Healthy Schools Campaign Hosted the Inaugural Award
The School Nurse Leadership Award inaugural winners were announced on May 7th, 2014, National School Nurse Day.
According to Health Schools Campaign:
"The five winners and four honorable mentions selected from across the country represent school nurses who are blazing new trails in their field; reimagining the role that school nurses play in school health and wellness, students’ academic success and the health of the larger community. These exemplary individuals have made significant contributions in the following nurse leadership categories: state, policy, urban schools, rural schools, and innovative programs."
School Nurse Leadership Award nominees were evaluated according to criteria outlined by HSC’s successful School Nurse Leadership Training Program, which includes:
- Efforts to change school health policy
- Promoting evidence-based practices
- Working effectively with others
Final winners and honorable mentions were selected by a national panel of school health experts.
Winners receive a certificate of recognition, a $500 gift card to School Health catalog, and they will be featured in HSC’s blog and webinar series. Maico Diagnostics and School Health Corporation sponsored the award.
Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winners
Outstanding State Leader: Cheri Dotson, Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe, N.M. – Over her 31-year career as a school nurse, Cheri spent two terms as president of the New Mexico School Nurse Association and is the lead nurse for Santa Fe Public Schools. She is a wellness champion in her district, and she is part of a school nurse team collaborating with the University of New Mexico Hospital emergency medical staff to create a virtual school nurse behavioral health emergencies training module.
Outstanding Policy Leader: Katherine Park, Oak Brook Elementary School, Ballwin, Mo. – Katherine is a recognized expert on diabetes care and treatment within the Parkway School District and across the state of Missouri. She created a Diabetes Personnel Training toolkit that is used within her district and is being adopted in districts throughout the state to care for students with diabetes. She leads Parkway's Diabetes Personnel Training program and helped develop statewide diabetes personnel training standards.
Outstanding Urban School Leader: Kathleen Ryan, Lincoln High School, San Diego, Calif. – Kathleen understands the critical relationship between school health and students academic success. Serving in a low-income school, Kathleen garnered the necessary support to bring a school-based health center (SBHC) to her school to address students unmet health care needs. The SBHC opened in 2008, providing free primary and preventative care, health education and behavior health services to the school's 2,400 students. Today, the SBHC is a community hub that links students, parents and the school with community resources.
Outstanding Rural School Leader: Kelly Wagner, River Valley Local Schools, Marion, Ohio – As the only health professional in a four-school district, Kelly has championed the district's health team to improve school health and wellness. Her efforts have led to staff fitness classes, student running clubs and a stronger focus on healthy snacks and rewards for students. She has significantly improved the district's vision care program for students and collaborated with the local fire department to oversee CPR and AED training for school staff members.
Outstanding Innovative Program Leader: Kay Stukenborg, Kettering City Schools, Dayton, Ohio – Serving in a district where many children and their families rely on a "backpack program" that enables students to bring food home on Fridays so they won't go hungry over the weekend, Kay implemented a healthy and budget-friendly meal preparation class for students and parents. The class spawned a cookbook containing easy, healthy recipes for home-cooked meals, and a "Meals with Manners" class, teaching kids how to set the table, prepare balanced plates and use proper table manners.
Gena Byrd, Green County Schools, Snow Hill, N.C.
Deanna Dubay, Saginaw Intermediate School District, Saginaw, Mich.
Juanita Gryfinski, St. Charles Community School District 303, St. Charles, Ill.
Nick Herrick, Beechwood Schools, Fort Mitchell, Ken.
Pictured below: Juanita Gryfinski & Michael Marcus, Territory Manager at School Health
Be sure to follow the Healthy Schools Campaign Blog for award-winner case studies and for information about upcoming webinars highlighting their work.
June, 28th, 2014 - School Health attended the National Association of School Nurses 46th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. There were more than 1,200 attendees and speakers in attendance this year, and School Health was proud to sponsor the opening speaker, Taylor Mali. Mali started the conference off on a positive note with a modified version of his poem “What Teachers Make” and then spent some time in the School Health booth, meeting with attendees and signing autographs.
