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Mindy Petty, RN, BSN
Phone 512-943-5041   Fax 512-943-5049

 

Wow!  This school year flew by and I am so excited to be returning to Tippit Middle School as the 2016-2017 school nurse.  I wanted 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
 

I would also like to share with you a resource I provided for teachers along with a first aid bag that contains bandaids, antiseptic wipes, tooth boxes, Vaseline for chapped lips, and gloves.

 

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
 

 

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