Thursday, October 21, 2021

National School Bus Safety Week

Thank You School Bus Drivers

It's National School Bus Safety Week!

Remember to thank your bus drivers.

Then check out these fun school bus driver gift ideas on Amazon (commissioned link)


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

School Nurse Boo Boo Crew


Trick or Treat?

+ this post mainly contains affiliate links - have fun looking & exploring +
- there is a free school nurse BOO BOO CREW printable too -

Helpful School Nurse Tip: I prefer treats, but I'm not opposed to a few friendly tricks too. How about you? Does your school do anything special for Halloween? If so, do you participate? Here are a few simple ideas and ways you can get involved at your school.

Four Ways For The School Nurse To Get Involved This October....


Wearing school appropriate attire is probably one of the easiest ways to get involved and the students really like it too. Consider wearing a fun headband, t-shirt, leggings, and/or socks. If you are feeling daring then you can go all out with a full costume. Not sure what to do?  Here are a few school nurse options I found for you on Amazon:



In my experience, students of all ages enjoy a festive clinic. Some schools allow Halloween office decor while other schools allow seasonal office decor. Either way, here are a few options I found for you on Oriental Trading:

FREE 5x7 Printable! right click, save, share / print


Does your school provide a fun Trunk or Treat parking lot event? If so, consider decorating your car or van. There are so many Trunk or Treat DIY decorating options available and here are a few fun ones I found on Oriental Trading:


Instead of candy, consider some fun non food items. There are many alternative options available on Oriental Trading!


Friday, October 1, 2021

IEP : Health Domain

Completing an IEP Health Domain

+ this post contains affiliate links +

Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: Being involved in the special education / special services process can seem overwhelming and confusing for many school nurses. Having a better understanding of the process and the role of the school nurse throughout the process will give you confidence to complete each of your areas.  Let's start with the health domain.


What is a Health Domain?

To understand what a health domain is, you must have an understanding of the special education Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.  First, an IEP is a formal document that describes a specific education plan with goals and intended outcomes for a specific student. Before the specific goals and outcomes are written or any assessment or evaluation can start, a review of the "domains" must take place. 

Special Education Domain Meeting

A  domain meeting is an official special education meeting where each member of the special education team reviews the findings specific to their domain. Depending on the findings, the school nurse or other member, may request "additional evaluations" needed. 

There are eight domain sections: 

  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Functional Performance
  3. Cognitive Function
  4. Communication Status
  5. Health
  6. Vision and Hearing
  7. Motor Ability
  8. Social/Emotional Conditions 

Typically, additional evaluations and assessments are needed to determine if an identified concern might negatively impact the student's educational learning process. Parents need to consent and team members need time to gather more information. The follow up information would then be presented at another meeting (Eligibility Determination Meeting) scheduled in the future. 


Who can Complete a Health Domain?

There are different guidelines depending on the state you live in. For example, in Illinois, a School Nurse holding a Professional Education License (PEL) should be the one to complete all Individualized Education Program (IEP) paperwork, including health domains. 

However, if school districts do not have a PEL School Nurse, they may hire a Registered Nurse who takes & successfully passes a six week RN with IEP designation course through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to complete the IEP paperwork. Do you know the requirements in your state?


How & Why is a Health Domain completed?

Most school nurses complete health domains by performing a school health chart review.  Think of this as your information gathering phase.  During this review, school nurses are looking for any current or previous health diagnoses, medication treatments, health concerns, school health action plans, Individual Healthcare Plans, etc. School Nurses are using this time to gather a health history in order to present at the upcoming Domain Meeting. They will also determine whether or not additional information is needed by gathering more specific and detailed information in the future.

How The School Nurse Completes Health Domains

  1. Print my calendar invitation to attend the meeting
  2. Pull the school health chart for the student listed on the calendar invitation. I keep the invitation upright so I can see the date of the meeting and know that is my deadline to complete the domain paperwork by
  3. Print this Health Domain Document- I'm old school & like to complete with paper and pen, but you could easily complete this electronically and just "make a copy" for each new meeting, ditch the lines & just type the information
  4. Fill in the information listed on the Health Domain Document by completing a school health chart review
  5. Enter my findings into my school district's web based special education system
  6. Print a copy of the electronic report and file that along with my paper Health Domain Document into the student's school health chart




Teachers Pay Teachers Resources

Original IHP form-
Updated IHP form-
FREE IEP Google Tracking Sheet -

free resources

Students with Disabilities Receiving Special Services-
IDHS IEP Overview-
Six Tips for Successful IEP Meetings-
School Nurse / Special Education & Reference Books-