Motivating Children to Wash Their Hands — Even When No One Is Watching

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Hand washing...really?? Do we really need to talk about handwashing and the importance of handwashing and blah, blah, blah? I don’t know about your nursing school, but way back in 1996, the first return demonstration we ever had to perform as student nurses was handwashing. So, why is this school

Motivating The Unmotivated Type 1 Diabetic

How to Eat an Elephant? One bite at a time, right? How do you suffer from type 1 diabetes? One cell at a time. Unmanaged type 1 diabetes is like taking a penny nail and small tack hammer to a brick wall; it may take some time, but eventually, the

Dental Emergency – School Nurse Guide

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3 Steps To Putting Teeth Back In Children's MouthsOnce upon a time there was my son...a boy now of 12 (come next week)...but a boy then of 3. This 3-year-old was bouncing on the bed we all were sitting on. “Stop that! You’re gonna get hurt (see Life is a

Life Is A Lawnmower

School Nurse VersionEvery generation learns from the mistakes of the earlier generation and life for our children gets better and better each generation forward as they learn not to do things that cause pain and emotional discomfort. Yeah! Right! In a perfect world. Life is a Lawnmower. Why do our children

School Nurse Guide to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

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School Nurse Guide to Stevens-Johnson SyndromeA couple of articles ago, I wrote about “grey gorilla nurses” and how every nursing “arena” needs these been-there-and-done-that kinda of nurses. We have a couple or three of those awesome school nurses at our district. Having spent 10+ years in hospice, I was one

School Nurse Kevin’s 5th Grade Puberty Presentation

School Nurse Kevin's FREE Puberty PowerPoint PresentationYesterday I taught my 5th puberty presentation this year. As a school nurse, there’s one thing I am sure of: They already know 90% of what I am presenting. But they still giggle. They giggle like a room full of 2nd grade girls when

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