Are you high?
Have you seen this floating around Pinterest?
I'm sure we've all said that at one time or another to a student with diabetes!
Then, as soon as the words leave your mouth, there is a student or
staff member who looks at the both of you with
the above expression! Makes me giggle :)
This year the high school I work at has three students with Type 1 Diabetes.
All of them are able to independently care for their needs,
but we are here if they need us.
I say "we" because there are three nurses!!
I have found having a well organized office makes life in the nurse's office easier!
One of the ways I organize the health center is by grouping like items together.
Here are a few ways we've organized our diabetes supplies in order
to make our office space work better for us:
- Display the standing orders for hypoglycemia and the treatment supplies together.
- Use the updated district DDMP and 504 Plan papers.
- Group the completed forms together in the folder labeled "Diabetes Care Plans".
- Keep the "diabetes care plans" folder in our daily med binder and attach a copy to each student's "card"- the "card" is an old school 5x8 index card we use to chart daily visits- works for us!
- Provide each student a basket for their diabetes supplies. They keep their basket on a shelf in the office.
- The shelf they store their supplies on is near where they test their blood sugar which is also next to the sharps container.
- Have a working agreement with the local fire department to properly dispose of full sharps containers throughout the school year as needed.
- Email each of the student's teacher every semester a diabetes digital information card. I try to include the parents too in case they want to add more information.