School Nurse Guide to the Flu (Influenza)

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We all love free stuff. However, there should be an asterisk by the word “stuff.” It should look something like this: “We all love free stuff*.” The “*” clarification should be, “Unless it’s chewed bubble gum, unpopped popcorn kernels, or the flu.” Needless to say, there are many, many, MANY

Pediculicide / Lice Shampoo – RID vs NIX

This article has many parts that include the official Nurse Kevin Lice Battle Plan and All About Head Lice. You can read this article and the complete series of articles on Nurse Kevin's website: http://www.licebattleplan.com/ "As far as lice shampoo, usually suggest NIX as the go-to product. But, you’ll likely have

School Nurse Guide to Chickenpox

Y’all ever get a call from a mamma, “I’m keeping Little Kyle home because he has the chickenpox?” I love those calls. No, actually that was a lie; I don’t like those calls. The first thing I do is wonder, who in that classroom is not vaccinated...then...who in my school

Scoliosis: In-School Screening or Not

Scoliosis Screening School

My school district has some of school nursing’s best-of-the-best-of-the-best school nurses. Ain’t none of them ever punched me in my nose, and ain’t none of them called me “male nurse”...too often. The other day, during our meeting, we talked about a lot of things (which is what folks usually do

School Nurse’s Guide to Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

School Nurse’s Guide to Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) - One of my first job interviews was in Phoenix, Arizona for a school nurse position...well...kinda like a school nurse position. During my interview, the director shared this story: Two girls are up and dressed and ready for school. This is not a normal school;

School Nurse’s Guide to Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

I’m gonna tell you a story...it may gross non-nurses out...but I am going to tell it nonetheless. A few years ago, while working as the ADON at a nursing facility, we had a case of Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-um dif-uh-SEEL), often called C. difficile or C. diff. This “young lady,” who

Whooping Cough – School Nurse’s Guide

The end of the school day is one of my favorite times of the day. No, not (just) because it’s close to time to leave and get home. I just love watching all the young-uns leaving with their backpacks, shouting, “See you tomorrow, Nurse Kevin!” as they wave vigorously in

Ringworm at School – The Fungus Among Us

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You ever get an itch? Sure you do; we all itch once in a while. The challenge is: Can you get through this article without scratching...nope...you’re already noticing an itchy spot, right?It's not a parasite, it's a fungus! Okay...that video was way out of line...well...maybe not "way out." Anyway...Let’s talk

Thunderstorm Asthma

Have you ever noticed that the number of asthma-suffering children who seek help from the school nurse increases just after a storm front has moved through? A lot of factors play a role in the wide-spread exacerbation of individual asthmatic symptoms. But when we notice many of the children coming

Concussion Symptoms Assessment for the School Nurse

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“Whoa, man! What happened to you? Did you get in a fight with a ninja?” A little kindergartner enters the health office with a huge goose egg on his right forehead. “I bet you licked him, didn’t you?” Of course, without a frame of reference, the kinder looks at me