Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Embrace the Frequent Flyer

Published 11/01/2011 
Updated 08/07/2021

FFP : Frequent Flyer Program

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Helpful School Nurse Tip:  Yes, even in the school setting you will encounter frequent flyers. Learn to embrace them early on- you'll thank yourself later!

Embracing the Frequent Flyer

Embracing the frequent flyer is a conscience goal of mine every school year.  I'm frequently reminded of an article I read written by (most likely) the original and my blog inspiration school nurse Gerri Harvey! 

Gerri had a a very detailed website/blog for other school nurses titled: School Nurse Perspectives; it was one-of-a-kind and full of useful, everyday tips and tricks. I read her posts over and over again. Gerri has since retired as a school nurse and retired her blog, but I keep in touch with her through the gift of social media and am still inspired by her both professionally and personally.

What Gerri Said

Gerri discussed "frequent flyers" on her blog and she reminded school nurses that there is always something more to those student's visits. Do you think that is true?  I do; over the years I've learned that that is very true. 

Frequent Flyer Goal

Keeping Gerri's knowledge in mind, try taking another look at your frequent flyers. Instead of getting annoyed when you notice Student Idee walking through your door again, try to focus more on the why the are coming to see you again.

Does your frequent flyer student have an unmet need that is being filled by visiting the school nurse on such a regular basis?  As you build trust and a relationships with your students then you'll learn more about what they need from each visit. 

Learn to embrace their visits! You might surprise yourself and miss them when the visits stop!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What Does A School Nurse Do?

School Nurses-

Making a Difference One Student At a Time

Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: Sometimes it is difficult to put into words (written and verbal) the duties & responsibilities of school nursing. Use information that others have put together for you to your advantage. Start with this article...

Charting Nursing’s Future
A publication of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

I first heard about this article from School Nurse Sue Dillon-
you can read the 2010 article here.
This is a great article full of research and statistics related to

“Unlocking the potential of school nursing:
Keeping children healthy, in school, and ready to learn.”


The article also helps answer the question-

What does a school nurse do?


I’ll mention a few things school nurses do according to the article here.


  1. Provide episodic care
  2. Manage chronic conditions
  3. Track communicable diseases
  4. Promote healthy behaviors
  5. Connect children with insurance and healthcare providers
  6. Handle emergency situations
  7. Handle life-threatening allergy and asthma events
  8. Respond to student's physical and emotional concerns
  9. Connect students with substance abuse treatment and mental, behavioral, and reproductive health services
  10. Screen for conditions that impair learning, such as poor vision and hearing
  11. Educate children about healthy lifestyles
  12. Ensure immunization compliance
  13. Develop health plants for students with disabilities
  14. Prepare for school wide and community emergencies
  15. Administer medication and provide first aid
  16. And so much more!
Really, there is so much more- According to a research article I recently read, there can be up to 80+ duties for a school nurse! Comment what would you add to this list?

Over the years, I've read a variety of poems related to being a school nurse. Of course, now that I'm searching for them, I cannot find them :(

Please email them to me so I can add them to this post. 

Thank you! elisabeth@theschoolnurse.llc

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Lunch Lady

Original Post 9/8/2011
Update Post 5/22/2023
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Lunch Lady Appreciation Poem

Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: The school year is full of recognition days. It is nice to feel remembered and appreciated. Use this poem to help celebrate School Lunch Hero Day!

The following poem was written many years ago by a former student who promises
 (or threatens, I'm not sure... ha ha) he'll return one day to be the boss!

This poem shows how much our lunch ladies (and gentleman) are appreciated!

School Lunch Hero Day is each year on the first Friday in May.

Celebrate your cafeteria crew the first Friday in May. 

With them, millions of American students have warm meals and yummy snacks to eat throughout the school year.

Friday, August 19, 2011

PSA on Concussions

"Heads Up" on Concussions for The School Nurse

Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: Each year thousands of student athletes are diagnosed with a concussion. These blog posts were written to help the school nurse help those students.

Concussion Facts

  • 135,000 sports/recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children ages 5 to 18 are treated in US Emergency Rooms each year. (MMWR July 2007)
  • Athletes who have ever had one concussion are at increased risk for more concussions.
  • Children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.

FREE resources from the CDC...click here

The CDC has created free tools for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, athletes, and health care professionals that provide important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

FREE Heads Up Online Training...click here

Monday, July 11, 2011

Glucagon Training Items

Originally Written July 2011

Glucagon Training Items

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: School nurses need to be prepared for a variety of medical emergencies on any given day. One of those potential emergencies might be related to a severe hypoglycemia episode. Are you prepared?

School Nurse Emergency Prep

I usually try to use my summer time to prepare for a great start for the upcoming school year. This summer I've put together a training sequence for all of our bus drivers on common medical emergencies. Very exciting; all of the bus drivers will receive a basic first aid power point presentation- complete with handouts and instructions on how to handle different health/medical situations that may occur during their bus route.

Also, there are a handful of drivers with students who have Type 1 Diabetes on their bus.  Those drivers are getting a more in depth education on how to treat severe low blood sugar.  In doing my research I've found some very useful tools that I wanted to share with the rest of you....

For a free Glucagon training kit you can call Lilly @ 1-800-545-5979.  

More Glucagon from Lilly Information Available Here 

Below links updated in June 2023


Friday, May 27, 2011

School Nurse Poem

School Nurse Poem

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: I read an article once that employees who feel appreciate will do more than expected. Do you think that is true?  I know I felt appreciated when I received this poem from one of my favorite school counselors- LAS.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Student Excuses- Trying to Get Out of PE class

No PE for Me Please!

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: You'll hear so many unbelievable things over the years of your school nursing career that you honestly won't be able to remember all of them. Write them down as they happen; you'll laugh & thank yourself later!

Years ago I worked at a junior high school (grades 6, 7, & 8). 

One day a nice, quiet, smart boy (and obviously someone who planned ahead!)
sketched me a beautiful picture. He thanked me for

"Three years of healing"! 

You can just imagine my heart melting as I thought of how much he appreciated all of my help over the years :)

The very next day he returned to my office
(keep in mind I'm still feeling appreciated and thankful because
of the beautiful bubble letter artwork he recently gifted me!)

 He asked me if I still liked the picture he made just for me! 
Of course I'm thrilled to tell him how much I still liked the picture.

Then he begs me to please, please, please
excuse him from PE class that day...
I'm CRUSHED- that quickly! 

What some kids will do to get out of mile run day!
Anyone relate?  What is the craziest excuse you've received?

Write it down today so you'll remember it tomorrow!