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New leadership at Magnus Health

Posted by James Burns on May 22, 2015 1:30:00 PM

I am honored and excited to join the Magnus Health team as the new Chief Executive Officer, and I would also like to introduce you to Snow Roberts, our new Chief Operating Officer. We plan to continue the Magnus mission of better student care and look forward to getting to know our clients, partners, and the community. Below are brief summaries of our backgrounds, and we both hope to see you at the Independent School Health Conference this summer!

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Topics: SMR

2015 Independent School Health Conference Keynote Speaker Announced!

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 20, 2015 3:16:00 PM

You might have heard of a little thing called the Independent School Health Conference. We're pretty excited about it, and to add to that excitement, we're happy to announce the ISHC 2015 headlining keynote speaker is Miguel G. Marshall, M.A., Ed.D.! Miguel has long been immersed in the independent school environment, and along with his brand new research, he brings insight from his own experiences as a student and employee of independent schools.

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Topics: School Nurses

Exercise options in independent schools

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 18, 2015 10:02:00 AM

Net_AssetsImagine my delight when I sat down to read the May/June 2015 issue of Net Assets, and I came upon an article, "Exercising Their Options" which features none other than one of our beloved clients, Providence Day School. The article focuses on how independent schools are increasing the opportunity to exercise, and the different ways students can exercise during the school day. Compared to students in past decades, today's children have less strength and balance and underdeveloped motor skills, so these new opportunities are very important.

Providence Day School is combating these issues with high-tech devices like bluetooth-enabled monitors, as well as low-tech exercises like rope and rock climbing. They've also created an inside and outside facility for the transitional kindergarten students with items that are designed to stimulate imagination. For instance, outside the kids play with bamboo, ropes, and fabric, and inside they can find yarn, blocks, instruments, and paint. The idea behind all of it is to engage students in the varying levels of exercise that will force them to develop their physical fitness and motor skills.

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Topics: Athletics, Health Trends, School Nurses

These 5 simple steps can make your school more "green"

Posted by Carrie Chandler on May 15, 2015 7:55:54 AM


Protecting the environment isn't just for conservationists anymore. Now that information about global climate change is readily available to us all, it's easy for each person to get involved and go green. It's so easy that I'm challenging students and schools to be at the center of green efforts.

The reason is simple: Students hold the key to the future of our environment, and schools hold the key to student education and awareness. Not to mention, schools use a lot of resources! From printing off hundreds of test papers to using energy to light up a whole gymnasium (or two), there are several ways for schools to educate students on environmentally-friendly habits, and to implement a few habits on the school-level, too.

It may seem like a big responsibility, but I promise it's not impossible to fulfill. All it takes is a little elbow grease! The best place to start is with these five steps to making your school more green.

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Topics: Health Trends

National Nurses Week comes to a close

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 12, 2015 3:33:03 PM

Today marks the end of National Nurses Week, but if Mother's Day taught us anything this year, it's that you can continue to thank those near and dear to you, even after the official holiday ends. So, in the spirit of continuing our grattitude, and helping others express theirs, here are four pictures you can send to any nurse, to say thank you. Conveniently, they're created at the perfect size for Facebook, too. Send them, print them, post them, do whatever feels right, but don't miss the opportunity to tell your school nurse, or the nurses in hospitals, clinics, and physicians offices THANK YOU.

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Topics: School Nurses

Uploading health forms for students just got easier

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 12, 2015 9:16:00 AM

Magnus users, I'll be short and sweet. With a simple click of the button, and a process no different than in days past, you can upload and combine multiple health forms for a student's requirement. Plus, you get to preview the final document before attaching it to the requirement. Check out the shots below and see for yourself.

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Topics: SMR, Technology, Work Smarter, Not Harder

SMR user login enhancements [Updated feature]

Posted by Carrie Chandler on May 8, 2015 8:46:00 AM

Just last week I was trying to purchase online tickets to a concert. I was moments away from having the digital tickets in my metaphorical hands when I was stopped by a blurry and confusing captcha. A captchas, or "the most frustrating combinations of letters and numbers known to man" is the little box of text that you're asked to type out to confirm you are indeed a human. As wonderful as a captcha is for determining whether an internet user is actually human or not, it can truthfully be quite annoying.


Why do I get so annoyed by captchas? Most likely because I know that I'm not a robot, but yet it takes me three or four tries to convince my own computer that I'm not a robot. Trying to decipher a random, warped, set of letters and numbers is the last thing I want to be doing when I'm in the middle of an important task, and I know I'm not alone.

That's why I'm happy to unveil Magnus Health's new user login process! As of today, if you forget your username or password, you no longer have to answer a difficult captcha in order to retrieve it. Instead, all you have to do is check off a box that says you're not a robot (which I'm trusting you aren't...). Read on for more details, plus learn about the other updates we made to the SMR user login page.

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Topics: SMR, Technology

School emergency teams and supplies

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 7, 2015 1:28:57 PM

emergency_checklist_croppedHow many, and what types of teams should be in a school's emergency plan? Well, as with so many things, the answer varies because every school population and community is a bit different. However, Chris Joffe of Joffe Emergency Services outlined a list of teams that every school should have in place.

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Topics: Emergencies

Say 'thank you' to your school nurse

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 6, 2015 9:01:00 AM

Today kicks off National Nurse Week, and today is National School Nurse Day. On behalf of everyone here at Magnus, I'd like to say THANK YOU to every school nurse. We applaud your work, dedication, and selfless commitment to your students. We encourage everyone - administration, teachers, staff, parents, and students -  to take a moment and express your gratitude. School nurses aren't the highest paid, most recognized group of people, and recognition goes a long way. Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking.

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Topics: School Nurses

Protecting your nursing license, from a military academy perspective [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 5, 2015 11:28:00 AM

NurseTrentPicClient Profile 
  • Name: Trent Inman
  • Job Title: Registered Nurse
  • School: Oak Ridge Military Academy
  • Location: Oak Ridge, NC
  • Type: Grades 7-12 Private, Co-ed military academy
  • Size: 90 students
  • Website:


When Trent Inman first joined Oak Ridge Military Academy, he was stepping into the unknown. He didn’t have a military background, instead, he’d come from a cardio surgery step-down unit in a hospital. He went from treating very sick patients to treating cadets with ordinary illnesses to injuries incurred because of physical training. “It was different for me because the cadets would get in trouble for something, and their discipline was to do extra PT, and then they’d come to me because they’d have huge blisters and other injuries, and that type of approach was creating more work for me.”

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Topics: SMR, School Nurses, Client Success Stories

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