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Nurse's Corner

Karen P. Nesi RN, BSN, NJ-CSN
732-723-2200 ext. 3040
knesi@spsd.us
FAQ'S

My child needs to take medication during the school day. Can the school nurse administer the medication?

If your child requires medication during the school day, the school nurse will administer the medication if the following requirements are met:

  • Written parent permission for the administration of the medication at school.
  • A legal order from a physician or nurse practitioner, detailing the diagnosis or type of illness being treated, the name of the medication, dosage, time of administration, and side effects.
  • Medication is brought to the school health office in the original prescription-labeled container by an adult.

All medications will be kept in the school health office in a locked cabinet.

Please see form section for appropriate forms.

 

May my child carry his/his/her own medication?

Only students with self-administration orders on file are allowed to have medication in their possession. Self-administration of medication is granted to students only when the physician and parent/guardian have completed and returned a signed authorization form.

 

What happens to my child’s medications at the end of the school year?

All medications need to be picked up by an adult by the last day of school.  School policy states that any medications left after that time will be destroyed.

*Please note that at the beginning of each school year new medication forms need to be filled out by parents/physician and new medication will need to be provided.

 

What health office forms are required for my child to enter the school district?

If your child is entering the school district for the first time (regardless of what grade) or transferring from another school district, it is required that a Physical Examination Form be filled out prior to entering school.  Please note that all immunization must be up-to-date as well.

Once the Physical Examination Form is received, it is recommended (not mandated) that your child receive yearly physician examinations and the health office be provided with an updated form.

Please see form section for appropriate forms.

 

My child has been sick. How do I know if he/she can return to school?

If your child has any of the following symptoms, please consider his/his/her health and the health of other students in your decision to keep your child home from school.

  • A temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher.
  • A cough that is associated with wheezing, or constant cough that interferes with his/his/her ability or the ability of others to concentrate and perform while in school.
  • A constantly runny nose, especially in a child who cannot wipe or blow his/his/her nose effectively.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. A child should remain home until he/she can tolerate normal meals without nausea, vomiting or diarrhea and be free of symptoms for 24 hours (without medication)
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis (pinkeye) with discharge from one or both eyes. Children must be kept home until appropriate therapy has begun and eyes are free of crusting, weeping or discharge.
  • Children diagnosed with strep throat should remain home until they have been on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours and have also been fever-free for that period of time.
  • A child with a suspected contagious skin rash (i.e. chicken pox, impetigo, etc.) should be kept home until it can be determined that the rash is not contagious.

What are some healthy habits for my child?

Health Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics

Provides useful and up-to-date information for parents/guardians concerning physical, mental, and social health issues from infancy through young adulthood.  An important resource for parents/guardians who may have questions about specific health, social, or developmental concerns.

http://www.aap.org


Centers for Disease Control

Gives health and safety information for the purpose of achieving improvement in people's wellbeing.  This site provides current information on almost any health and safety topic as well as publications and products.

http://www.cdc.gov


MyPlate

USDA's new 2010 dietary and exercise guidelines for healthy living.  Has fun tools for tracking dietary intake and exercise progress. MyPlate has replaced the MyPyramid program.

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/


National Institutes of Health

A medical research agency whose purpose is to improve health and save lives.  There are 27 institutes and centers which make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and provide helpful information and fact sheets concerning medical conditions and achieving optimal health.

http://www.nih.gov


Healthy People 2020

Provides a comprehensive set of guidelines for disease prevention and health promotion.  Covers a wide range of health topics.

http://www.healthypeople.gov


We Can!

A national program that offers information for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight through activity and good food choices.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan


RXList: The Internet Drug Index

Information about drugs.  Search can be done by brand or generic names.  Gives description, pharmacology information, reasons for use, and warnings about side effects and drug interactions.

http://www.rxlist.com


American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the leading nonprofit organization for diabetes in the US.  Provides information for parents/guardians, students, and healthcare professionals. A great resource for all your diabetic questions.

http://www.diabetes.org


American Heart Association

A resource to learn about cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and prevention.  Has a specific section on children's health.

http://www.americanheart.org


The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Makes available information concerning allergies with special attention to food allergies.  Also provides information about managing food allergies in childcare and school settings. Has separate teen and kid specific web sites.

http://www.foodallergy.org


Allergy and Asthma Network

This web site is designed to help people live with allergies and asthma.  There are specific sections on coping with allergies and asthma in the home, childcare, and school settings.  Provides useful information in regards to pets, play time, and shopping.

http://www.aanma.org

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