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Back to School Checklist for School Nurses

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The role and responsibility of a school nurse keeps changing from year to year. Thanks to this, it is even more important to have a checklist of items to complete during the first weeks of the new school year. Being organized with a must do list will help when a potentially emergent situation crops up and you have to be flexible.

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Stop the Bleed Training for School Nurses

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It is hard to think about using more than typical medical intervention and knowledge as a school nurse. The reality is that many districts are starting to require a new training for their nurses. In the horrible event of a school shooting, lives may be saved with a special one-hour Stop the Bleed course.

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Health Insurance Costs Increase Need for School Nurses

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Life outside of school will almost always impact the way things go inside the building. If there is a traumatic event in the community, it will mean that many individuals have to change their daily schedules to work with students who are in need. This may mean a fire, death, weather event, or something else. The same is true for school nurses. Their roles within the school have dramatically changed over the last decade.  Depending on state laws, school nurses may be the healthcare provider who children see the most. With the growing cost of health insurance and co-pays, many families rely on school nurses more than ever.

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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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