Health



 
Sandi Delack named Nurse of the Year by Rhode Island Monthly
 
What do you do on a day-to-day basis? I’m a health services coordinator for the district so I coordinate the other nurses that I work with and keep things flowing and consistent. I’m also a school nurse. I care for five students with type one diabetes, I deal with gym injuries, general illnesses…. It’s like an emergency room where you never know what’s going to come through the door. But I usually see about sixty kids a day.

How has the role of a school nurse changed since you first entered the profession? I’ve been a school nurse for twenty-eight years and it’s very different from when I started. We have many more kids with complex needs like students with ventilators and feeding tubes. We’re taking on a lot more of the healthcare that used to be done outside of the school. Sometimes the school nurse is the only health care provider these kids see, they don’t have their own private provider. Or I’ve had parents say to me, “Can you look at his throat and see what you think? I have a $4,000 deductible and I’ll take them to the doctor if I need to but if you could just check it out first…” And we do a lot with working with families to try to get them signed up for insurance. It’s drastically changed.

What’s something you wish more people knew about what you do? School nurses are on the front lines of kids’ health; we don’t just hand out Band-Aids. We see children with everything from chronic and acute conditions to mental health concerns. We coordinate and consult with private physicians about kids who are coming back from surgery or kids who are going through chemotherapy. We administer immunizations and perform all kinds of screenings. We have these kids, some from the time they’re three years old through age twenty-one, and we have the opportunity to affect and improve the future culture of health. That’s what I love about it, that we can really make a difference.

Health News

Welcome to Health News for the Johnston Public School District!!!!
 
 
 
 
 

The goal of the Johnston Public Schools Health Services Program is that all students are healthy and ready to learn. Health services are provided by our certified school nurse-teachers. Our primary focus is health promotion and disease prevention. School Health Services are meant to supplement, rather than replace, parental responsibility and are designed to encourage parents/guardians to take an active role in supporting their child's health so all students can function at their optimal level.

 
 
 


 


Epipen Recall

 

The FDA has announced a voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate.

Please Read:
FDA Announcement

 

At this time, the 13 lots identified – distributed between Dec. 17, 2015, and July 1, 2016 – are the only EpiPen lots impacted by the U.S. recall. Consumers who have EpiPens from lots that are not included in this recall, do not need to replace their EpiPen prior to its expiration date.

 

Product/Dosage

NDC Number

Lot Number

Expiration Date

EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, 0.15 mg

49502-501-02

5GN767

April 2017

EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, 0.15 mg

49502-501-02

5GN773

April 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

5GM631

April 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

5GM640

May 2017

EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, 0.15 mg

49502-501-02

6GN215

September 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM082

September 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM072

September 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM081

September 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM088

October 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM199

October 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM091

October 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM198

October 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM087

October 2017

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your pharmacist.

Sandi Delack, M Ed, RN, BSN, NCSN, FNASN

Health Services Coordinator

 
 
FLU CLINIC
 
 
Click - Get your flu shot! for more information concerning flu shots for this year.
 

***CURRENT HEALTH NEWS***

Extremely rare Fewer than 1,000 US cases per year Requires a medical diagnosis Lab tests or imaging often required Spreads by animals or insects Short-term: resolves within days to weeks In most cases, there are no symptoms. In pregnant women, it may cause subsequent birth defects. A link between Zika and paralysis (GuillainBarré Syndrome) is being investigated. When present, symptoms are mild and last less than a week. They include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. There's no vaccine or specific treatment. Instead the focus is on relieving symptoms and includes rest, re-hydration, and acetaminophen for fever and pain. Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen should be avoided.
 
https://www.google.com/search?q=Zika+fever&gws_rd=ssl
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Immunizations

 
All students entering the Johnston Public Schools must present proof of immunizations that meet the requirements set forth by the RI Department of Health. Additionally, students entering Grade 7 and Grade 12 must meet the requirement for booster immunizations. Students who are not appropriately immunized will be excluded from school until they obtain the missing vaccines
 
Please click "Immunization Info" for details.

Health Screenings

Several health screenings are conducted by certified school nurse-teachers throughout the school year. These screenings are mandated by the RI Departments of Education and Health. Students will be screened unless written documentation is received from a child’s health care provider that the screening has been completed.

The following screenings are conducted annually:

Dental: Grades K-5, and Grade 10
Vision: Grades K-5, Grade 7, Grade 9

Hearing: Grades K-3

Scoliosis: Grades 6-8

Medication Policies

 
Only medications that cannot be given outside of school hours will be given in school. If medication must during the school day, please contact the certified school nurse-teacher at your child’s school and refer to our medication policy below.
 
 
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