NURSE'S OFFICE

District 215 is requesting an ASTHMA ACTION PLAN on students with asthma. Feel free to use the attachment or provide us with an action plan from your student's physician.

 


Monthly News from the Nurse, Denise Call, RN

 

February is National Heart Month. Although heart disease can affect anyone, it is the leading cause of death among women. There are things you can do to help your heart:

  • Limit your intake of fat
  • Choose heart-healthy fats over saturated and trans fats
  • Limit your intake of sugars
  • Limit your intake of sodium/salt
  • Choose more whole grains, legumes, fresh produce and low fat dairy products
  • Choose lean meats and poultry
  • Include fish in your diet
  • Exercise portion control
  • Become physically active for 30 to 60 minutes a day
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit your intake of alcohol

Students can be included in the education and practice of heart-healthy choices. It is never too early to take care of your heart!


National Poison Prevention Week is March 18-24, 2018. The goal of the week is to raise awareness of the risk of being poisoned by household products, medicines, pesticides, plants, bites and stings, food poisoning, and fumes. This provides an excellent opportunity to let friends and family members know they can reach the poison center 24 hours a day. The Illinois toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222.

Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related hospitalizations and death for children ages 18 months to 36 months. In 2011, poisoning surpassed motor vehicle accidents for the first time as the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in the United States for all ages combined. One million adults and elderly citizens are also involved in potential poisoning situations each year. Most of these situations can be avoided with education and preventative measures.

More than one million of our nation’s children under the age of five years old are exposed annually to potentially harmful substances such as medicines and typical household chemicals. Simple steps such as using child-resistant packing as instructed, locking up medicines, and keeping household chemicals out of reach and sight of children will safeguard them. Adults should wear protective clothing when spraying pesticides or other chemicals. Turn on the fan and open windows when using chemical products such as household cleaners. Be aware of potential dangers, take steps to protect your family, and be safe.


Mrs. Denise Call, School Nurse, RN, Bachelor of Science, PEL-CSN

Room 113
Phone:  (708) 585-1011
Fax:  (708) 585-1010

Email:  dcall@tfd215.org

Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-3:30 PM


Welcome to the Thornton Fractional North Office of the School Nurse. 

Mission of school nurse office: to provide health care for illness and injuries that occur during the school day and work collaboratively with school administration/staff, health care practitioners, local EMS, and parents/guardians to provide for the safety and welfare of our students.

Illinois State School Code requires that all students have a current physical and complete immunization record.

Parents/guardians should inform school nurse of any medical changes that may arise for their students. Please continue to provide school with accurate names and contact numbers for emergency contacts to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of our students.

The school nurse will administer medication when the appropriate medication form and properly contained medication is supplied and stored in the nurse's office. The school nurse retains authority to exercise medical judgment in the best interest of the student in each individual case. The school district retains the right to reject requests for the administration of medication.

Vision and hearing screening will be provided annually for all new students, special education students, and any students referred by their teachers. Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision examination by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report indicating that an eye examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.

Students with suspected communicable diseases will be sent home and will be required to have a health care provider statement for school readmission.

A health care provider statement is required and shall be appropriately updated when a student cannot take part in the regular physical education program or when any school accommodations are medically needed.

Medications

Please see the school nurse to pick up any student's unused medication before the end of each school year. This includes emergency medications, such as inhalers and EpiPens. Medications will not be returned to students. All medication that is NOT picked up will be disposed of according to school policy.

Immunization Records

Colleges and universities, as well as some employers, may require immunization records for enrollment or employment. For these immunization records during the school year, feel free to contact the school nurse, Mrs. Denise Call, at 708-585-1011. During the summer, you may contact the Guidance Office at 708-585-1008.