Phenylketonuria (PKU) – The School Nurse Guide

Years ago I was a phlebotomist. Yep. I was in nursing school back in 1994 and picked up a job at the local hospital for $4.50 per hour. I was green, as green as they come...my son would refer to me a “noob” if phlebotomist were video gamers. My job

Vision Screening – The School Nurse Guide

The school year is progressing along lickety split! We've been back to school for 94 days and have 197 left until summer break... including weekends and holidays...not that I'm counting or anything like that. Allergies...CHECK! Immunizations…CHECK! Vision screening... CHECK! What's next? Follow-ups for sure (with puberty class lingering). You can

Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV) – The School Nurse Guide

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Tubes everywhere! Remember...way back…(WAY WAY back for old nurses like me). Remember way back to your pre-nursing days and your A&P class? You know what I’m talking about. Those poor frogs…I’ll mention those poor critters at the end of this article. From the inner workings of our cells to the inner

A Kid With A Rash Walks Into Your Office…

Right now you’re likely seeing...in your mind...that child who walked into your office last school year with a “what-is-that” kind of rash. You know—that itchy, burn-ey, bumpy, scaly, red rash that causes you to pause and wonder, “What the heck did this child get into?!” And summer time is rash

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

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’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’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