School nurses are faced with a wide range of tasks in their day, from determining whether a little one is suffering from a stomachache or trying to avoid a math test to students who require assistance with ongoing, severe medical problems. Because of this extreme range of responsibilities, it’s important for those practicing school nursing to stay on top of the latest developments in the medical field and to seek additional education and training certifications on a wide range of topics.
In order to determine what additional training and supplemental education may be useful, school nurses should take a look at their student body and what medical issues those students may face. Additionally, talking with school health professionals in schools that feed into their school can give an idea of the medical issues of incoming students in the next couple of years. Other nurses may have personal topics of interest for which they would like to seek additional education. [click to continue…]
Many times, the school nurse is the first person to recognize physical and mental health issues in a child. As we are not typically equipped to diagnose and manage illnesses, communicating with teachers, parents, administration, and other caregivers is the best tool in our arsenal for ensuring that students get the care and attention they need. Whether you are working with a student who has a potential health issue or one who is being treated for an existing condition, here are some top tips for keeping the lines of communication open and healthy. [click to continue…]
A growing number of children are receiving occupational therapy services at school, and school-based occupational therapists are tasked with providing helpful activities for a wide range of students with varying abilities and issues. Finding fresh, new ideas to keep students engaged is important, as is finding new resources and techniques to assist in more challenging cases. Thankfully, living in this digital generation, there are many online resources available for occupational therapists. Here are just a few information-packed websites to help you create the best therapy experience for your students. [click to continue…]
School teachers and therapists can be incredibly influential in children’s lives. Think about it – they spend 6-8 hours per day with a class of students, teach them knowledge necessary for life, help them solve problems, and instigate creativity in their minds. They are the beings that children are taught to respect and listen to, and can even contribute to a student’s future career in education or a certain line of work. [click to continue…]
Parents everywhere are cheering, kids are groaning, and teachers and school nurses are preparing themselves for another school year. It’s back to school time, and everyone is getting ready for what they hope to be a safe, healthy, and successful school year. While the process of preparing for the year is different in every school and district, here are some great tips to help you get your year off to a good start: [click to continue…]
Health and well-being is one of the most critical aspects of the educational system. Children who have regular access to healthcare have the ability to perform better in school and a greater chance at success in life. In many cases, that access to healthcare begins with their school nurse. For the past several years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made the recommendation that schools with a typical student body carry a nursing staff to student ratio of 1:750, while those facilities which serve students with more intense medical needs have a ratio of 1:225. [click to continue…]