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”

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: Information for School Nurses

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or CMT is a progressive neurological disorder causes damage to nerves connecting the brain and spinal cord. Fast facts: CMT is both an inherited genetic disorder that can run in families and also a spontaneously occurring condition. Approximately 3 million or more people across the world suffer from CMT. There are approximately 100Continue reading “Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: Information for School Nurses”

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”

And We’re back…

Just over 365 days ago, we got the word that school would be closing for two weeks in order to mitigate this “Coronavirus” thing that was happening. I was so sick that week but we didn’t have any cases in this side of the country so at the time I didn’t think anything of it.Continue reading “And We’re back…”

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