Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are you 'HI'- high?

Type 1 Diabetes in the School Setting

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School Nurse Tip: This post gives school nurses a few suggestions on how to be prepared to deal with Type 1 Diabetes in the school setting.

Are you high?

This was found floating around on Pinterest.

Have you seen it?

I'm sure we've all said that at one time or another to a student with diabetes! Then, as soon as the words leave your mouth, there is a student or staff member who looks at the both of you with the above expression!  Makes me giggle :)

This year only three of my students are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. They are all able to independently care for their needs. However, they know (and their parents know) that the nurses are always available to them as needed and especially in an emergency situation. 

School Nurse Office Organization Stations

I have found having a well organized office makes life in the nurse's office easier!

One of the ways I organize the health  center is by grouping like items together.  Here are a few ways we've organized our diabetes supplies in order to make our office space work better for us:

T1D Suggestions from The School Nurse

  1. Display the standing orders for hypoglycemia and the treatment supplies together.
  2. Use the updated district DDMP and 504 Plan papers.
  3. Group the completed forms together in the folder labeled "Diabetes Care Plans".
  4. Keep the "diabetes care plans" folder in our daily med binder and attach a copy to each student's "card"- the "card" is an old school 5x8 index card we use to chart daily visits- works for us!
  5. Provide each student a basket for their diabetes supplies.  They keep their basket on a shelf in the office.
  6. The shelf they store their supplies on is near where they test their blood sugar which is also next to the sharps container.
  7. Have a working agreement with the local fire department to properly dispose of full sharps containers throughout the school year as needed.
  8. Email each of the student's teacher every semester a diabetes digital information card.  I try to include the parents too in case they want to add more information.

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These are just a handful of ways I try to make my work life more organized and easier!
What are some of the things you've done? 
I would love to hear from you!

Check out these T1D digital forms; all available on TPT!



  1. "These are just a handful of ways I try to make my work life more organized and easier!
    What are some of the things you've done?"

    Creating a list is the first and best thing that I have done to make my work life more organized and easier. It also works in every area of our lives such as in our homes!

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