Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cold or Flu


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Cold or Flu; Will either happen to you?

My office is offering flu shots to all staff members
and their significant others!

This year the cost is only $18!

Does your school offer flu shots to staff or students?

Information on flu prevention:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

i LOVE the school nurse

Yes, that's right... A former student used to wear the famous

 "i love the school nurse"

wristband to school just to make me smile.  

Don't tell the others, but he was one of my favorites!

I would meet with him at least twice a day for his tube feedings.
He enjoyed the feedings, but he really enjoyed the quick games of 
sword fighting we played after the feedings!
 Just foam swords so don't panic.

He would usually let me win! 
The entire time he would be laughing and smiling-
a huge smile with a deep belly laugh!

Well, as a parting gift & thank you when he moved on
from the public school system, his parents wrapped the
wristband in a pretty box and gave it to me! 

And yes, I cried- wouldn't you? 

Of course I framed the wristband and have it on display in my office! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What Does A School Nurse Do?

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.

Have you read this article…?

I first heard about this article from School Nurse Sue Dillon

& the entire article can by found on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website or 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 health care 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 or hearing

11.   Educate children about healthy lifestyles

12.   Ensure immunization compliance

13.   Develop health plans for students with disabilities

14.   Prepare for school wide and community emergencies

15.   Administer medication and provide first aid

There is so  much more too.

I'm sure you thought of a few duties.
Please leave your input in the comments section.