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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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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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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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