A School Nurse’s Thoughts on Masks at School and Bullying

Recently I’ve started to learn how to sew with a sewing machine and am practicing making my own masks (I’ll leave a link at the bottom with the sites that I’ve used to learn). So far I’ve made a few different kinds and honestly, they look awful but they are functional 🤷🏼‍♀️. They probably don’tContinue reading “A School Nurse’s Thoughts on Masks at School and Bullying”

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.”

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”

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