School Nurse’s Guide to Henoch-Schonlein Purpura

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School Nurse Guide to Henoch-Schonlein Purpura Syndrome (HSP)“Nurse Kevin, I have a little rash.” A little girl enters my office after missing a few days of school earlier in the week and is wanting me to look at a rash on her legs. And, as far as rashes go, this

School Nurse Grey Gorilla

Find Your School Nurse Grey GorillaI am entering into my 22nd year as a nurse...and some years back (seemingly in a different life)...back in nursing school...we learned our nursing-trade basics from the best of the best of the best. These ladies were published in RN and Nursing magazines and would

School Nurse’s Guide to Strep Throat

The School Nurse’s Guide to GASI wanted to call this article “The School Nurse’s Guide to GAS.” But, I thought that if someone was really looking (and being serious) about strep throat that “GAS” wouldn’t be a term that would draw a school nurse to an article on Strep Throat.

School Nurse’s Guide to Celiac Disease

I do love me some bread. We usually don’t buy bread...we make it. Yes, sometimes in our breadmaker (why not?). But, a lot of the time we make it from scratch. Each Sunday, after church, our congregation shares a snack and some “community time.” I’ve noticed that on the days

School Nurse’s Guide to the Dehydrated Child

When I was a kid in school, the blissful hour was the last hour of school. It was that hour when we knew “freedom” was being counted in minutes rather than hours. Then there was Ms. Foster. Yes...Ms. Foster....who, during the last 60 seconds of the last period would mozey

School Nurse Guide to Measles – Rubeola

(MEE-zills)“Nurse Kevin, we don’t believe in immunizations; we feel that we should allow our child’s own immune system to get strong.” There are many, many different objections parents give me about immunizations, but this one was...well...I had never heard one like this before. Truth be known, why don’t we just

School Nurse Guide to Fifth Disease – Slapped-Cheek Syndrome – Parvovirus B19

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I am TOTALLY getting spring fever! I know it’s only the middle of January, but I don’t care...I’m already doing some gardening preparations. However, if you’ve noticed a few children with “spring fever” this early in the year, it’s likely viral...and they are sick...literally. We’ve already talked about the flu

School Nurse News – Volume 4 – Tuesday, January 15, 2018

Los Angeles Teachers Union Says Strike All But Certain to Begin Next Week. [LINK]“The Los Angeles Times reports that Friday meetings between district officials and teachers union negotiators ended with no deal after the union rejected the city's most recent offer, which would have decreased class sizes and provided an

School Nurse Christmas Break Survival Guide

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Remember the old days? I remember...oh how I remember. My boss, God loves her, would set out a “holiday dream list” in late September. She would list Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day as “dreamed”-for holiday days to take off. “Number the most important

School Nurse News – Volume 3 – Monday, December 17, 2018

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More than 50 kids sick with the flu at one elementary school [LINK] “The school's nurse, Christy Mason, told Pozen that the spread of the virus hasn't slowed since the end of October....Fifty-four sounds like a lot, but you have to also look at the student population...When you look at it