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Kathleen Klein, Michelle Wheeler, Catherine F Yonkaitis
Transition planning is mandated for students who receive special education services; however, it is not required for students with chronic conditions. Students with chronic conditions nearing graduation would benefit from more intensive attention to their post-high school self-care needs and responsibilities. Students with type 1 diabetes must be able to understand the necessary self-care of one of the most complicated and intensive chronic conditions yet there are no evidence-based strategies for how to help students transition from the support provided at school to independence at graduation...
September 18, 2018: NASN School Nurse
Christy Weaver, Karen Rogers, Michael Gomez, Richard Gilder, Patricia S Yoder-Wise
The number of children diagnosed with mental and behavioral health issues is increasing each year. Early identification and intervention for these issues are vital to improving long-term outcomes. School nurses are among the frontline healthcare providers for school-age children, screening and coordinating care for multiple physical and mental health conditions. This article describes the implementation of a national mental health online training program at a local district. Outcomes of the implementation project and implications for school nurses are discussed...
September 15, 2018: NASN School Nurse
Ellen M McCabe, Cynthia Connolly
Nurses are familiar with policy at the federal, state, local, and institutional levels, but drafting a policy memo might be new to some. School nurses may have an interest in writing a health policy memo on their own, with colleagues, as part of a nursing organization, or with students who are interested in learning about policy development, school health, and safety. The intention of writing a policy memo is to offer a concisely written analysis of an issue, including background, landscape, and available options, along with recommendations for action to persons in authority, such as congressmen, senators, local officials, or school boards...
September 15, 2018: NASN School Nurse
Kenneth J Friedman, Beth Mattey, Faith Newton
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a chronic illness that is defined and diagnosed by its symptoms: extreme fatigue made worse by physical and mental activity, pain and decreased mental stamina, among others. A long-held, erroneous belief that ME/CFS is not a physiological illness has persisted among some clinicians, leading to the denial of a patient's physical illness and attributing the symptoms to other causes. The debilitating effects of ME/CFS in the pediatric population can affect all aspects of academic, social, emotional, and physical development...
September 15, 2018: NASN School Nurse
Timothy Gay, Robert P Olympia
Occasionally, students present with chest pain in the school setting. Therefore, it is important to develop a differential diagnosis for chest pain, to initiate stabilization of the student with life-threatening symptoms, and to triage these students to an appropriate level of care (back to the classroom, home with their guardian with follow up at their primary healthcare provider's office, or directly to the closest emergency department via emergency medical services). This article describes the initial assessment and management of a student presenting with chest pain...
August 3, 2018: NASN School Nurse
Sally J Immerfall, Marizen R Ramirez
School-age children experience trauma at alarming rates. Children's ability to attend, concentrate, and participate in the educational process can be adversely impacted by trauma. How can school staff, especially school nurses, best listen, support, and encourage a student with trauma in their lives? Link for Schools is an evidence-informed intervention program that provides information and training for school staff. Link provides tools for listening or responding to a traumatized student with a focus on the principles of trauma-informed care, psychological first aid, and elements of motivational interviewing...
July 1, 2018: NASN School Nurse
Jean Kaeberle
Epilepsy disorders are the most common treatable neurological disorders in childhood. Diagnosis and treatment of these disorders has improved over time. Children with epilepsy/seizure disorder are more likely to have or develop mental health and developmental comorbidities such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, and developmental delay compared to children without epilepsy/seizure disorder. If seizures can be controlled, quality of life will improve. This article will review the current medical treatment for seizures and epilepsy, including medications, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), dietary modifications, and surgical intervention...
July 1, 2018: NASN School Nurse
Erin D Maughan, Elizabeth Liz Zeno
As part of the "data and school-nursing" articles series, we will include an accompanying interview with practicing school nurses regarding the same topic and how it applies to the real life of school nurses. Our hope is that the practical application found in the interviews will provide readers with an increased understanding that will assist them on their own data journey.
