Sunday, September 18, 2022

Funding For School Nurse Office Supplies!


DonorsChoose and The School Nurse

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip:  Every school nurse should have a budget to purchase the necessary supplies for their school nurse's office.  How can school nurses increase their supply budget? Read on for more information on expanding your school nurse budget...

I have a hefty budget, but there are always a few items each year on my "wish list". I usually try to budget the funds I have so that at the end of a school year I have enough leftover to purchase one of my wish list items.  Not anymore!

Thanks to a participant of The School Nurse Facebook groups (public school nurse Fb group, private school nurse Fb group), I don't have to wait any longer. A couple of years ago she shared how she was able to receive funds and purchase items for her school nurse office by using the funding source DonorsChoose!  

I was hopeful that if she was successful in receiving funding that I might be able to too!  I decided to give DonorsChoose a try and so far I've tallied up four fully funded projects & I have high hopes of many more too!  The process was actually very simple and user friendly. Remember, if her and I can do it, then you can too!

To date, I've received over $2000 in funding to purchase items for my school nurse office!  

You can read all about the projects I've completed HERE or by clicking the image below... Then start your very own project HERE!

  • DonorsChoose is very user friendly! They provide you with step-by-step directions. 
  • DonorsChoose collects all donated money. They purchase the items you've selected.
  • DonorsChoose has the items shipped directly to your public school!
I advertise my projects on my personal Facebook page and ask friends and families to share with others. I have received donations from friends, families, businesses, and even strangers who are looking to support public schools!

Check out The School Nurse's fully funded projects...


Use the affiliate links below to view and/or purchase specific items from each of the above projects!

Health & Safety

Period Poverty


Vital Signs

Anatomy Models, Magnifying Lamp & Digital Time/Temp

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Sunday, July 24, 2022

Nurse Brandi's School Nurse Office

School Nurse Office Inspiration from Nurse Brandi!

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip:  Allow yourself to design a space that works for you and your students. Think outside of the typical box in order to come up with your unique workspace design. 

Waiting Room Boundaries!

One of the very first things that grabbed my eye in Brandi's office is her clear waiting room boundaries display! Boundaries are so important. We often expect students (and staff) to act a certain way, but we don't explain the way or our expectations. I'm sure she has to remind her students, but in time they will remember and they might even remind others :) Read my recent DOASN blog post on school nurse boundaries HERE

As you can see Nurse Brandi has made her waiting room expectations for the students very clear!
  1. Take a number and wait to be called- there are plenty of chairs available.
  2. Use a pen and post it note to write down your nurse question or color quietly while you wait. 

Use everyday items to make your life easier!

Another detail I noticed was her use of everyday clothesline clips to complete the set up! You could even use this as a history lesson as I'm sure the majority of students today might not know what clotheslines are :(

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I love everything there is to see on Nurse Brandi's "RN" wall, but if I had to pick a favorite then I'd have to go with the skeleton! I've always wanted one in my office :)  What item is your favorite at Nurse Brandi's treatment station?

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School Nurse ABC wall sign- super cute and I believe this is from Etsy but I could not find a link :(

School Nurse Bulletin Board Idea!

This anatomy related bulleting board speaks for itself! I'm sure this is an excellent conversation starter and educational tool- plus it is just fun to look at!  If you're a school nurse who doesn't have time to switch out a bulletin board on a regular basis then this option might be for you! You can keep it up year round and then add interested health facts to the board as you have time. Or better yet, you can ask you students (maybe a frequent flyer) to supply you with the health facts to use!  

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similar Where is the Nurse sign- I'm thinking you can feed a cheaper version on Etsy v. Amazon.

The Resting Area

Every school nurse office needs a couple of cots, right?  This area in Nurse Brandi's office looks relaxing and comfortable but not too inviting :)  My personal favorite is the sea foam bookshelf and the turquoise cot! I also love the chalkboard with the "Interesting Fact Of The Week" written on it. Asking a frequent flyer to help you with new facts every week is a great way to have them feel more involved and included.  

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Thank you Nurse Brandi for sharing your office with us!
You can connect with Nurse Brandi HERE!

See all of the School Nurse Office Inspiration posts HERE!


Cooling Mat (easy to clean)
Disposable Instant Ice Packs
Zero Gravity Chairs (8 color options)

splurge Splinter Out
splurge Emesis Bags
save Plastic Bags
dream Countertop Ice Maker

Friday, July 22, 2022

Boundaries for The School Nurse

 Do school nurses need professional boundaries?

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: I've been promoting boundaries on The School Nurse Ig feed for years, literally years. Boundaries will look very different from one school nurse to the next, but they are just as important and should be set & followed. 

What are professional boundaries?  

When school nurses set boundaries they are practicing a social skill. This social skill defines a specific areas in their life  (professional or personal). Think of professional boundaries like a set of rules, instructions, or directions that you use to define where your professional responsibilities end and your personal responsibilities begin.

What happens when school nurses don't set professional boundaries?

Without clear and defined professional boundaries, a school nurse may begin to develop resentment for the job. They may feel taken advantage of, taken for granted, and/or underappreciated.

Why do school nurses need professional boundaries?

When a school nurse sets healthy professional boundaries, they may feel:
  • more in control of their time
  • like they have a more clear understanding of professional responsibilities v. requests
  • more confident saying "no"

What are some examples of professional boundaries for school nurses?

  1. Set an auto email response on your work email & include a return to work date.
  2. Remove your work email from your personal cell phone.
  3. Set rules for students to follow when waiting to be seen in your office.
  4. Take a your required uninterrupted lunch break.
  5. ..... Please comment more examples.....