Thursday, June 30, 2022

School Nurse Office Decor

 How Do School Nurses Decorate Their Offices?

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: People spend a countless number of hours at work. If having a nicely decorated space makes you feel better and work more efficiently, then do it! You'll have zero regrets.

SHARING YOUR SCHOOL NURSE SPACE

I learn so much by seeing what other school nurses are doing- and that includes how they organize and decorate their office spaces too! How many of you would love to take a tour of a few school nurse offices spaces? I know I would. Since that isn't in our yearly budget then how about a virtual school nurse office tour! I'd LOVE to share your space too- I've seen some amazing sneak peaks on Ig and have reached out to a few of you too. Please feel free to send me your office pictures or even just a few pictures of the favorite areas of your office. 
                                       


Ready to get started?

I've got a few blog posts ready for you to check out and hopefully more on a the way. I'd love to see your office or even the favorite corner in your office, write a blog post, and add a link to your post below! If you're interested then please send your pictures to theschoolnurse@diaryofaschoolnurse.com

LET'S GET INSPIRED BY LOOKING AT THESE SCHOOL NURSE OFFICE SPACES!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

What should a new school nurse think about before the job starts?

 10 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

FOR THE NEW SCHOOL NURSE

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: Most new school nurses are extremely excited but also a little nervous about starting the job. Here are ten things any new school nurse should think.

Have you ever heard the phrase "you don't know what you don't know"? It sums up the beginning of many new adventures; even a new career as a school nurse!  As a new school nurse you want to be as prepared as possible, but you might not know where to begin. You might not even know what questions to ask yourself in order to be prepared. You might not know where to even start in your planning process. Don't worry- as a school nurse with over 25 years experience, I compiled a list of 10 things any new school nurse should think about before their first day on the new job. 

These are the ten hottest topics that many new school nurses ask about and want to learn more about.  This list will serve as a great starting point for you and hopefully this FREE top ten guide helps you be more prepared for your new career as a school nurse. 

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The School Nurse and Student Health Screenings

What health screenings need to be completed for my students? 

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: Mandatory health screenings are different then state required health forms needed for students to attend schools. Both screenings and requirements vary from state to state. Both are extremely important and schools nurses should be aware of the requirements for their students.

Health Screenings at School

Did you know that over 98% of US children attend school (National Center for Education Statistics, 2019) and 40% of those children have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition (CDC, 2019).  However, there might be more students attending school with an undiagnosed health condition and if a school nurse is on campus they are the perfect professional resource to provide initial health screenings and referrals for physician follow up care. Examples of health screenings that a school nurse or other trained professional can provide within the school setting include but might not be limited to:
  1. Vision Screenings
  2. Hearing Screenings
  3. Scoliosis Screenings
  4. Dental Screenings
  5. Mental Health & Behavioral Screenings
  6. Hunger Screenings
  7. Lead Exposure Screenings
Are unsure of the mandatory health screenings in your state?  If so, look at the Department of Public Health site for your state, then search for something general such as "school health requirements"; these search results will hopefully lead you in the right direction.

Illinois Student Health Screening Requirements

  1. Vision Screenings
    "Vision screening must be provided annually for preschool children 3 years of age or older in any public or private educational program or licensed child care facility, and for school age children in kindergarten, second and eighth grades; are in special education class; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students." IDPH, 06/21/2022
  2. Hearing Screenings 
"Hearing screening must be provided annually for preschool children 3 years of age or older in any public or private educational program or licensed child care facility, and for all school age children grades kindergarten, first, second and third; are in special education class; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students.  These screening services shall be provided in all public, private, and parochial schools." IDPH, 06/21/2022
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