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    Pamela Palmer MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CSN
    Phone 512-943-5181   Fax 512-943-5189
    palmerp@georgetownisd.org

     

    Wow! The summer really flew by and I am so excited to be returning to Ford Elementary as the 2015-2016 school nurse.  I want to take this opportunity to highlight a few important Georgetown ISD policies regarding illness and medication.
     
    Medication

     

    Medication Administration: A request for medication form is on my website.

    ·         Medications administered at school require written parent request and a physician order, this includes over the counter medication.  A faxed order is acceptable.

    ·         Prescription and over the counter medication must be in the original container.

    ·         Prescription medications require a current and accurate prescription label.  Pharmacies will provide you will provide you with a labeled bottle for school if you request it.

    ·         Medication must be delivered to the nurse by the parent and will be kept in the clinic.  This includes emergency medication.

    ·         Students are allowed to self-administer emergency medications like rescue inhalers, epi-pens, and/or diabetes treatment ONLY if there is:

    o   Written permission from the physician the student my self-medicate, and Individual Health Care Plan is on file in the school health clinic.

    o   The nurse has counseled with the student and parent to determine competency of the student and make realistic plans.

    o   The student complies with campus safety policy.

    ·         No district employee may administer herbal/dietary supplements unless prescribed by a physician, provided by the parent, and if required by the Individualized Education Program or 504 plan.  The rational for this policy is related to the fact that herbal/dietary supplements are not FDA approved.
     
    Illness
     

    Illness:  When to keep your child home – Additional information on my website

    ·         Students must be fever free, less than 100 degrees, for 24 hours without fever reducing medication (ibuprofen/Tylenol) before returning to school.

    ·         Students vomiting 2 or more times in a 24 hour period unless released by physician that the cause of vomiting is not infectious and the child is in no danger of dehydration.

    ·         Diarrhea or stools with blood or mucus

    ·         Mouth sores and drooling until a physician or the health authority does not feel the condition is infectious.

    ·         Fever or rash or change in behavior until a physician has determined that the problem is not caused by an infectious disease.
     
    First Aid
     

    In an effort to reduce potential expose to illness and unnecessary time out of the classroom I have provided teachers with the following resource and a first aid bag. 

    Guidelines for Appropriate Nurse Referrals

    PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO SEND A STUDENT TO THE NURSE IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF THE NEED FOR A NURSE ASSESSMENT

    The following guidelines are basic first aid tasks that do not require nursing assessment and are designed to assist you with determining the appropriateness of referring a student to the nurse.  Inappropriate referrals to the clinic increase risk of a healthy student being exposed to a student that is ill and remove them from the classroom unnecessarily.

    ·         Paper cuts – wash with soap and water or antiseptic wipe, bandaid if needed.

    ·         Old scratches, insect bites/stings, or wounds unless they appear infected (inflamed, drainage, red)

    ·         Old scabs that are bleeding - – wash with soap and water or antiseptic wipe and bandaid.

    ·         Hang nails – apply fingertip bandaid to protect.

    ·         Rug burns – wash with soap and water or antiseptic wipe.

    ·         Loose baby teeth – encourage student to wiggle with tongue and put it in a tooth box (in the first aid kit) when it falls out.

    ·         Superficial scrapes and scratches - wash with soap and water or antiseptic wipe, bandaid if needed.

    ·         Blisters - wash with soap and water or antiseptic wipe, bandaid.

    ·         Chapped lips – apply Vaseline with a q-tip from the first aid bag.

    ·         Old injuries that parents are aware of unless there is a change in status – increased swelling or pain.

    ·         Splinters deep under the skin - wash with soap and water or antiseptic wipe, bandaid if needed.

    ·         Vague complaints unless the student feels feverish.

    ·         Please avoid sending more than one student at a time unless it is an emergency or the student requires a buddy.
     
    Please call or email me if you have any questions or concerns
     

     

Last Modified on August 2, 2015