School Nurses also spent time in the booth seeing demonstrations of the latest in Vision Screening Equipment (EyeSpy 20/20 and the PediaVision Spot); speaking with our Vision Screening Expert Dr. P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin; and learning about the latest in Emergency Preparedness with Kathy Sullivan from LifeSecure.
On Friday, June 27th, Rob and Susan Rogers were presented with an award from the National Board for Certification of School Nurses. Nurses who are members of the School Health Advantage Rewards Program may use points accrued through the program towards certification.
Here is an excerpt from Rob’s acceptance speech…
“Most of you know School Health. When Susan’s grandfather started School Health Supply back in 1957, we were the first company to focus specifically on meeting the needs of school nurses.
What you may not know is that today, we offer not only health supplies, but also a comprehensive range of sports medicine products for athletic trainers; assistive technology solutions for special needs professionals - such as speech pathologists and occupational & physical therapists; and we have an initiative to support early childhood programs including Head Start.
We go beyond merely supplying products by also providing product support, training, advisory services and exceptional customer care. We are committed to supporting the health (physically, mentally and emotionally) of students so that everyone can learn and perform to the best of their abilities.
One of our corporate values is Dedication. I define dedication as being committed to and passionate about our customers’ profession. Allowing School Health Advantage Points to be used for NBCSN examination and recertification is one way we demonstrate our passion for your profession.
Another one of our values is Leadership. We want to be the leader in each market we serve. NBCSN demonstrates leadership by providing a rigorous, national credentialing process And School Nurses who achieve Certification show their desire to lead.
We are delighted by this award and sincerely appreciate the recognition.”
From left to right: Taylor Mali, Susan Rogers, Rob Rogers
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Vitamin B1 supplement (http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/vitamin-supplements/vitamin-b-1.htm) is safe and non-toxic. Studies have long indicated that the use of Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is a remedy for deterring mosquitoes and other flying insects. It is one of eight water-soluble vitamins. Research also found that excess B-1 is dissipated from the body, therefore overdose in not a factor. In fact, it's the overdose of the vitamin formula that makes the patch so effective.
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Congratulations to the Winners and Everyone who Participated!
Our judging panel truly appreciated the hard work that everyone put in to the creation of their videos. We hope that these videos will help bring awareness to the important role of the school nurse in our nation's schools.
The winners below will receive a School Health Gift Card for their school to be used for health supplies and equipment. We had originally planned to award 3 prizes for a total of $9,500 in gift cards. However, there were so many excellent videos that our judges decided to add additional Honorable Mention awards for a total of $14,500 in awards.
Additionally, all other entrants will receive a $75 gift card from School Health for their participation!
Grand Prize ($5,000)
"Petri Dish Elementary School"
Klein ISD in Spring, TX
Submitted by: Yvonne Clarke
Grand Prize Honorable Mention "Best Health Topic" ($2,500)
"Anaphylaxis is a serious, life threatening allergic reaction. Keeping students safe through proper health care is essential."
Submitted by: Lisa Rummel
Voting - 5000+ Votes ($2,500)
"Beebe Believes in School Nurses!"
Beebe Early Childhood in Beebe, AR
Submitted by: Amber Vanaman
Voting - 5000+ Votes ($2,500)
"Why Every Child Deserves a School Nurse-Nurse, Nurse, Baby"
Wise County Public Schools in Wise, VA
Submitted By: Joyce Addington
Honorable Mention - Best Song/Dance ($1,000)
"We Love Our Marbut School Nurse"
Marbut Elementary in Lithonia, GA
Submitted By: Catherine Howard
Honorable Mention - Best Parent Testimonials ($500)
“Only a few, of the million and one reasons, why Every Child Deserves a School Nurse.”
