Welcome to the Nurse’s Corner
About the Nurse: Nursing involves not only the act of bandaging a cut or scrape, or taking care of a common cold, stomach ache, or headache, but it also involves having an ear to listen to a student express their feelings about their concerns, while trusting the nurse with the most of their personal / medical needs that only a medical professional can understand and fulfill. The nurse has a plethora of experience which can nurture and cultivate each student. Experience includes psychiatric nursing, group therapy on anxiety, depression, and low self esteem just to name a few. The school nurse job involves continuous learning and constant sharing; both of which require devotion to academic excellence, a healthy and safe environment, experiential reality, and unrelenting giving of the heart. Spring is right around the corner.
The days get longer and warmer. Flowers start to bloom; the leaves return to trees. The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen. Trees, grasses, and weeds release the grains into the air to fertilize other plants which attacks our immune system and the allergic reaction began. Common symptoms are, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion. Secondly, spring brings a healthy mental state, please see below. First Read About Preventative Measures on how to combat an Allergic reaction to seasonal allergies:
Spring and Mental Health Benefits:
- Administration of anti-histamines such as Zyrtec and Benadryl.
- When returning home remove clothing and wash immediately to prevent the pollen allergen to enter the home.
- A salt water nasal saline flush is helpful for a runny nose and congestion. Also, a salt water gargle is helpful for an itchy throat and sneezing.
- Teachers should be aware of students that have seasonal allergies such as pollen. If the teacher has a student with seasonal allergies, please contact the school nurse for further instructions.
- Warmer temperatures are great for mental health.
- Taking walks in nature slows your heart rate, which makes you more relaxed.
- Spring has a great effect on your brain. A 2005 study from the University of Michigan linked that spending 30 minutes of sunlight decreases anxiety, sadness/depression, and better memory. This can be done by taking a 30 min walk and playing on the playground/recess.
Remember, many students rely on us for informational tidbits that will help keep them healthy and safe. Increasing hand-washing is always important in any situation because it stops the transfer of any germs or bacteria that are on your hands. An easy way to implement the importance of hand washing is to start with us, students follow by example.
Finally, a sign with steps to hand washing should be on every LC. in the bathrooms, and a first aid basket should be on every LC. Please send the clinic school nurse an email if these items are needed.
Denise Jalloh RN, BSN
KAA School Nurse