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MIA by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I let a tearful second grader call home to get picked up. Her dad said he'd be on his way, so I sent her to her classroom to get her belongings. Soon after, the secretary a ... Read on »
Poison Control Center by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health It's becoming more rare that something brand new happens on this job. I've seen concussions, broken bones, stitch-requiring lacerations, etc. But I finally had the privileg ... Read on »
It Does a Body Good by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health A student that was in my office while waiting for a ride home watched me pack up my stuff to go home. I pulled my jar of pumped breastmilk out of the refrigerator in front o ... Read on »
Manic Monday by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health We were off for two weeks, although I can hardly say flying across the country with an almost nine month old just itching to crawl was a restful break. I was thrown back in ... Read on »
Lucky me by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I received notice from the public health department that a student had a lab confirmed case of pertussis the day before winter break starts. When we return from break, hopef ... Read on »
The games kids enjoy by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health My 6th grade redhead diabetic is a bashful little guy, but I have him talking far more now than he did back in August. He is on an insulin pump, and his mom packs his lunch. ... Read on »
Setting up shop by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health At one of my new school sites, there's a confiscated Razor scooter sitting parked against the wall. Months ago, a student came in to see me and asked whose it was. "Mine," I ... Read on »
Parenting. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health There's nothing that can prepare you for some aspects of parenting. One of those aspects would be the sinking feeling you get when you make an appointment with your child's ... Read on »
Cheaters by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I feel really smug about the fact that I caught someone cheating on their CPR test this week...Don't think you can pull a fast one on me! I teach Heartsaver CPR courses to s ... Read on »
It's December already. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I was going to write that I'm not really sure how this happened, but that's not the case. I know how it happened: I spent most of November getting sick, being sick, and then ... Read on »
Kids these days... by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health They can call 911 without you asking anyone to do so. I was just getting ready to pack up at my middle school and go teach a CPR class for the evening when the secretary to ... Read on »
Trick or treat! by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health One of my diabetics this year - of my five - is an intelligent and polite 8th grade girl. She seems to enjoy making small talk with me, and we chit chat a bit while we calcu ... Read on »
Whew. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I recently committed myself to being a school nurse at least a little bit longer, and then: the 2014-2015 school year has been continuing to happen. This has been the crazie ... Read on »
The grass probably isn't greener by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Warning: long post ahead. The school nurse position I have now was my first "real" job out of nursing school. I dabbled as a summer camp nurse before it, and someone that I ... Read on »
Get some Kleenex by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health A man called me at my elementary school early one morning: he is a single father, he explained, and his daughter had just started menstruating. Could I please check on her a ... Read on »
Exhibit A by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Exhibit A: Example of why we need full time health care staff at all school sites.  Friday was a minimum day at my middle school and I'd told one of my diabetics - Mr. Redh ... Read on »
Busybodies by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I received an email from a secretary several weeks ago at one of my elementary schools that a parent had called to report that a student - not her own - had lice. I archive ... Read on »
Crucial Conversations by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health If I may toot my own horn, which is essentially what this blog is a platform for doing, I had a really pleasant interaction with a parent this morning. She was upset because ... Read on »
Chaos, just chaos. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I feel like I've had no time this year, and I just ran the numbers: it might be because I have nearly 3000 students this year across four schools. Usually by the fourth week ... Read on »
Read. The. Bottle. by Erin R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Everyone makes mistakes. In the medical field, they tend to be less forgivable as we are tinkering with people's health, but still, mistakes happen. Yesterday afternoon I re ... Read on »