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Why Is It So Hard To Be A New Nurse Among Experienced Nurses?

We’ve all heard that little expression “nurses eat their young” and give a little giggle because #newnurses, right? They are often young, inexperienced in nursing, inexperienced in life and in need of guidance by more experienced folks like ourselves. I’ve seen and experienced this type of bullying among nurses throughout my career in healthcare andContinue reading “Why Is It So Hard To Be A New Nurse Among Experienced Nurses?”

Environmental Health and Your School: What You Need to Worry About (and What You Don’t). Part 1: Asbestos

We’ve all seen on the news lately about Philadelphia schools closing left and right over damaged asbestos and other possible toxins being found in the old buildings. There is a lot to be concerned about with this issue, but there are also some misconceptions. What are we to do if we are concerned about environmentalContinue reading “Environmental Health and Your School: What You Need to Worry About (and What You Don’t). Part 1: Asbestos”

Your Child is Starting Kindergarten, Here’s What the School Nurse Wants You to Know.

What a milestone you have reached in your child’s life! Starting kindergarten is exciting, scary, sometimes new to parents, always new to the kids. Often it’s a different school, different kids, and always a whole new schedule for them to learn. As the school nurse I wanted to share a bit of information for parentsContinue reading “Your Child is Starting Kindergarten, Here’s What the School Nurse Wants You to Know.”

What’s That Rash?

A question I’m asked frequently at school, “Nurse, what’s this rash from?” is honestly a tough one to answer. There are so many different kind of rashes, some are contagious, some are bug bites, and some are just random “nothing” rashes. I’ll tell you from the start, I have no idea what bug bit you.Continue reading “What’s That Rash?”

Your Kid Needs Immunizations For School: What You Need to Know.

So your child has started school, or started at a new school. You’ve provided all the information they asked for but the school nurse calls and sends a letter home saying that your kid needs immunizations. *Eye roll*, you thought you were all set but now you have to make a doctors appointment and dragContinue reading “Your Kid Needs Immunizations For School: What You Need to Know.”

Is Your Kid Too Sick to Go to School?

“I’m siiiiick!” says your kid, first thing in the morning when it’s time to get ready for school. Now what? Do you call out of work and keep them home? Do you just send them in and hope for the best? When is your kid too sick to go to school? and why can’t theyContinue reading “Is Your Kid Too Sick to Go to School?”

To Ice or Not To Ice

To ice or not to ice? This is an issue I face daily as the school nurse. The little ones get bumped and boo-boo’ed and the first thing everyone thinks is “oh dear, you need ice for that pain!”. But when is it appropriate to give ice for an injury and when is it notContinue reading “To Ice or Not To Ice”

Your Kid Has Asthma: What the School Nurse Needs You to Know

So your kid has asthma, and they go to school. Here’s what the school nurse needs you to know about that: 1. I need you to understand what asthma is and isn’t. Asthma is not a cough or a cold. Asthma is not being out of breath from physical activity. Asthma is a big deal. Continue reading “Your Kid Has Asthma: What the School Nurse Needs You to Know”

Your Kid Has Lice

So you’ve received the dreaded phone call from school: your kid has head lice. After you have gotten yourself together and stopped scratching your own head (phantom lice, I totally get it), I can give you some tips and info. Lice are icky, itchy, no fun all around and sometimes expensive to deal with. TheyContinue reading “Your Kid Has Lice”