School Nurse News – Volume 1 – Friday, November 30, 2018

Being a school nurse is pretty newsworthy. Heck! Being a nurse is pretty newsworthy. I remember when I was a hospice nurse I would try to remember to remove my name badge when I went into stores like grocery stores. The checker would notice.“Oh, you are a hospice nurse. God’s

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

11 Qualities of an Awesome School Nurse

Qualities Awesome School Nurse

11 Qualities of an Awesome School Nurse - Nurses are great folks. And I ain't just saying that because I'm a nurse; I have worked with hundreds of nurses in four different states and in five different “genres” of nursing. We nurses are pretty awesome folks. Sure we are! We

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;

70 Days Into the School Year

70 days in

Here we are...the school nurse...70 days in the school year. And, do you want to know something crazy? That’s how many summer days we had this past summer. So, why did these past 70 days seem to have passed by so much quicker than the 70 days of summer? Now,

How to Recognize the Fakers

“Nurse Kevin, I am so sick...I think I am having ‘ana-pol-axis.’ I am very allergic to killer bees...and marinara sauce. Can I have a mint?” Little Jenny has some very concerning “ailments.” She has managed to articulate her reason for coming to see the nurse, clearly...and without pausing...and while suffering from

School Nurse Guide to Air Quality Index (AQI)

The AQI, or the Air Quality Index, is a measuring “tool” to determine how healthy (or unhealthy) the air is outside. This is not only for the respiratory-compromised. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) uses this simplified Air Quality Index or AQI to help report the air quality in a format

School Nurse’s Guide Back to School

School Nurse's Guide to Back to School

School Nurse's Guide to Back to SchoolToday is day one of the new school year. Today, after getting to school and getting hugs from some of my favorite people, I mosied back to my office to start digging out of the pile that usually accumulates after a summer of school