Student HealthInformation for Teachers & Staff
Meet The School Nurses
Christine Proctor RNSOTA for the past 12 years. Prior 18 years was spentprimarlyin hospital nursing, management, and then subsequently several years in Home care.JonellePiatt - School health AideSOTA for the past 9 yearsBA in Health Administration
The School Nurses Role
Provide Emergency Care as neededPlan for health related emergenciesProvide nursing assessment of health concernsEstablish care and medication regimens in order to keep children in the classroom – promotes student achievement and success
The School Nurses Role
Triage student healthconcernsAssess physical and emotionalissuesProvide Nursing Diagnosis – relates to thestudent’sresponse to a medicalconditionProvide primary healthcare tostudents--firstaid and chronic conditioncareCounsel students on health and emotional issues
School Nurses Role
Administer medication on a daily and as neededbasis per healthcare providers orders.Refer health issues to healthcare providers for further care and treatment asneededProvide health screenings – vision, hearing and scoliosis per stateregulationsMonitor health appraisals for mandates and sports participation
Signsand Symptoms of Common Health Issues at School
Theinformation in this presentation discusses common symptoms of health issues and should only be used for identification purposes and not as a substitute for nursing or medical care.Please use in consultation withtheschool nurse.
Important to all student health issues!
Students with emergent health concernsshould always be escorted to the Health Office,or superviseduntil the School Nurse oremergency care arrives.
Symptoms typical of anaphylaxis
Swelling of throat, lips, tongueDifficulty swallowing or breathingMetallic taste or itching in the mouthGeneralized flushing, itching, or redness of the skin (hives)
NauseaIncreased heart ratePalenessDecreased BPFeeling of weaknessAnxiety, sense of doomCollapseLoss of consciousness
For Allergic Reactions: THINKF. A. S. T.Face:itchiness, redness, swelling of face and tongueAirway:trouble breathing, swallowing or talkingStomach:pain, vomiting, diarrheaTotal Body:rash, itchiness, swelling, paleness, loss of consciousness
Signsand Symptoms of Asthma:Wheezing, Coughing, Difficulty Breathing and/or shortness of breathA Serious Asthma Episode may include:Breathlessness that may cause the student to speak in one-to-two word sentences or be unable to speak.The student may stop an activity and be unable to start again.The student’s neck muscles may tighten with each breath.Lips and nail beds may have a grayish or bluish color.Many students need to use their inhalers 15 – 30 minutes before physical education class to prevent asthma difficulties during periods of exercise.Do not deny a student’s request to come to the Health Office to use their inhaler.
HYPOGLYCEMIA (LOW BLOOD SUGAR)
Onset:SuddenSigns:Staggering, poor coordinationAnger, bad temperPale colorConfusion, disorientationSudden hungerSweatingEventual stupor or unconsciousnessCauses:Failureto eat before strenuous exerciseDelayed or missed meals or snacksTreatment:Contact Nurseif Available if not providesugar. If the person can swallow without choking, offer anyfood or drink containing sugar (no diet drinks!).IF THE STUDENT DOESN’T FEEL BETTER IN 10-15 MINUTES,INITIATEEMERGENCY CARE
HYPERGLYCEMIA (HIGH BLOOD SUGAR)
Onset:GradualSigns:DrowsinessExtreme Thirst, Very frequent urinationFlushed skinVomiting, fruity or wine-like odor tobreathHeavybreathingEventual stupor or unconsciousnessCauses:Undiagnosed diabetesInsulin not takenStress, injury or illnessToo much food and/or drinkTreatment:Contact School Nurse if not presentPursueEmergencyCare
What to Do
Know when and how to call the school nurse!Access medical emergency care asneededDiscuss questions or concerns with the school nurseRespect student’s private health informationRelax and enjoy your students!
Influenza Viruses (aka Flu)
Children, elderly, immuno-compromised individuals and pregnant women are at the most risk from fluSchools are large group settings that can spread the flu quicklyDistrict Clinics are available to staff (see bulletin for dates/locations/times)We encourage all Staff and Students to get a flu shot
Can We Prevent Flu?
The best prevention is for staff/students to:wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezingUse alcohol based hand sanitizers to clean hands if soap and water are not availableCover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash after use (if no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your arm or sleeve—not your hand)
Per District Policy Field Trip Forms must be handed in to the nurse 7 days prior to the field trip. No exceptions!!!Student Emergency Care Plans need to be taken on the trip.The School Nurse will pack meds as needed
With your help
We can keep our students safe and healthy and ready for learning each and every day.I look forward to a safe and healthy school year!