Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

The reality of school nurse-to-student ratios in independent schools

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Dec 17, 2014 11:58:11 AM

AnnualReport2014-thumb-400px_1-1In a previous blog, we covered new research for independent school nurses and health services, and we gave an overview of the 2013-14 Annual Report of Independent School Health Services. Now, it's time to dig a little deeper and look at the staff and facilities that make school health services possible.

To segment and analyze data, we asked respondents a series of questions focused on each school’s health center staff and facilities. Each school knows that type of information on their own services, but how do they compare to other schools? The resulting data allows schools to see how they measure up in these areas, and allows for easier comparison with characteristically similar schools among other data points. So, let's get to the good stuff.

Nearly all schools (89%) reported having some type of nurse on staff, but just 18% have a full-time RN on staff, and another 18% have a part-time RN on staff. Fifty-four schools (36%) have more than one nurse on staff, and 36 schools (23.8%) have a full- or part-time doctor on staff. Of the respondents that have a full-time or part-time doctor on staff, 85% take boarding students. 

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Topics: Business Office, School Nurses

16 Health guidelines for students & staff traveling internationally

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Dec 16, 2014 11:55:00 AM

International_Travel_AbroadTo prepare for international travel with students and staff takes quite a bit of time, and I don't think I overstep my bounds when I say keeping everyone alive and healthy are the main goals. Ebola and polio have dominated the headlines in recent months, but it's no secret that health concerns exist everywhere, not just in high risk areas of the world.

As with many great and wonderful things in life, preparation is key, as is revising any existing policies and procedures. To assist you in those efforts, below are some resources and tips gathered from around the web, geared toward traveling abroad with students and staff.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, Emergencies, School Nurses

5 Ways for school nurses to save time

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Dec 11, 2014 11:32:18 AM

misc_10_minute_clock_smallerWe all know that time is valuable. And in the world of runny noses, broken arms, and chronic diseases, time matters even more. School nurses are in a constant race for time, and we know that. That's why we're sharing five ways for school nurses to save valuable clock ticks on a daily basis. Some of these tips may require a little extra time to set up or put in place, but after they are established, life will be a breeze. So let's get started!
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Topics: Technology, School Nurses

TABS 2014 Recap: Guidelines to success in school health services

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Dec 10, 2014 1:02:49 PM


Last week we had the opportunity to present to an audience of boarding school professionals at the TABS 2014 Annual Conference. It was a fantastic experience to say the least, and we were grateful to be part of the event.

Presenting at the event was Allen Cobb, Chief Product Officer at Magnus Health, with commentary by Dr. Adrianna Bravo, Medical Director at Episcopal High School. Allen brought with him new research from the Annual Report of Independent School Health Services, along with guidelines to success in school health services. The presentation, "The State of the Boarding School Health Center" was the first of its kind, focusing on health center management in boarding schools. If you didn't get a chance to see the presentation, don't worry. We're about to share the key takeaways with you right here.

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Topics: Business Office, Health Trends, School Nurses

Concussion prevention and response: High school winter sports

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Dec 4, 2014 11:49:00 AM

concussion_manAs high school winter sport athletes are bundling up to train through the coldest months of the year there is one topic in the back of parents' and coaches' minds: Concussions. And while statistics and news surrounding the lasting effects of concussions are usually referenced in football, concussion safety matters in every sport - especially winter sports such as ice hockey, basketball, and wrestling. The fact of the matter is that concussions can happen to any athlete, at any time, and they actually affect athletes in winter sports more than any other season.

That's why we've provided four steps to approaching concussions during high school winter sports so everyone can stay as safe as possible. While the focus here is on preventing concussions, it's quite possible that a TBI (traumatic brain injury) may still occur which is why concussion treatment techniques are included below. By following medical guidelines for concussion prevention, diagnoses, and treatment, you can be a part of the growing movement to reduce concussions in sports everywhere.

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Topics: Athletics, Regulations & Legislation, School Nurses

Key statistics in boarding school health care

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Dec 2, 2014 12:12:01 PM

nurse_with_boarding_school_studentOne of the biggest questions we've received when talking to independent schools about the Annual Report of Independent School Health Services is: "What information is applicable to boarding schools?". It's a good question to ask, because not all independent schools are the same. For example, boarding schools are responsible for student care 24/7, which differs from their day school counterparts. It's these increased hours of care that mean boarding schools prepare differently for student health concerns - and the proof is here.

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Topics: Health Trends, School Nurses

A Thanksgiving "thank you" to school nurses

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Nov 26, 2014 10:50:37 AM


Ever heard of the saying, "I get by with a little help from my friends"? For students these days, that saying couldn't be more true. As they wander a hectic maze of mentally and physically draining activities - including early morning classes, after-school sports practices, peer pressure, and increasing chronic illness - it's no wonder why teens and children always seem tired. It's because they are! But luckily, they get by with a little help from a few unconventional friends. And this time of year, we're extra thankful for those friends.

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Topics: School Nurses

Integrating your student information system with Magnus Health

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Nov 20, 2014 11:04:25 AM

tech_laptop,_typing_on_mac_4_smaller_cropThe way you collect, update, and manage student information is critical to effectively managing an independent or private school. In order to make the process efficient and streamlined, many schools utilize a student information system (SIS). But because student information systems can't cover every need, they often integrate with systems that can provide a concentrated focus. For example, health and health center needs. Even student information systems that provide a “health option” often find integration a better option for schools seeking a health center solution. 

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Topics: SMR, Technology

The Finalsite - Magnus Health software integration

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Nov 13, 2014 10:23:00 AM

finalsite_logo_and_magnus_gearThere's been quite a bit of talk about our independent school software integrations lately, and for good reason. As more schools look to reduce their carbon footprint and increase data security, it only makes sense to take student health information paperless. And the whole processes is even easier when your school's Student Information System and/or website works together with your school's Student Medical Record software.

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Topics: Technology

The WhippleHill - Magnus Health software integration

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Nov 12, 2014 11:39:00 AM

Screen_Shot_2014-11-12_at_10.43.41_AMTechnology has done wonders for informational organization and security at independent schools. The old ways of filing student information into cabinets have transformed into online record-keeping via Student Information Systems and Student Medical Records. But as wonderful as these robust technologies may be, wouldn't it be even more wonderful if they worked in harmony? Wouldn't it be a life saver if you could enter information into one school software portal, and that same information appeared in another? The answer is a resounding "yes." 

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Topics: Technology

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