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All About Pinkeye

Pinkeye: how do we know when we need to react to real pinkeye and when we can leave it alone because it isn’t actually pinkeye? What even is “pinkeye”? Warning: there is a gross picture of an eye coming up for the ommetaphobics out there. To start, “pinkeye” is a blanket term used to describeContinue reading “All About Pinkeye”

An Open Letter to the Powers That Be… Send Help!

School nurses are facing burnout like never before. In the aftermath of the Covid pandemic where healthcare workers went from mildly respected to “heroes” and now villains enforcing the rules, the school nurses have been overwhelmed and beaten down with heaps of expectations and very little help.  In addition to our regular jobs of managingContinue reading “An Open Letter to the Powers That Be… Send Help!”

When Should You Send a Student Home?

A question I’ve seen asked by a few CSN’s recently is “How do I know when a student should be sent home versus sent back to class?” Is there a specific formula to make that decision? The short answer is no. Every situation is individual and every kid has different needs so what might sendContinue reading “When Should You Send a Student Home?”

First Aid for Nosebleeds for the School Nurse

This post contains affiliate links which means we earn a small commission if you purchase through these links One of our most favorite things: the bloodbath that ensues when a student gets a random nosebleed at school and runs through the halls to the nurse for help, all the while leaving a trail of bloodContinue reading “First Aid for Nosebleeds for the School Nurse”

Do You Use a Wood’s Lamp in Your Health Room?

I want to preface this post with the caveat that as registered nurses we are not able to diagnose any condition but we can perform our examination and give recommendations as to what we believe the issue might be. The students would always have to follow up with a doctor or nurse practitioner for diagnosisContinue reading “Do You Use a Wood’s Lamp in Your Health Room?”

Is BMI Actually a Useful Tool in Determining Health Status of Children?

School nurses have long been using the BMI (Body Mass Index) scale to determine risk for childhood obesity. Each year we check heights and weights of our students and then send home a letter to parents reporting that their child is over or under weight based on the BMI scale. But is this really theContinue reading “Is BMI Actually a Useful Tool in Determining Health Status of Children?”

What’s the deal with privacy laws and school health services?

I’ve seen some chatter recently about school staff and the dissemination of student health information – specifically what staff are allowed to say to students in relation to health issues and what the nurse is allowed to say to staff about students’ health issues. Situation #1: The school nurse has a student in the healthContinue reading “What’s the deal with privacy laws and school health services?”

Seizures at School: What the School Nurse Needs to Know

Check out links at the bottom for 504 plan info and more helpful forms for seizure disorders! When I was a kid I remember a guy at school who had seizures. It was a whole big thing – we were out at recess and he had a grand mal seizure while playing soccer. I wasContinue reading “Seizures at School: What the School Nurse Needs to Know”

Sensory Glitter Jars

A while back someone had mentioned in a Facebook post about a student playing with her “glitter bottle” in her health room and it got me thinking about how much I love glitter, and what a cool idea it would be to get/make my own glitter bottles. What is a “glitter bottle” or a “sensoryContinue reading “Sensory Glitter Jars”

School Nursing: Education and Career Opportunities

School Nurse At a Glance What you’ll do: Promote the physical well-being of students so they can succeed academically. School nurses conduct student assessments; administer first-aid, medication, and treatments; and educate students about their health. Where you’ll work: K-12 public, private, vocational, and alternative schools; health departments, military bases, and community, state, and federal organizations Degree you’llContinue reading “School Nursing: Education and Career Opportunities”