South Range Elementary School, Derry, NH
Submitted By: Susan Linehan
Honorable Mention - Best Performance of an Original Song ($500)
“Every Child Deserves a Happy School Nurse”
Western Heights Public Schools, Oklahoma City, OK
Submitted By: Angela Plasters
Honorable Mention -Cutest Video ($500)
"Every Child Deserves a School Nurse: Hardy Elementary"
Isle of Wight County Schools in Smithfield, VA
Submitted By: Elizabeth Denoncourt
Watch the rest of the "Every Child Deserves a School Nurse" Video Contest entires (each will receive a $75 School Health Gift Card):
Try This Fun and Easy Craft for School Nurse Day
Share using the Hashtag #SchoolNurseIsIn
This is a short and easy craft tutorial on how to create your own "The School Nurse is IN" and "School Nurse is OUT" sign for your Health Office at school (or kids can make one for their School Nurse as a gift!).
1. Print out the free printable graphics on 8.5 x 11 paper
Click to open pdf document to print (2 pages) >>
2. Color and decorate art
3. Place the 2 sheets together, blank sides facing each other
4. Laminate the sheets together
5. Punch a hole in the upper right and upper left-hand corners
6. Use a ribbon to hang the sign from
7. Hang outside your Health Office and flip to IN when you are available!
Share your completed project with us on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #SchoolNurseIsIn
Click to download the free printable>>
Happy School Nurse Day and enjoy your new IN/OUT sign from School Health.
Get In Touch with Breast Health – for Life!
By: Mary Ann Wasil
Breast Cancer Survivor, President, CEO & Founder, The Get In Touch Foundation
My daughters were just turning 12 and 13 years old in 2004 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. My son had just turned 10 and I was 39.
I had no family history of breast cancer and the lump I found on my left breast was not detected on a mammogram.
Breast self-exam saved my life.
My stage two diagnosis led to an aggressive protocol of dose-dense chemotherapy followed by a bi-lateral mastectomy, which led to the discovery of a malignancy in my right breast, as well.
I knew that my daughters, all three of my children, in fact, now faced a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer than I ever did.
I told my sweet daughters that it would be important for them as they got older and their bodies began to change to know what their normal, healthy breast tissue felt like. I told them to lay down so I could show them how to do a breast self-exam.
They opened their eyes wide and disclosed what I already knew to be true, “um, Mom, we don’t have any breasts.”
I told them that they would one day, and that they should be comfortable and familiar with the way their breasts would change all through their lives, that it was our responsibility to love ourselves enough to “get in touch” with our bodies – for life.
After teaching them how to do a BSE, moms of their friends asked if I would teach their daughters how, as well. Many had a family history of breast cancer and wanted their daughters to get into the habit of good breast health practice as early as possible.
I could not agree more.
After learning from our beloved School Nurse at my children’s elementary school that no formal program existed such as the one I was suggesting she incorporate into the “health, hygiene and menstruation” program at our school, I knew I would be the one to develop such a program.
I also knew the program should be delivered to schools through a non-profit organization so that it could be free to any school that wanted it.
The global educational breast health non-profit organization, The Get In Touch Foundation, was born.
We worked with an advisory board that included a School Nurse, a pediatrician, an oncologist, a breast surgeon, and an educator; we held focus groups with School Nurses and girls ages 8-18.
The Get In Touch Girls’ Program & Daisy Wheels were born.
The Daisy Wheel is an interactive tool specifically designed for girls in grades 5-12. It guides girls through the various steps or “petals” of a breast self-exam using language appropriate and interesting to their age group and helps remove the stigma and clinical feel from the practice. The goal of the program is to encourage girls to view regularly “Getting In Touch” with their bodies as a normal part of their life.
We launched our program on September 1, 2009, and as of today, it is being implemented in all 50 states and in 26 countries; 500,00 girls have received Daisy Wheels.
We launched a free Daisy Wheel app on the iTunes Store in June 2011 and to date, it has been downloaded in 80 countries.
Click here to visit the page on our website which provides free access to our online Daisy Wheel Instructional Video.
We have had nothing but positive feedback from students and School Nurses alike.
Our educational initiative is funded in part through individual school participation in “GIT Your Pink On!” Days, which raises awareness and funds to support the program. Students and faculty are asked to consider wearing pink on the third Friday in October (or any other date) and make a suggested donation of $1 to Get In Touch.
Each dollar donated makes a difference; our cost for each Daisy Wheel is approximately $2.00.
