Friday, May 12, 2017

March, April & May 2017


May 2017

Every month I have the best intentions to write the best school nurse blog post.
It would be funny, informative, and offer a helpful hint for running your office.
However, I have trouble finding the time to make that a reality :(

So, here it is May and I am trying to play catch up with my blog posts.
You forgive me though, don't you?  

There is something very fun coming soon....

A guest blog post from Gerri Harvey!

Remember her- the author of School Nurse Perspective blog 
and the School Nurse Christmas Poem?

I loved reading her writings and can't wait to include some of her thoughts on my own blog.
If you have a specific question for Gerri please email me or leave it in the comments below!

Enjoy the fast approaching end to another great school year!
-Elisabeth, The School Nurse


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

February 2017


Who remembers Gerri Harvey's school nurse blog/website-    School Nurse Perspectives?




It was love at first read for me!  
I absorbed her words and advice and still remember much of it to this day.
Gerri's blog/website actually sparked the idea of Diary Of A School Nurse!

Anyway... years ago her blog went "under construction" which gave me chills
because I envisioned Gerri (whom I've never met in person) revamping
her blog and updating all of her great information just for me.

Over the years I would continue to check on a regular basis to see
if the "construction" was finished and sadly there was never an updated version.

So....  last month I remembered the vast world of FB and decided to search for Gerri :)
I found her & she kindly responded to my message!

Even though her blog isn't available anymore she still values the time & relationships 
she made when she worked as a school nurse!  

I would love to invite Gerri to write a guest post for me.... 

What do you guys think?



Also... since it is Dr. Seuss week I thought sharing this poem was highly appropriate!



Taken from http://thespeechladies.blogspot.com/

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Friday, February 3, 2017

January 2017 (a!)

Another January Post...

PS I started writing this in January, but didn't actually post it until February :(
Sometimes it is the thought that counts :)

It's never too early to start preparing for the next school year!

I was please to see (on my IG account) that many of you have online access to immunizations. 
They aren't always the most up-to-date, but when they are it feels like you've own the lottery, right!?

I wish IL would include the most recent physical exams too :)

Here are a few things we are working on in our office ....
1. Reviewing MCV4 shots for next school year
2. Getting dental clinic permission forms completed
3. Updating the letters I mail home during the summer months

What projects are you working on in your office?  I would love to hear :)

Do you work in IL & want to apply for your own I-Care account?
Here is the link... Illinois I-Care 


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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 there 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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