caring for others, listening to others, 
and all of the other things we (school nurses) do throughout the year!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

School Violence

What is School Violence?

School Violence is actually considered a public health problem.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2010 
828,000 nonfatal school violence incidents 
among students aged 12 -18 years of age!

In 2011 5.9% of high school students sampled reported missing one or more days of school due to fear either while at school or on their way to/from school.
While 20% reported being bullied on school property during the last 12 months!

How can I help?

School Violence Resource Links

Friday, May 9, 2014



As a school nurse, you might be one of the first school employees to suspect or learn about an act of bullying.

Bullying which results in physical injuries can be some of the most obvious attacks.  
However, many forms of bullying cause emotional  and other health related complaints.
The health related symptoms (psychosomatic symptoms) can go unrecognized 
for a long period of time until they are related to a bullying situation.

Some of the health related complaints caused from bullying include, but are not limited to:

As a school nurse YOU CAN HELP!

1. Gather Information... Collaborate with other school employees (administration) to determine if the situation qualifies as a form of bullying.
2. Be Supportive... Support the student being bullied and support all bystanders while the school administrators properly address the student bully according to school policy.
3.  Educate... Education students and staff on bullying, prevention, and responding!

These steps are outlined in greater detail on the Stop Bullying website!

Here is a small list of online (anti)bullying resources:

Information used from the above sites was used to create this blog post :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Looks like our sharps container is FULL!

A money saving technique I started nearly 7 years ago was to ask my local
fire department to dispose of my full sharps containers for me/the school district.
They kindly agreed since we usually only fill one container per school year.

Working with the local fire department is a great community collaboration!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The School Nurse Store(s)

The School Nurse Store(s)...

In my free time I like to do a lot of creative things.
That includes designing some fun school nurse related items too.
I usually post a lot of free printables on this blog,
but I also have items for sale.
If you have seen them before be sure to check them out!
I've posted links below :)
Something I am going to be working on over the next few months
are health related jpeg files which can be inserted
into a body of an email.
Each semester I sent out emails to teachers and other "need-to-know" staff members
and it takes a lot of time to copy and paste, change a few words etc.
I started thinking about how easy it would be to have picture jpeg files I could just
insert inside the body of an email and then just include the student's name and current school year picture! That means I would only have to make a handful of easy changes per email :)
How exciting!
So.... I created my first free one on the bleeding/clotting disorder known as
Von Willebrand Disease!  What do you think?  You can download your free copy today by
visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

I would love feedback and I would love input
on what health related educational cards you want to see!

The School Nurse Store(s)

Here are a couple of links to some school nurse related items I've created!
Let me know if there is anything specific you want me to create :)
Thanks for looking.


Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 enters with 2 snow days!!


two snow days, what?!

Well.... I was supposed to return to work today after a two week break,
B.U.T. we are suffering from severe weather- snow & horribly cold temps!
So, school was cancelled today - how exciting! 
An extra day of vacation. One more day to sleep in!
Oh- but it gets better!
School is cancelled tomorrow too due to the severe windchill!
Now- all of the kids (mine included)
have been doing some sort of
happy dance for hours! 
 I can't remember the last time I had 2 "snow" days in a row!

Where are you?  What's the weather like?

Better yet... how do you keep your kids entertained
when it's too cold to be outside?!
Enjoy a 4x6 printable!

Or... order a postcard, or other fun snow day item!
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