NURSE’S HEALTH BLOG

ENRICA MERCORELLI, MS, RN-CSN

#5 SCHOOL NURSE

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GREETINGS ALL! This blog page will hopefully make a busy parent’s life a bit easier as you will find all medical forms you might need. Also, I will provide monthly health tips, so check-in regularly.

If you ever need to reach me, use the School #5 main number of 908-486-2666 extension 8511 OR email me at emercorelli@lindenps.org. My hours: 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Just double-click on any of the following forms to open and print:

Physical exams must be filled out on this form:

Universal Child Health Record

For allergies requiring emergency medications be kept at school, each of these forms must be completed for each medication:

Emergency Care Plan for Anaphylaxis

Food Allergy Emergency Care Plan

PLAN DE ATENCIÓN DE EMERGENCIAS DE ALERGIAS ALIMENTARIAS Y ANAFILAXIA

Linden Medication Authorization

For asthma requiring medication to be kept at school, each of these forms must be completed:

Asthma Treatment Plan

Linden Medication Authorization

Medication use in public schools comes with many rules and regulations:

District Medication Policy

 

Ms. M.’s Health Tips for Springtime:

‘Tis the season of lovely flowers, budding trees and shrubs……grasses are greening up again. But, with the arrival of spring, some pretty uncomfortable symptoms of seasonal allergies can also arrive.

Seasonal allergies occur because of a sensitivity to certain “things,” or allergens in the air that irritate the respiratory system, namely, the nose and upper airways that lead to the lungs, as well as the skin and eyes. These allergens  float into the air from the trees, flowers, grasses, especially on those nice breezy days. We can see pollen….that yellowy “dust” visible on cars and windows. But, for the most part, we cannot see these springtime allergens in the air.

Springtime allergens, for some people, are considered “ body invaders.” The body responds by activating the immune system to release histamine in the area affected by the allergen, like the nose, sinuses, eyes, upper airways or skin.

Histamine increases blood flow to allow “fighter cells” to more easily get to the allergen. Histamine also increases mucus production to protect the linings of the nose, etc.

It is this immune response that creates those “nasty” symptoms like runny noses, pounding sinuses, itchy, watery eyes and cough. The nasal passages and sinuses are very narrow and so if there is extra mucus, blood flow and “fighter cells,” we feel “clogged.” Sometimes, we blow our noses and nothing comes out….. especially if we don’t drink enough water. Water helps to thin the mucus so it can come out more easily.

The GOOD NEWS is that there are many simple, inexpensive measures one can take to cut down on the “nasties:”

  1. Take your shower or bath at the end of your day. This removes all the allergens sitting on your head, skin before bringing them to bed with you.
  2. Change your bed linens at least once per week and change pillowcases every day, to decrease any allergens from making entrance into your eyes, nose, mouths, lungs.
  3. Remove all of your clothing worn during the day as soon as you get home and wash it all, or put it out of the way. It all carries those microscopic allergens.
  4. Drink plenty of water…at least 8 glasses per day.
  5. Do not open windows in your house at the height of the allergy season.
  6. Be in air-conditioning as much as possible.
  7. Do not touch your face unless you have a clean tissue or have just washed your hands, again, to reduce the risk of allergens entering your body.

(Remember from my last Tips page: We have 7 openings in our heads!)

Need a refresher? Click on the link to take a look at some past tips below :)

Ms. Mercorelli’s March Tips