Monday, January 18, 2021



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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: The question isn't "If a health emergency happens, will I be prepared?", the question is "When a school health emergency happens, will I be prepared?".  Run through scenarios in your head and make sure you have an emergency bag (or box) ready to go!

Updated School Nurse Emergency Box!

I've shared several blog posts about school nurse emergency bags. You can read them all too- HERE.

Original & Most Popular DOASN Blog Posts

This school nurse emergency bag blog post from 2012 is the most read post on the Diary Of A School Nurse blog! You can check it out here- 2012 POST HERE.
There is a follow up school nurse emergency bag blog post from 2020 that you can read HERE- 2020 POST HERE.

For years I've promised an update, but as a busy school nurse the promised, updated blog post kept getting pushed to the back burner. Finally, I took a few minutes to take a picture of my current emergency bag! Ready?

My school nurse emergency bag is not actually a bag at all- it is a BOX!

I still keep it on a shelf in my office for easy grab-n-go access. I still have the same supplies as before, BUT the supplies are nicely organized by like items in this box.

I've used pencil storage cases and made labels for each! No need for a fancy label maker; these are printed from my computer onto regular paper then taped to the pencil boxes!

You might be saying to yourself 
"Great, but carrying that box would be cumbersome."

True, it is, but I prefer having all like items neatly organized and labeled! And, It fits perfectly in the wheelchair seat which I typically take with me on emergency calls. On the way back to the office I will ask the SRO or another member of the school admin team who also respond to carry it for me.

The pencil boxes are large enough that I can keep folded copies of specific emergency action plans inside too! 

So far this new option has been working out great.

Hang tight for another update-  in eight years or so :)

School Nurse Emergency Box Contents:

Many school nurses (including myself) need standing orders for the emergency items mentioned above. Do you know what your state requires?

1 comment:

  1. As far as the EAP's, are they for students or just general EAPs? If student EAP's do you carry their rescue medications or just use what you have with you?