School Nurse Flu Season Survival Guide

Flu Season and School Nurses are Scrambling I get a call from one of my old schools with no school nurse the other day, “Nurse Kevin, how do we know when we should close school because of the flu?” WOW! That was a great question. And my response was simple. “It’s

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

posterior urethral valves

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

Dental Emergencies Emergency Lost Tooth

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