Back to School 2020-2021??

“This would be a great job...if there were no kids or their parents.” – Nurse KevinWell, that used to be a joke I would say. But, I have to be honest, now I am saying, “This would be a great job...if there WERE kids and parents.” Our first day of school is today...for us contracted staff. Children were supposed to

COVID-19 Will Change School Nursing – Article 2 of 2

The other day I did a poll on the Go See The Nurse Facebook Page. I asked the question, “What are you doing while the kids are "home schooling?" Two choices were presented as pictures: a school house and a private home. I was both shocked and...well...not shocked at the same time. 94% of those school nurses who responded were

COVID-19 Will Change School Nursing – Article 1 of 2

What Is Going On ‘Round Here! Remember back in the fall and early winter when everyone was gearing up for the flu season? I sure do (for more reasons than one). And now...nothing. As a matter of fact, I have not heard one IOTA about the flu, pertussis, measles or anything else other than COVID-19. The Facebook posts and news and

School Nurse Guide to Measles – Rubeola

(MEE-zills)“Nurse Kevin, we don’t believe in immunizations; we feel that we should allow our child’s own immune system to get strong.” There are many, many different objections parents give me about immunizations, but this one was...well...I had never heard one like this before. Truth be known, why don’t we just ask our children to lick the inside rim of a

School Nurse Guide to Fifth Disease – Slapped-Cheek Syndrome – Parvovirus B19

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I am TOTALLY getting spring fever! I know it’s only the middle of January, but I don’t care...I’m already doing some gardening preparations. However, if you’ve noticed a few children with “spring fever” this early in the year, it’s likely viral...and they are sick...literally. We’ve already talked about the flu and HFMD. But we haven’t talked about Fifth Disease (Slapped-Cheek

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 having grown up with parents who struggled through the Great

Hepatitis A Outbreak – To Immunize or Not to Immunize

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State Of Emergency Over Deadly Hepatitis A Outbreak "California declared a state of emergency Friday (October 13th, 2017) after a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak has spread faster than the state’s ability to supply the vaccine that can ward off the disease." says Jack Davis over at westernjournalism.com. A “state of emergency” says it all; in the entire year of 2015 there