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by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
3d ago
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Can We Change This Narrative That Teachers Can’t Be Our Allies?
Your Favorite School Nurse Blog
by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
1w ago
I’ve been watching a lot of posts on social media about school nurses being annoyed when the teachers suggest things that may be wrong with a student or suggest what they think the student needs. The complaints of teachers feeling foreheads and sending a student to have their temperature checked, teachers noting that a student “looks sick”, teachers suggesting that so-and-so “needs ice” for an injury seem to throw some school nurses into a tailspin of upset that the teachers are “out of their lane”. I am the school nurse and my literal job is to be here checking temperatures and assessing ill ..read more
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Headaches
Your Favorite School Nurse Blog
by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
3w ago
Headaches: another enigma, maybe second to tummyaches. What causes them, and how do we manage them at school? Headaches are literally a pain in your head or face. More specifically, a headache is an activation of nociceptors (a sensory receptor for painful stimuli) in and around the layers of tissue of the brain. These nociceptors can be activated by many different stimuli including tension, increased blood flow, grinding teeth, poor sleep, nasal and sinus congestion and much more! Fun fact: your actual brain does not feel pain, the sensory receptors are only present in the meninges, not the ..read more
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Do You Use a Wood’s Lamp in Your Health Room?
Your Favorite School Nurse
by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
1M ago
I want to preface this post with the caveat that as registered nurses we are not able to diagnose any condition but we can perform our examination and give recommendations as to what we believe the issue might be. The students would always have to follow up with a doctor or nurse practitioner for diagnosis and treatment. A Wood’s Lamp is an ultraviolet light or “blacklight” that comes in many sizes and shapes and can be used to check for certain skin conditions, head lice, or corneal abrasion (which we would not be doing at school as that is a procedure to be performed by a doctor). The Wood ..read more
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Visit SADS.org for info about sudden arrhythmia death syndromes.
Your Favorite School Nurse
by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
1M ago
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What is Commotio Cordis and Why Should a School Nurse Be Worried?
Your Favorite School Nurse
by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
1M ago
I’m sure everyone has heard of the devastating event with Damar Hamlin at the Buffalo Bills vs Bengals game last night. Damar took what appeared to be a not super hard shoulder to the chest during a play as probably happens a million times during a million football games but this time one was way more serious because he went into cardiac arrest almost immediately, collapsing on the field. Because there are obviously trainers and medical personnel present, they identified cardiac arrest and began CPR almost immediately, also utilizing the AED and shocking him on the field. They were able to get ..read more
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Your Favorite School Nurse
by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
1M ago
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Tummyaches: When should I be concerned?
Your Favorite School Nurse
by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
1M ago
Tummyaches. Maybe one of our most common complaints and one of our biggest enigmas. Is every kid with a tummyache or an episode of throwing up sick? Short answer: no. Long answer: it depends on a lot of factors. Let’s discuss. Stomachaches can come from a number of issues (this is not an exhaustive list): Appendicitis Stomach virus Menstrual cramps Stress or anxiety Hunger Indigestion/reflux Known diagnoses such as Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, irritable bowel disease, feeding problems, or reflux to name a few. Constipation Urinary tract infection Strep throat Food allergies, sensitivities and ..read more
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All About Pinkeye
Your Favorite School Nurse
by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
1M ago
Pinkeye: how do we know when we need to react to real pinkeye and when we can leave it alone because it isn’t actually pinkeye? What even is “pinkeye”? Warning: there is a gross picture of an eye coming up for the ommetaphobics out there. To start, “pinkeye” is a blanket term used to describe all forms of conjunctivitis: an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva – the clear membrane that covers the eye and and also the inside of the upper and lower eyelids. It can be a viral infection, bacterial infection or allergic. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are very easily spread by physical ..read more
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An Open Letter to the Powers That Be… Send Help!
Your Favorite School Nurse
by Emme Mauer M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN
1M ago
School nurses are facing burnout like never before. In the aftermath of the Covid pandemic where healthcare workers went from mildly respected to “heroes” and now villains enforcing the rules, the school nurses have been overwhelmed and beaten down with heaps of expectations and very little help.  In addition to our regular jobs of managing students’ diverse health needs and chronic conditions, immunization compliance, day to day injuries and illness, helping students with their mental health, helping teachers with their mental health, clerical work that is expected to be done, and organi ..read more
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