It’s that time of year again. Our Facebook feeds are filled with iPhone pictures of kids holding their “First Day of School” signs, wearing their not-yet-scuffed shoes, sporting that cool new backpack, excited – if maybe a bit nervous – to find out what the coming year will bring. And in that same social media realm, parents are exchanging the, “We made it!” humorous posts about how glad we are to have the kids back in school, tinged also with a little bittersweet sadness over the end of summer and the ever-increasing speed with which the time seems to pass while raising kids.Read More
When you have a child in school with any kind of health concerns, there’s one person with whom parents should make an extra effort to build a relationship: the school nurse. School nurses are the first line of defense for managing health issues, both chronic and immediate, at school, and cooperative relationships with these important healthcare providers are essential aspects of a cohesive health care plan. Unfortunately, many schools and districts are doing away with school nurses, citing budget cuts, and that often creates situations in which EMTs have to respond to student needs when the school nurse would have been able to provide appropriate (and faster) care. It’s a complex situation at best, so we sat down with Las Vegas, NV-based school nurse, Keri Mossel, RN, MSN, and asked her about the ins and outs of school nursing. Here’s what she had to say.