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School Nurses and Food Allergies

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Food allergies are a reality in schools across the country. There are more individuals in schools today who have a food allergy. While some may not be severe, others may be life-threatening. These individuals may need a lifesaving epinephrine injection given to them immediately. What happens if a school nurse is not in the building? This is something which administrators, school nurses, and teachers must be aware of. They need to check into the law and who is allowed to give a child a dose of epinephrine if an emergency arises and the school nurse is not there.

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Sunscreen to be Allowed in School without Doctor’s Note

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We want children to be outside and enjoy sunshine when the weather permits. It is crucial for them to get some movement into the school day when they often sit for hours at a table or desk. There is a concern for some students and parents without outside time: exposure to the sun and potential sunburn. While some may not think about this, others do, because children are sensitive to the sun and have come home with sunburns after 30 minutes of recess.

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The Importance of Diabetes Training for School Nurses

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When a parent sends their child to school, they assume that a school nurse will help their son or daughter if they are hurt or ill. This is usually true for most children with typical medical needs. What happens when a parent must send their newly diagnosed child with Type 1 diabetes to school? Many families will be anxious because they are still unsure about how to regulate their child’s needs. Not all school nurses have been specifically trained in Type 1 diabetes care.

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Opioid Abuse and Using Schools as First Defense

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There is an opioid epidemic in the United States. What many may not realize is that it is trickling down to students in our schools. The fact is that opioids are not hard for teens to get their hands on. Many students are introduced to them when they have an injury and are given a narcotic pain reliever to help with their recovery. As states are dealing with the growing problem, many are focused on utilizing schools as the first line of defense in this growing problem.

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School Nurses and Dispensing Over-the-Counter Medication

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The role of the school nurse continues to change all of the time. If a child comes into your office with a bug bite that itches, what do you do? Your answer will depend on the state which you live in and the laws that may limit you. In some states, you may simply wipe the bite with alcohol and give them a bandage to stop them from itching. Without a doctor’s note and parent permission, no over-the-counter medications may be dispensed during the school day. In other states, the nurse would be able to give an over-the-counter cortisone cream if a parent allows it. In Colorado, a new bill is trying to allow school nurses to train other individuals to properly dispense over-the-counter medication when needed and approved by families at home.

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