The mission of The Get In Touch Foundation and of School Health are similar…we work hard to ensure that our School Nurses and Health Educators have all the tools and resources they need to assist our young people to be as healthy as possible.
The Get In Touch Foundation is proud to call School Health a partner in our global educational breast health initiative.
We are grateful to School Health for having participated in our “GIT Your Pink On!” Day by inviting employees to wear pink and donate to The Get In Touch Foundation!
If you are a School Nurse and are interested in ordering free Daisy Wheels for your students, click here to learn more and place your order.
And don’t forget to do your BSE!
We would like to thank Tara Grall, LPC, RPT, a licensed professional counselor in the state of Mississippi and a registered play therapist specializing in young children for contributing information for our play therapy blog. She works as a counselor for The Ardent Center, Hoffman Estates, IL.
Trauma can impact our young, developing students in several ways causing them to act out at school in an effort to communicate their feelings. Teachers, school nurses, and administrators can become more familiar with trauma and understand how to help treat it with the guidance of a registered play therapist.
WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA IN YOUNG CHILDREN?
According to Tara Grall, LPC,RPT, symptoms of trauma in young children can take several forms. The most common include:
- Eating issues
- Nightmares during sleep
- Clingy/separation anxiety
- Irritable/difficult to soothe
- Developmental Regression
- Language delay
- Aggressive behavior
- Sexualized behavior
WHAT IS PLAY THERAPY?
Play therapy is most commonly used for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. Students meet with a registered play therapist who helps the children express their experiences and emotions through play.
Registered play therapists will use several different materials and activities in their play sessions with students. Most often small toys such as sand trays, dollhouses, puppets, kitchen and pretend cooking items are used.
WHY USE PLAY THERAPY FOR TRAUMATIZED STUDENTS?
Students can be exposed to trauma at an early age before they are able to verbally communicate effectively with their teachers, school nurses, and administrators. Playing is a natural behavior for children, incorporating it into therapy allows for the student to represent themselves on a smaller scale in situations they might be struggling in.
Are you interested in incorporating play therapy with your students? Teachers, school nurses, and administrators and can work closely with a registered play therapist to develop sessions for their students as they have training and licensure to ensure play therapy is as effective as possible.
School Health Corporation has several toys that can be used both therapeutically and educationally in your classroom- Check them out in our educational aid department on our website!
To read Tara's full article on play therapy go here: http://www.schoolhealth.com/signs-symptoms-of-trauma-in-young-children/
More information regarding play therapy is below in a video from The Association For Play Therapy.
February 6th, 2014
Our recent "Everyday Heroes" contest brought in 24 amazing and inspiring stories from around the country. It was a difficult decision, but our judges selected 3 stories that they felt stood out among the others. These stories showed preparedness, training, and quick thinking that resulted in a successful outcome.
If you have a story to share, you can enter our current "Everyday Heroes" contest (ends June 30th, 2014):
Congratulations to our winners, and to all of the entrants who saved a life!
"As a school nurse of 600 plus elementary students, I am very fortunate that all staff members on my campus are First Aid and CPR trained. It always helps to have an extra set of eyes and people that can help during an emergency. During one of our lunch periods we had a student that started to choke while eating her food. Our school secretary jump on to help to the student and performed the Heimlich maneuver. The student was able to dislodge the food item after first aid was administered. With out proper training to our staff who know what could have happened if the staff waited for me to enter into the cafeteria. I am very blessed to have a staff that cares about safety and health of our students just as much as I do. These are our children while they are away from their parents and we care for them just as if they were our own."
Mary Jane Cote
Lincoln, Rhode Island
"I have been a registered nurse for over 22 years and have been at my current position of child care health consultant for 9.5 years with The Children's Workshop. I have been teaching CPR and First Aid for the past 5 years and I always tell my students that infant/ child first aid for choking is so important as we have 19 centers with children ranging in age from 2 months to 13 years old. We did have an infant age 11 months choke recently on bread that had become lodged in the back of her throat. The bread was from a soft pizza crust and she had squirreled some away in her cheek while eating her lunch. Several minutes after our feeding time she showed obvious signs of distress and choking. One of our infant staff knew exactly what to do and successfully helped her. Other than being frightened she was perfectly fine. Thank you."
