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Student First Aid News

A Day in the Life of School Nurse Jennifer Tuttle

Posted by Michael Boltman on

Jennifer Tuttle is the School Nurse at North Newton and ACT/South Newton Elementary Schools in North Carolina. For more than 12 years, Jennifer has been providing care to students and staff members. She’s proof that school nursing is just as demanding as other nursing environments. Thinking back to when you started 12 years ago, is being a school nurse what you expected? I didn’t know a lot about school nursing when I started, as there weren’t that many school nurses in this area. I was the very last interview for the job and was fortunate to be offered this incredible...

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A Day in the life of School Nurse Amy Widderich

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Amy Widderich is the school nurse at Grove Park Elementary School in Burlington, North Carolina. Her days are filled with constant care; taking temperatures, walking queasy students from classrooms and helping others deal with anxiety. How do you start your day? I get to school early so I can catch up on my emails, check for faxes, get myself organised and greet the kids. I have a couple of students who come in and take daily meds, and then the flow of kids off the bus starts. How many schools do you look after? Grove Park is the only school...

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A Day in the Life of School Nurse Mary Shields

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Mary Shields is a fourth-year University of Virginia nursing student. Every Thursday she helps the School Nurse at Moss Nuckols Elementary look after a near-constant stream of children with coughs, upsets stomach and headaches. What tasks do you undertake day-to-day? Temperature-taking, examining head bumps, controlling nosebleeds and lots of hand washing! What are some of the more serious tasks you deal with? We deal with medications, including Ritalin, insulin injections, digestive enzymes, all of which are dispensed by the school’s nurse, Tabitha Smith. We also deal with blood sugar checks and care for chronic conditions, like diabetes and haemophilia. Can...

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Cranbourne East Secondary College taking action against students who are at risk of ‘slipping through the cracks’

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Cranbourne East Secondary College has been recognised for its excellence in aiding students who are at risk of ‘slipping through the cracks’. The wellbeing team, including leader Debbie Edwards, social worker Hayley Williams, students counsellors Jacqueline Binns and Harlin Gandhok, and health promotion nurse Anna Syposs, created two programs called Lift Off and 7UP to combat such issues. The Lift Off program is aimed at students who have been missing school due to social or mental health reasons. It teaches Year 9-equivalent subjects such as Literacy, Numeracy and Humanities. Students work at their own pace and lessons are individually catered...

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School Nurse Overheard – Tummy ache?

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Student: I won’t be feeling well after lunch. School Nurse: Oh? Do you have a tummy ache? Student: No, just Maths. Have you had a humorous conversation with a student that you’d like to share with other School Nurses? A funny discussion with a student that had you smiling? Please email help@studentfirstaid.com.au

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