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Mark Connelly, Jennifer Bickel, Tammie Wingert, Cindy Galemore
Migraine is a common health problem in youth that is ranked highest for disability among neurological conditions and is one of the leading reasons for school absences. Children with migraines frequently are seen by the school nurse for care, sometimes before ever being seen by another healthcare provider for evaluation and treatment. As such, school nurses have the unique opportunity to provide education and resources to children with migraines and their family. This article provides information on the Headache Action Plan Program for Youth (HAPPY), a project involving the provision of live and online migraine education and management resources to school nurses, children, families, and primary care providers in an effort to improve migraine recognition and care in the community...
August 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Patricia Beierwaltes, Sally Schoessler
Providing a safe environment for students at risk for anaphylaxis from a latex allergy requires care coordination and collaboration of all members of the school community. Strategies for allergy management include educating the school community, identifying potential exposure to latex, preparing to respond in an emergency, and creating a plan for the future. With the student at the center of sound planning, the school can provide a secure and healthy environment.
August 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Ivette Valenzuela-Yu
In the United States, the overall teen birth rate has been decreasing. In 1991, the teen birth rate was 61.8 births for every 1,000 teen females, but in 2014, the same overall rate decreased to 24.2 births for every 1,000 teen females. Unfortunately, this decrease has not reflected equally across all the races/ethnic groups. In 2014, the teen birth rate for Hispanics was 38 births per 1,000 teen females. The NASN is aware about the disparities on teen birth among racial/ethnical groups and has released a specific statement about the role of school nurses on the improvement of pregnancy outcomes...
June 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Charles R Davis
In comparison to other professional staff in an educational based setting, the registered professional school nurse has unique roles, responsibilities, education, training, and scope of practice. In carrying out this unique and specialized role, school nurses operate under a building administrator, the leader of the building and often the immediate supervisor of the school nurse. In addition, many school nurses in small districts are the only registered professional nurse employed by the school. The building administrator's leadership style not only sets the tone for the day-to-day operations in the school but also impacts the school nurse functioning and program implementation...
June 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Nina Fekaris
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July 2017: NASN School Nurse
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Johnson, K. H., Maughan, E., Bergren, M. D., Wolfe, L. C., Cole, M., & Watts, H. E. S. (2017). What's Up With Step Up!? Year 2! NASN, 32(2), 100-105. (DOI: 10.1177/1942602X17691808) In the March 2017 issue of NASN, the following abstract and keywords were not included in the manuscript. This has been updated in the online issue: Step Up & Be Counted! (Step Up!) is a joint initiative of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants (NASSNC). The aim of Step Up! is for all school nurses across the nation to collect and submit specific, uniform data points for all their students...
July 2017: NASN School Nurse
Tim Weesner
Skin infections are a common ailment that affect all students, with increased risk to those students participating in sport and specifically contact sports. The types of skin infections that students are likely to encounter are categorized into three types: (a) bacterial, (b) viral, and (c) fungal. All three types of infection can appear benign at onset but can grow into serious disease and illness if not correctly identified and treated in a timely manner. A strong prevention program should be in place at all schools with appropriate resources in place (human and financial) to carry out proper cleaning of facilities, on-site examination by the school nurse or athletic trainer, and sufficient education of coaches, athletes, parents and administrators...
July 2017: NASN School Nurse
Cynthia A Galemore
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act provides an impetus for school nurse organizations to advocate for student health and climate goals at the state level. Collaboration between state agencies and associations is a starting point for advocacy. Advocacy also includes legislative involvement. This article explores state advocacy and collaboration efforts among school nurse organizations over the past year identifying common themes, with a focus on Every Student Succeeds Act involvement, as well as listing unique activities by state...
July 2017: NASN School Nurse
Beth Mattey
This article describes the author's advocacy experience at a press briefing on Capitol Hill. At stake is the continuation of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program-funded health insurance to our most vulnerable children-those living in poverty and those with chronic health conditions. Current legislation proposes to impose block grants or per capita caps on federal funding for Medicaid and will put the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program at risk. Schools stand to lose over 4 billion dollars in reimbursement for services that students need to succeed in school...
July 2017: NASN School Nurse
Ellen F Johnsen, Katherine J Pohlman
School nursing practice establishes itself in the midst of both education and nursing philosophies, ethics, standards, laws, and regulations. Treading these two worlds is difficult at times and requires that a school nurse possess a strong foundational knowledge base, seek professional collaboration, and navigate conflicting professional demands in order to promote student and public safety. This article is Part 4 of a four-part series that recounts the inspiring story of a school nurse, Ellen Johnsen, who did just that back in the 1980s in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma...
July 2017: NASN School Nurse
Piper Largent
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July 2017: NASN School Nurse
Carol Ward, Darla Rebowe
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July 2017: NASN School Nurse
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July 2017: NASN School Nurse
Amber Wilburn
School districts are commonly adopting electronic storage systems, including electronic health records. Included in this adoption is a move toward cloud-based record storage systems to handle the increasing volumes of data. Deciding which system to adopt is especially difficult in times of tightening school district budgets. While there are several options to consider, including the outright purchase of a proprietary system or choosing one of a relatively new group of free programs, lead nurses must work to ensure that student information is protected and that any chosen system complies with privacy laws...
May 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Sharon Conley
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May 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Kathleen C Rose
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that the Tdap, HPV, and meningitis vaccines be administered to youth beginning between the ages of 11 and 12. The school nurse, knowledgeable about vaccine schedules and the rationale for the schedules, is in a unique position to advocate for all adolescent vaccines and their timely administration through addressing parent-guardian concerns and supporting other healthcare providers in completing the adolescent vaccines. This article reviews current recommendations for adolescent vaccinations and the actions needed to improve vaccination rates with a focus on Human Papillomavirus vaccine, the vaccine with the lowest completion rates among this age group...
May 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Kelly Patterson, Jodi Brady, Robert P Olympia
Although a student presenting with altered mental status due to substance use may occur infrequently in the school setting, it is of utmost importance to develop a differential diagnosis and to initiate stabilization of the student. This article describes the initial assessment and management of a student presenting with altered mental status, focusing on the differential diagnosis of altered mental status, on the varying presentations associated with common intoxications and ingestions, and on the screening tools available for the detection of depression and substance use...
May 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Robin Adair Shannon, Catherine Falusi Yonkaitis
This is the second of two articles outlining the professional school nurse's role in the special education process for students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004 mandates the special education process: identification, full and individual evaluation, eligibility determination, and development of the individual education program (IEP), including special education placement. Part 1 focused on the importance of the school nurse's role in student identification, response to intervention, and the full and individual evaluation...
May 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Elif Isik, Ismet S Isik
Asthma is a common chronic disease in children. Uncontrolled asthma is a significant contributor to school absenteeism, emergency room visits, and hospitalization, all of which can lead to low school performance, financial burdens, and emotional problems for children and their parents. Asthma in children restricts the activities of school-aged children, such as participating in before- and after-school activity and extracurricular activities such as sports. Uncontrolled asthma has the potential to impact a student's self-confidence and social interactions...
May 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
Tiffany Smith-Fromm, Robin A Evans-Agnew
One in five adolescents will experience a mental health event in their lifetime. If left untreated, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, and anorexia/bulimia can elevate the risk of dropping out of high school. As a key principle of 21st-century nursing practice, school nurses must provide leadership in educating school staff in identifying and responding to mental health issues in high school settings. This article describes the results of an online survey assessing secondary educators' knowledge of and experience with mental health issues in one school district...
May 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
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