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Leslie Morgan
Adolescents are at higher risk for suicide attempts than other age groups. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death in the United States for ages 12 to 18; moreover, the risk of suicide is significantly higher for adoptive teens. In fact, adoptive teenagers have a four times higher rate of suicide attempts than biological children, perhaps due to the underlying nature of adoption, which can involve a pervasive sense of grief and loss for the adoptee. Unresolved anger and sadness from feelings of abandonment-especially when transitioning to adolescence-can cause a seemingly functional child to dissociate through self-harm and eventually demonstrate suicidal behavior...
October 13, 2016: NASN School Nurse
Li Yan Wang, Mary Jane O'Brien, Erin Maughan
This paper describes a user-friendly, Excel spreadsheet model and two data collection instruments constructed by the authors to help states and districts perform cost-benefit analyses of school nursing services delivered by full-time school nurses. Prior to applying the model, states or districts need to collect data using two forms: "Daily Nurse Data Collection Form" and the "Teacher Survey." The former is used to record daily nursing activities, including number of student health encounters, number of medications administered, number of student early dismissals, and number of medical procedures performed...
September 13, 2016: NASN School Nurse
Sally Schoessler, Cynthia A Galemore
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September 6, 2016: NASN School Nurse
Kelley Miller Wilson
Though it is known that a minority of bully coaches exist, statistics regarding the actual prevalence of bully coaches in high schools are not well researched. School nurses may be placed in a consultative role with student athletes and their family members. Resource availability and suggestions for a plan of action are important for the school nurse. Support and encouragement for student athletes is critical for the development of positive mental health for young adults; therefore, families, peers, school personnel, and school nurses must all work together to produce positive sports experiences for high school age students...
September 6, 2016: NASN School Nurse
Robert P Olympia
Head trauma is a common chief complaint encountered by school nurses. This article describes the initial assessment and management of head trauma in children and adolescents, delineates reasons that may prompt the school nurse to transfer a student to a local emergency department, and discusses the role of the school nurse when a student is diagnosed with a concussion.
August 30, 2016: NASN School Nurse
Michael Corjulo, Sally Schoessler
School nurses care for students with asthma on a daily basis, but what happens when the asthma medication is administered and symptoms persist? As a part of care coordination, the school nurse provides ongoing assessment and care for students with asthma. When symptoms persist despite treatment, school nurses need to consider other issues such as Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD). The purpose of this article is to highlight the similarities and differences in the pathophysiology and treatment of both asthma and VCD...
August 2, 2016: NASN School Nurse
Lisa Blackmon-Jones
The purpose of this article is to share the findings of implementing a standardized, blended approach to school nurse orientation. This includes using classroom training, mentor/supervisory support, and skills labs to assure specific competencies that are needed for new nurses to successfully transition into this independent setting. This includes a description of the specialized skills and knowledge that are needed to successfully transition into this nursing specialty. School nurses are caring for more complex students...
August 1, 2016: NASN School Nurse
Dian Baker, Lori Anderson, Jody Johnson
In 2016 the National Association of School Nurses released an updated framework for school nurse practice. One highlight of the new framework is 21st century care coordination. That is, moving beyond basic case management to a systems-level approach for delivery of school health services. The framework broadly applies the term care coordination to include direct care and communication across systems. School nurses are often engaged in efforts to create school health care homes that serve as an axis of coordination for students and families between primary care offices and the schools...
August 1, 2016: NASN School Nurse
Joris Van Ouytsel, Michel Walrave, Koen Ponnet, Jeff R Temple
A substantial amount of U.S. teenagers experience physical or sexual abuse within their romantic relationship. With recent technological advances, teenage dating violence can also be perpetrated digitally by harassing or controlling a romantic partner through the Internet or mobile phone. School nurses are naturally positioned to act as first responders for victims of an abusive romantic relationship. As online and offline forms of dating violence are often intertwined, it is imperative that school nurses are able to identify different types of digital dating violence as this could signal the presence of offline forms of dating abuse...
August 1, 2016: NASN School Nurse
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September 2016: NASN School Nurse
Martha Dewey Bergren, Erin D Maughan, Linda C Wolfe, Marjorie Cole, Kathleen H Johnson, H Estelle S Watts
There is a significant gap in meaningful school health data in the current national education and health data sets. Current data sets do not sufficiently capture the number and credentials of school health providers, the health of students who receive care at school, or the outcomes of school nurse interventions. Since 2014, school nurses across the United States have embraced Step Up and Be Counted!: A National Standardized School Nurse Data Set. The goal of Step Up is to collect school nurse data in a standardized, uniform format...
September 2016: NASN School Nurse
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September 2016: NASN School Nurse
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September 2016: NASN School Nurse
Erin D Maughan, Cynthia Galemore, Beth Mattey
NASN's 48th Annual School Nurse Conference-Learning, Linking, Leading-included the first ever innovation relay contest. The relay was based on a design developed by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's Innovation Relay. Participation included 43 contestants from 16 states and one foreign country. Teams were given 24 hours to develop a solution. This article describes the process utilized, the problem introduced, and a brief synopsis of each team's solution. The ongoing purpose of the exercise is to encourage innovation by school nurses as they experience student health-related barriers in the academic setting...
September 2016: NASN School Nurse
Janet B Wright
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September 2016: NASN School Nurse
Beth Mattey
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September 2016: NASN School Nurse
Kathleen Rose, Monica Martin Goble, Stuart Berger, Ron Courson, Gwen Fosse, Randall Gillary, Joe Halowich, Julia H Indik, Madeleine Konig, Martha Lopez-Anderson, M Kathleen Murphy, Mary M Newman, Jeff Ranous, Comilla Sasson, Howard Taras, Allison Thompson
A sudden cardiac arrest in school or at a school event is potentially devastating to families and communities. An appropriate response to such an event-as promoted by developing, implementing, and practicing a cardiac emergency response plan (CERP)-can increase survival rates. Understanding that a trained lay-responder team within the school can make a difference in the crucial minutes between the time when the victim collapses and when emergency medical services arrive empowers school staff and can save lives...
September 2016: NASN School Nurse
Catherine Brown
Advances in technology continue to improve quality of life for people with diabetes and enhance their ability to perform diabetes self-management activities. Both insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are increasingly more popular among students with diabetes. This article will provide school nurses an overview of how insulin pumps and CGMs operate and the implications of their use in the school setting.
September 2016: NASN School Nurse
Cheryl Resha
The shortage of school nurses, school nurses covering multiple buildings, and the expanded role of the school nurse has called for innovative ideas to meet the growing health care needs of youth. Partnering with local schools of nursing may be a welcomed strategy. This brief article will share the benefits of hosting student nurses as well as identify ways to begin these partnerships.
September 2016: NASN School Nurse
Randi Winston-Gerson, Diane L Sabo
The school nurse is the key figure in successful school screening programs. A student with unidentified and unmet health care needs is unlikely to perform at their full potential, both academically and socially. The purpose of the article is to serve as a resource, providing guidance, strategies, and a discussion of available equipment to assist with successful screening programs.
September 2016: NASN School Nurse
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