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Tales of School Nursing

Do you have a funny story to tell about being a school nurse? What are some of your best/funniest complaints that you’ve heard as a school nurse? I would like to include your stories in a piece about the fun of being a school nurse. Obviously no identifying details or names should be included toContinue reading “Tales of School Nursing”

School Nurse Hacks

Hey school nurses, after a Facebook post about giving sugar to relieve (non urgent) allergic reactions, I want to write a post discussing unconventional tips and tricks that people have used that you wouldn’t think of or that others don’t readily know. Do you know a magical cure for lice that we don’t know aboutContinue reading “School Nurse Hacks”

Don’t Insult The Nurse!

Does anyone else remember that time that the ladies on “The View” mocked the nurse turned pageant contestant for wearing a “nurse’s costume” with a “doctor’s stethoscope”? I was kind of mad. Here’s what I messaged them 5 years ago: Dear Ladies of The View: I’m sure by now you’ve see the error of yourContinue reading “Don’t Insult The Nurse!”

Is It an Emergency: Covid -19 Edition.

Calling all the stressed out school nurses trying to navigate through the real emergencies, paperwork, screenings 504’s and IEP’s and minor injuries/illnesses! Are you inundated with kids who sneezed once or bumped themselves on a desk or door? Kids with loose teeth or dirty clothes? Now with the fabulous addition of Covid-19 to our workloadContinue reading “Is It an Emergency: Covid -19 Edition.”

I am a School Nurse and I am afraid.

I am a school nurse and I am afraid. I am afraid of returning to my school after being closed for almost half of the school year and navigating a completely new way of doing my job. It’s like starting a new job all over again with no training. I am afraid of returning toContinue reading “I am a School Nurse and I am afraid.”

Managing Colds and Viruses

*Sniff sniff…cough cough….* Get the tissues and the Vitamin C because it’s cold and flu season. It seems like it never ends with these kids – the snots and the coughing and the moaning. So what can we do about it? Should we send them to school? Should we send them to the school nurse?Continue reading “Managing Colds and Viruses”

Is It an Emergency?

Calling all the stressed out school nurses trying to navigate through the real emergencies, paperwork, screenings 504’s and IEP’s and minor injuries/illnesses! Are you inundated with kids who sneezed once or bumped themselves on a desk or door? Kids with loose teeth or dirty clothes? We school nurses have a ton to deal with allContinue reading “Is It an Emergency?”

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.”