Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Senior Systems - Magnus Health school software integration

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 30, 2014 9:21:00 AM

Simplifying processes is never a bad thing. Neither is easing the burden on parents or decreasing time spent on redundant administrative tasks. So the Senior Systems, Magnus Health integration, which accomplishes all these tasks, can only be a good thing. In fact, it’s a great thing. Senior Systems and Magnus Health have partnered to offer Single Sign-On (SSO) for parents and an automated data transfer integration, which will save school administrators time by streamlining the information update and account creation processes.

The SSO process requires that schools use both My Backpack and Web Services. With those pieces in place, parents can use their My BackPack username and password when logging into Magnus. Schools must create parents and students in the Magnus system before the parent can successfully login. There are various methods of doing that, but we recommend using Auto Roster Import to make it as seamless as possible.

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Topics: Technology

New research for independent school nurses and health services

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 23, 2014 9:09:00 AM

AnnualReport2014-thumb-400px_1-1We work with school nurses every day and we heard from many of them that they had a desire for information and resources about independent school health services, but the research simply didn't exist. So we set out to change that. Together with a panel of six independent school health professionals, we developed the 2013-14 Annual Research Questionnaire of Independent School Health Services. And now, we're happy to report, the results are in, analyzed, and available to you in the 2013-14 Annual Report of Independent School Health Services.

It's a great read, but let's face it, 32 pages is a lot of info. So, I've distilled it here so you can have a bird's-eye view of the information in 10 minutes or less. Read the short version here for surface details, and download the full verion to read when you have a few more minutes on-hand.

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Topics: Business Office, School Nurses

4 Tips for getting faster answers from Magnus Health support

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 15, 2014 10:25:00 AM

When you reach out to our Client Services team for help, you know we are going to assist you as quickly and thoroughly as humanly possible.

But did you know there are a few things you can do to help us help you even faster and more accurately? Here are four things that our savviest customers do when reaching out to Magnus Client Services.

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Topics: SMR, School Nurses

5 Action plan templates for schools

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Oct 9, 2014 9:56:00 AM

5_sample_action_plans_edited-917753-editedAction plans are the first step to understanding, and being prepared for, complex student health needs. They document known health conditions, provide treatment guidelines, and keep everyone's minds a little more at ease. 

The goal of an action plan is to provide school nurses and administrators with the necessary information to treat a student for a condition they may have - this includes allergies, diabetes, seizures, and more. In fact, action plans are so vital that we included them in our list of the seven essential components of a student health file

Now, join us as we provide you with five action plan templates for schools that you can use to better understand your students' health needs. Distribute these forms to parents before the beginning of the year, or better yet, utilize conditional questions so that parents aren't burdened with unnecessary paperwork. The bonus for Magnus Health SMR customers is that your action plans are digitally distributed to parents (using conditional questions if you choose) - meaning everything is already set!

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, Emergencies

2nd Annual Dodgeball Charity Challenge was a success!

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 2, 2014 9:17:11 AM

Saturday was a comfortable 79 degrees, sunny, with a light breeze. All I needed was some sunscreen and four hours of dodgeball. I got both at the 2nd Annual Raleigh International Dodgeball Charity Challenge.

We were competing against an NCSU football game, a motor cycle rally, and four other festivals in surrounding areas, but those things didn't stop us. Saturday, from 10-2, top notch dodgeball was on display, and Bandwidth claimed the title, all in an effort to raise awareness and money for Wake County school health services. Our mission: Identify children with health needs that have gone unidentified due to lack of access to care, and ensure they receive the care they so badly need.

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Topics: Community

Take Magnus for a test drive

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Sep 24, 2014 9:06:00 AM

If you're already a Magnus customer, be sure to contact Client Services for one-on-one assistance using MyMagnus and Magnus911.

One of my favorite Beach Boys songs is Wouldn't It Be Nice. Every time I see or hear about something I'd like to have or experience, I sing to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice..." I know I'm not alone in wishful thinking because we frequently come across folks who think how nice it would be to test the Magnus product before making a purchasing decision. Well, we've got you covered. It's easy to take a test drive of both the parent's experience, as well as the Magnus emergency tools. Here's how it all works.

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Topics: SMR, Emergencies, Technology, School Nurses

Magnus Health Road Show 2014: We're bringing SMR to you

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Sep 17, 2014 9:27:00 AM

One of the best parts about working with schools is getting to know all of the people who make a school so great. From the school nurse to the football coach, and everyone in between (including you!), we talk to some pretty incredible people. And even though your job descriptions may differ, one thing you all have in common is that you do what you do for your students.


That's why we want to make your job a little bit easier. We want to help you look after your students in a more comprehensive, but uncomplicated way. There's no better way to accomplish that task than for us to bring ourselves to you for a day of training and learning!

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Topics: SMR

Making the first impression [Employee Spotlight]

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Sep 11, 2014 10:28:51 AM

Emily-Williams-new-landing-pageIn a world of 140-character Tweets, automated phone calls, and scripted conversations, it's sometimes hard to stumble upon genuine interactions. You wonder if you're talking to a person or a machine, and if you're actually being heard. That's why it's a relief to meet people like Emily Williams, a Magnus Health Account Executive.

Emily gets what it means to be human - to hold two-way conversations, to laugh, and to be a little quirky. As one of the first people you may ever talk to at Magnus, she'll make sure your first impression of us is, well... human. And if you haven't had the pleasure of meeting her yet, read on and say hello.

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Topics: Employee Spotlights

Back to school [Guest Post]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Sep 10, 2014 9:02:00 AM

So many behavioral things happen in our country that signal the start of the school year - commercials, news stories, advertisements. Perhaps your school starts at a different time or even continues year round. Still your life is somewhat impacted by the event we call “back to school”. For school staff, including school nurses, this is both a new beginning and a series of stress-filled, very long, work days. I now know that tasks required of the general population of public school nurses differ significantly from those of private school nurses. Thanks to my attendance at the Magnus Academy this summer, I met dozens of you, willing to share your stories with me. Thank you. I look forward to learning more from you about the unique issues you face in private schools and the creative solutions you’ve accomplished. welcome_back_to_school

A few years into my practice as a school nurse, I asked a seasoned school nurse what I was doing wrong in September. She listened carefully and grinned wider, the longer I talked. “I just can’t seem to get organized,” I’d said, “and every day I feel as if I’ve taken ten steps backward instead of three forward. How can I make September go more smoothly for myself, my students and the staff?” I implored.

When she replied, it was with kindness and care in her voice. “September will never go well. You must start each day fresh, confident in your ability to prioritize, to organize and to move ahead. Make a plan and then deviate from it whenever you really need to. Reschedule what issues can wait. Never turn away a frightened child or a frantic parent. Never minimize a staff members concerns. Always remember your purpose, your value and your importance. Before you know it, the snow will fall and you’ll realize everything that needed to be done, was accomplished. And next fall it will start all over.”

From my own experiences, I’ve put together a small arsenal of strategies that helped me through September. I hope you can take some of these tips and they help you as you head back to school.

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Topics: School Nurses, Guest Posts

Treatment notes and online student medical records

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Sep 5, 2014 10:19:47 AM

Charts. Notes. Treatments. Screenings. Logs. Reports. Visits. Whatever you call them (I prefer treatment notes) the documentation you make on student visits and treatment is important. Check that, very important.Chart

Every time a student is treated at the health center, a record needs to be in place, not only for the sake of protecting the health care provider, and the school, but more importantly so that the student has a complete health history. With a full student health history, providers can look at the total picture of health, observe trends, accurately note when something occurred, when a shot was given, or simply note that the student is a frequent flier to the health center.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, SMR

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