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School Nurse News – Volume 2 – Friday, December 7, 2018

What a high school nurse wants you to know about vaping (LINK)

“Vaping is more popular than ever, and now some say students are using vape pens to smoke pot.”

We school nurses are aware of vaping…and also juuling (and e-cigarette use in general). I don’t understand why anyone would want to use these products but…then again…I have my own “likes” just like you have yours. Nonetheless, use/ possession of these products while at school is almost universally considered a no-no.

With that being said, companies that sell juuling devices will be more than happy to come to your school and present the “dangers of under-aged smoking/ juuling/ and a bunch of other “things” they should not be doing.

DON’T let them in your building. They want to build “awareness.” And the “awareness” they are pushing is a paradoxical “awareness.” Some of these products the children don’t know about…but they WILL if you promote their kind of “awareness.”

Present the anti-juuling, e-cigs, and other anti-smoking on your own or use a bonafide anti-smoking organization’s presentation that will really show the kids what smoking is all about.

Last thought: I used to be a hospice nurse. My COPD patients almost universally quoted “smoking” as one of their life’s biggest regrets.

Shigellosis source unknown for kindergarten outbreak near Seattle (Link)

“Public Health for King County is continuing to investigate the shigellosis outbreak at Cascade Ridge Elementary School…”

Folks sometimes don’t really understand how many of these illnesses spread. They think they may “catch” shigellosis from their food…which is partially true…provided the food was prepared by someone who had the bacteria on their hands. The CDC says you can get the shigella germs after touching surfaces contaminated with germs from stool from a sick person.

Like I mentioned in this article about HFMD, where I said, “You can catch this by getting someone else’s poo poo in your mouth.” Each year we do a hand-washing class for the kinders. Like the bottle of shampoo says, “Wet-Lather-Repeat.” With kinders, you have to teach-watch-repeat.

The article’s title says, “Shigellosis source unknown…” We school nurses know the source…it’s coming from unwashed hands that some how and in some way got some poo poo on them…and then those unwashed hands ended up in their mouths. But, I know what they “actually” mean by “source unknown.”

Here’s a link to Nurse Kevin’s Hand-Washing PowerPoint. ENJOY…it’s free…

Public health holds vaccination drill (Link)

I remember that back in 2009, during the outbreak of H1N1 flu, our community set up an emergency vaccination clinic, and the lines were LONG! In this article, a community mobilized “about 150 employees from the health department, Vidant Community Health Programs, Pitt County Schools’ school nurse program, Pitt County Emergency Management, the public information officers for the county, school system, health department, sheriff’s office, and the NC Eastern Regional Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.”

We do a bit of preparation on our homestead (though we don’t make many videos any longer) and understand the need to be prepared. When I was in the Army, we’d prepare for riots by having mock riots and going through the motions.

We school nurses are part of our community’s health programs. We are working with a lot of high-risk folks all gathered at one place at one time. It’s good they incorporate us school nurses in these community training programs.

La Crosse school staffers arrange help for boy teased over hygiene (Link)

“When a 14-year-old La Crosse boy’s truancy was attributed at least in part to being bullied about his hygiene, staffers at the middle school sprang into action to ease at least that burden.”

I see two boys…every morning…to promote (and check upon) their hygiene. They are good, older boys, but they just haven’t quite “figured it out yet.”

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