Paterson, New Jersey
"As a charter school, Community Charter School of Paterson is an independent public school governed by a 7-member Board of Trustees consisting of parents, community members, and representatives of New Jersey Community Development Corporation. Our small class sizes, dedicated teachers and administrators, and our commitment to student achievement make CCSP a special place. We also feature a strong focus on connection to the community and ensuring that everyone at CCSP is an advocate for our students and families. This morning, 11/7/13 Dr. Dolci, Vice Principal, performed the Heimlich maneuver when a 2nd grade student was choking on a piece of muffin. Miss Tiffany and Miss Waker were right at her side as they knew exactly what to do. I am so proud of our staff who are trained in First Aid. Student is doing fine. Thank you Dr. Dolci, you saved a life today!!!!!!"
Go to www.schoolhealth.com/everydayheroes to submit your own story.
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The 2013 Pink Glove Dance Competition, hosted by Medline, is designed to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer research. For the past few years, volunteer dancers wearing the famous Pink Gloves got together, choreographed videos set to select songs, to compete for the most votes.
This year, the Pink Glove Dance received 110 videos, in which more than 80,000 people participated! More than 500,000 votes were tallied among the videos, and to date, over 20 million people have viewed Pink Glove Dance videos.
This year, Medline asked participants to team up with at least one other organization to create a video. They were also asked to raise at least $2,000 for charity. Overall, teams raised and donated nearly $1,000,000 to breast cancer and cancer charities across the country.
To encourage schools to get involved with the Pink Glove Dance, School Health Corporation sponsored a special School Award to the top three entries with a participating school. The School Award recipients receive a School Health Gift Card and a charity donation to the charity of their choice. The School Health Gift Card can be used by the school to purchase health and medical supplies for their school.
1st Place: $500 School Health Gift Card / $500 Charity Donation
2nd Place: $375 School Health Gift Card / $375 Charity Donation
3rd Place: $250 School Health Gift Card / $250 Charity Donation
Congratulations to the following teams!
1st Place Overall / 1st Place School Award
Geisinger Health Systems
School Partners: Danville Area High School, Hughesville High School, Southern Columbia High School and Bloomsburg University
Charity Partner: American Cancer Society
3rd Place Overall / 2nd Place School Award
Mary Greeley Medical Center
School Partners: Iowa State and Ames High School
Charity Partner: Colleges Against Cancer
4th Most Votes and Honorable Mention for the Most People in a Video / 3rd Place School Award
Baptist Health Paducah
School Partners:McCracken County High School, Paducah Tilghman High School, Mayfield High School
Charity Partner: Kentucky Cancer Program’s Horses and Hope
A Quick Reference Guide to Choosing a Stethoscope and Aneroid Sphygmomanometer That is Right for You
About School Health Stethoscopes and Aneroid Sphygmomanometers
When designing our School Health Professional stethoscopes and aneroid sphygmomanometers, we made sure to create products that would provide the clinical accuracy and dependable quality needed for today’s school nurse professional – but at the lowest price. Knowing the key differences in our diagnostic products will help you choose the right stethoscopes and aneroid sphygmomanometers for your nursing needs.
School Health Stethoscopes At-A-Glance
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between a single head and dual head chestpiece?
A: A single head chestpiece has both the diaphragm and bell on one side and is ideal for basic assessment, including taking blood pressure. Pulses, breath sounds and some cardiac sounds should be clearly audible using a single head chestpiece.
A dual head chestpiece has the diaphragm on one side and the bell on the other, offering more versatility. The smaller bell side is used to listen to low-frequency lung sounds, while the larger flat side is used to hear higher-frequency heart sounds.
Q: What is the difference between single tubing versus double tubing?
A: Single tubing has one tube that runs from the chestpiece to the earpiece. Double tubing (Sprague Rappaport-Type) features two tubes for each ear which provides a higher acoustical quality.
School Health Sphygmomanometers At-A-Glance
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is the difference between a standard air valve and deluxe air valve?
A: The deluxe air release valve has a filter screen in the end valve for improved, more precise deflation control, and the standard does not.