Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Communicating to parents why you require student health information

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Aug 19, 2014 9:17:00 AM

You have to communicate with parents. You know it. They know it. It's not always fun, but it is necessary. You communicate with them about everything, and you do it throughout the year, so it's easy to see how some things can fall through the cracks or simply be ignored by parents.

But, health information cannot be ignored. You have to have the information on the student to properly and completely fulfill your duties as caregiver of the student while they are at school. And that's exactly what we encourage you to tell parents. megaphone

We've found that when school administration and health services explain not just what they're requiring, but why they're requiring it, the collection and enforcement headaches are alleviated. During the school year, students spend a significant portion of each day in the care of school staff. That time increases dramatically when you factor in sports. And with boarding schools, the school is the primary caregiver all the time.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, Emergencies, Compliance

5 things we all learned at Magnus Academy

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Aug 13, 2014 9:27:00 AM

smaller_for_blogMagnus Academy 2014 will live in history books as the event that started it all. For the very first time, we hosted two and half thrilling days of training for Magnus customers, with a splash (or two, or three) of fun. We laughed, we cheered, we learned, and most importantly, we connected. And, for anyone who wasn't able to attend our first Magnus Academy, don't worry. This is your chance to see what all of the fuss was about.

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Topics: SMR, School Nurses, Recap

Top 10 tech tips for school nurses using Magnus SMR

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Aug 6, 2014 9:32:00 AM

Have some tech questions and want a quick, concise answer? We thought so. That's why we put together these 10 tech tips to address the most frequent questions we receive from Magnus clients. The beauty is, they benefit the non-Magnus user as well. In fact, my gut tells me that after putting the tips into practice, everyone will be giving them a thumbs up.


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Topics: Technology, School Nurses

Zero tolerance is your friend

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jul 30, 2014 8:46:00 AM

What comes to mind when you hear "zero tolerance"? Drugs? Weapons? Dress code? I'd like to suggest that zero tolerance has a rightful place in health form compliance as well.

The beauty of zero tolerance, as it relates to compliance, is that it's entirely enforceable, and deals more with enforcing action by the parents before the start of school, than student behavior on a daily basis during the school year. In essence, a zero tolerance health form compliance policy mandates that all required health information be submitted prior to the start of school, and in the event that anything is missing, the student is denied entry to school, athletics, or any school-related trip. 

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, Compliance

How to prepare students for an emergency or natural disaster

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jul 24, 2014 8:56:00 AM

emergency_checklist_croppedIn the past we've written blogs and research papers about the many things schools must consider when it comes to preparing for an emergency or natural disaster. One stone left unturned (at least in great detail) is the necessity to continually prepare students for what they need to know and do in an emergency. This goes beyond crouching under desks or calmly filing out of a building. Students, particularly young ones, can benefit from understanding why they're expected to behave in a certain way, instead of just blindly following an adult's lead. I'm not suggesting providing them with gorey, unnecessary details, but some education on the subject can be helpful to everyone involved. So, without further ado, I present to you several resources you can use to prepare students for an emergency or natural disaster.

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Topics: Emergencies

Holding down the Help Desk [Employee Spotlight]

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jul 17, 2014 9:45:00 AM

Jordan-MatthewsIt’s rush time. And by “rush time,” I mean grab your ponchos, because it’s raining phone calls at Magnus HQ. Just last week our Help Desk received over 900 calls. Compared to the number of phone calls you and I receive each day (probably less than five, unless it’s your birthday), that’s an overwhelming number. It's an ambitious task to manage all of these calls, and we've been graced by the presence of Jordan Matthews, Help Desk Manager extraordinaire, to do just that. She's our secret weapon when it comes to keeping parents and students happy, and she does it all with the perfect mix of spunk and cheer.

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Topics: Employee Spotlights

4 ways to invest in student safety (without ever spending a dime)

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jul 10, 2014 9:37:00 AM


Budgets are a sensitive, and stressful, topic in the world of schools. Just about everything comes with a price - from campus security systems to additional staff members. That's why budgeting is a difficult task for the business office. The business office must analyze return on investment for each and every purchase, to ensure it is the right decision for the school. The good news is that there are ways to improve school environments, and to put everyone's minds at ease, without ever worrying about ROI. How? By trying these four ways to invest in student safety. The best part is they are totally and completely free.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, SMR, Emergencies, Business Office

Managing Type-1 Diabetes without a school nurse

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jul 2, 2014 9:36:00 AM

health_heart_stethoscope_smallerIf you own a computer or a TV, you've heard about recent school nurse shortages. We've heard about them, too, and it's worrisome. School should be a safe place - a place where students can test their chops in the spring musical, or harness their inner math whiz. It shouldn't be a place for worrying about administering your own insulin, and that's why it's imperative for schools to be able to manage serious student health needs, with or without a full-time school nurse.

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Topics: Health Trends, School Nurses

School security: Protecting student information in a digital age

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jun 24, 2014 9:19:00 AM

security_locked_computer_smaller-1In today's digital age, it's common for schools to use technology for everyday tasks, student management, or classroom activities - it just make life easier. But as wonderful as technology is, it also brings up new concerns about protecting student information. So how can you make smart tech decisions? How can you combine ease of use with student safety? The answer starts with the unsung hero of the school: The IT guy, or gal.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, Technology

Update: Dodgeball meets school nurses

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jun 18, 2014 9:53:00 AM


Not too long ago, I wrote a post about our annual charity event, the Raleigh International Dodgeball Charity Challenge, and announced our new initiative. Now, I'm back with more details. First off, it's September 27th, 2014, and you need to be there. Even if you're across the country, you should book a flight to join us. It's. That. Much. Fun.

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Topics: Community

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