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
Jeanne Kiefner, Robin Cogan, Sharon M Conway
The July 2018 issue of the NASN School Nurse, featured the first in a series of articles exploring the history, examining the present, and visioning the future of our organization in celebration of NASN's 50th anniversary. Part 2 of our historical account reflects on the leadership of a new generation of clinicians, reviewing the major emphases and accomplishments of NASN presidents serving from 1993 to today.
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
Erin D Maughan, Kathleen H Johnson, Martha Dewey Bergren
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is launching a new data initiative: National School Health Data Set: Every Student Counts! This article describes the vision of the initiative, as well as what school nurses can do to advance a data-driven school health culture. This is the first article in a data and school nursing series for the 2018-2019 school year. For more information on NASN's initiative and to learn how school nurses can join the data revolution, go to
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
Nina Fekaris, Melissa Walker
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September 2018: NASN School Nurse
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September 2018: NASN School Nurse
P Kay Nottingham Chaplin, Kira Baldonado, Susan Cotter, Bruce Moore, Geoffrey E Bradford
Current evidence-based and best practice vision screening and eye health approaches, tools, and procedures are the result of revised national guidelines in the past 3 years and advances in research during the past 18 years. To help the busy school nurse with little time to keep up with changes in children's vision practices and a growing body of literature, the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is providing answers to five questions that are often received from the field...
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
Perry A Zirkel
This article summarizes the facts and rulings of a recent, representative federal court decision concerning the legal claims of a school nurse who had engaged in advocacy for student safety, with particular attention to a student with insulin-dependent diabetes who committed suicide. The discussion of the court's rulings for the school nurse's various legal claims identifies the difference between ethical interpretation in terms of prevailing perceptions among school nurses and legal protection in terms of the current state of the case law specific to such advocacy...
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
Constance E McIntosh, Jessica Gundlach, Pamela Brelage, Storey Snyder
School nurses are essential healthcare providers to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In providing this care, school nurses may need to accommodate the unique challenges that children with ASD may face, including but not limited to sensory sensitivities, communicative and social difficulties, difficulties remembering event sequencing and directions, and poor time management skills. The aim of this article is to provide school nurses and healthcare providers evidence-based interventions and strategies that they may use to increase the compliance of hygiene behaviors and routines for children with ASD...
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
Sandra Moritz, Sally Schoessler
Laws have been passed across the United States to either allow or mandate the use of stock epinephrine in the school setting. The challenge remains for our schools to fully implement the use of this life-saving medication. Barriers to implementation exist, but quality tools are available to support the school nurse.
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
Charles R Davis, Erik J Lynch
There is a significant disparity in roles, responsibilities, education, training, and expertise between the school nurse and building administrator. Because of this disparity, a natural chasm must be bridged to optimize student health, safety, well-being, and achievement in the classroom while meeting the individual needs of both professionals. This article constructs and presents a new school nurse-building administrator relationship model, the foundation of which is formed from the pioneering and seminal work on high-performance professional relationships and outcomes of Lewin and Drucker...
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
Janis Hogan
Nationally, many adolescents remain at risk for unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. School nurses can be leaders and change agents in their schools. This article shares the journey of a school nurse in Maine, who used evidence-based data to develop support from administration and key stakeholders to successfully advocate for a needed policy change. That support and advocacy led to a new "Safer Sex" policy.
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
Elizabeth Barnby, Mark Reynolds
After a decade of decreases in the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, in the late 1980s the incidence began to increase. Four vaccine preventable diseases, including pertussis, caused major epidemics, and children were the most vulnerable during these outbreaks. Due to waning immunity, genomic changes, and inadequate herd immunity in adults, infants and children are at risk for contracting pertussis. Pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease. Pertussis is difficult to diagnose early because the presentation is similar to common problems such as bronchitis or upper respiratory infections...
September 2018: NASN School Nurse
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July 2018: NASN School Nurse
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