Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Forms requiring physician signature [New feature]

Posted by Tricia LaPaglia on Feb 27, 2015 1:33:00 AM

Currently, our client services team is deep in the bonny blue waters of Electronically Signed Documents. They’re up to their eyeballs helping schools switch traditional printed forms over to a secure customized online form that never needs to be printed. But as swell as ESD’s are, some schools (and state laws) still require a healthcare professional to sign paper forms. Over-the-counter medication forms and often action plans could require a scrawled “Dr. Jane Smith, MD” across the bottom to be accepted. So we’ve added a simple label that tells parents which blank forms need to go with them to see Dr. Jane.

In truth by the end of the summer, my back to school reality is dashing out the door to see Dr. Jane with an armful of papers and if I’m lucky, a giant iced coffee. There are quite a few Magnus moms and dads who fight the same back to school paperwork battle. So when one of the top requests from our parents was to create a clear way to see which forms need to be signed by a doctor, we were all ears. School nurses chimed in that this was a frustrating issue they also heard from parents, so really, this new feature was win-win.

So for parents (like me) who are flying out the door like Elphaba’s monkeys on the way to appointments, now they can easily see which forms they need to take with them to the doctor.

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Topics: SMR, Technology, School Nurses

Preparing for weather emergencies and increasing communication [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 25, 2015 9:10:54 AM

PortsmouthAbbeyLogoClient Profile 
  • Name: Pam Gorman
  • Job Title: Director of Health Services
  • School: Portsmouth Abbey School
  • Location: Portsmouth, RI
  • Type: Catholic Boarding & Day Grades 9-12
  • Size: 360 students
  • Website:

Screen_Shot_2015-02-24_at_12.17.09_PMWhen Pam Gorman, Director of Health Services, began working at Portsmouth Abbey 30 years ago, she could track all student medications on a single sheet of paper. But, as state requirements became more strict, and the frequency of student health conditions increased, Portsmouth Abbey realized the need for a new system to track and manage medical information.

Gorman and her team initially had reservations about switching to a web-based system, but after implementation and becoming acquainted with Magnus, everyone was able to embrace the paperless environment. “I learned that [the process] is very simple. If I can do it, the only excuse that a parent would have is that they do not have a computer,” Gorman said.

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Topics: SMR, Emergencies, School Nurses, Client Success Stories

Ten facts you should know about sport-related concussions

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Feb 24, 2015 11:37:47 AM

10_facts_concussionsAthletes take on numerous risks each time they step on the field, hop in the pool, or skate onto the ice. One of those risks is head injuries. Regardless of whether or not an athlete participates in contact sports, a sport-related concussion (SRC) could happen to almost any athlete, at any time. That's why each coach, school nurse, and athletic trainer should have the most recent information on concussion diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.

That's also why we took notes from our guest expert Missy Fraser, MS, ATC, from the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related TBI Research Center, and compiled this list of ten facts you should know about sport-related concussions.

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Topics: Athletics, Health Trends, School Nurses

Lessons learned from the 2015 Academy Awards

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 23, 2015 1:05:00 PM

I'm not going to pretend that The Oscars has an enormous amount in common with school health. But I will argue, there are lessons to be learned and/or reiterated from the glamorous affair - and none of them are about fashion.


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Topics: Community

How to add a Magnus Health login link to your school's website

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Feb 20, 2015 11:27:00 AM

At Magnus, we spend a lot of time thinking of ways to make schools' and parents' lives simple. One of our favorite tools to accomplish that goal is our easy-to-use parent portal, MyMagnus. When parents need to fill out or update their child(ren)'s health information, they can do so by signing in to their secure Magnus Health account via

To make logging in even easier for parents, we recommend putting a link on your school's website (if you are not already using one of our software integrations). By adding a link to your website that directs parents to log in to their Magnus Health account, you save parents time and reduce the number of phone calls to your school's health and technology departments.

But enough about how wonderful it is. Let's get started with our three steps to add a Magnus Health login link to your school's website.

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Topics: Technology, Work Smarter, Not Harder

Tips for meeting immunization requirements

Posted by Amy Weaver on Feb 17, 2015 9:17:00 AM

With all of the recent news attention that vaccines have been getting, it would be remiss not to discuss the challenges around meeting immunization requirements in a school setting. With mandates that vary from one state to the next, schools constantly struggle to collect all of the necessary documentation for each of their students. Schools are required to show proof that their students are either up-to-date on immunizations or have a documented medical or religious exemption. Some states will also accept a personal belief or philosophical exemption.child_vaccine_immunization

But let’s save the debate on whether or not to immunize for another time, and instead talk about ways to meet your state’s requirements. Achieving compliance is no small task. It may involve sending reminder letters in the mail, making numerous phone calls, and pulling kids out of class until all of their requirements are met.

Here are a few tips to help get the job done:

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Topics: Compliance, Immunizations

How your environment affects productivity and learning

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Feb 13, 2015 10:33:00 AM


Last year's Magnus Academy attendees got a special treat when they came to visit us in Raleigh, NC. They received an all-access pass to Magnus HQ! From our bright orange walls to the holiday lights that hung around until late July, our clients saw our office in all of its glory - and all of its distractions.

They saw the gong that our Client Services team rings each time we implement a new school, and they listened to pop music blaring from behind our Sales Team's desks. Sometimes I wonder how the Magnus team gets so much work done with an abundance of distractions - but then I remember that most of us grew up in environments where multitasking was a revered skill.

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Topics: Health Trends

How to help students prep for a test

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 12, 2015 10:45:05 AM

Although I enjoyed school, I can't say that my study habits or test preparation skills were quite up to par. More often than not, I'd spend the night before a big test cramming as much into my overtired brain as possible, then I'd regurgitate it the next day and hope for the best. Now, I'm not saying this blog is going to change the fact that students have always, and will continue to procrastinate, but maybe you can use these tips to help encourage students to better prepare for the big tests coming their way.


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Topics: School Nurses

6 things school nurses and Valentine's Day have in common

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 11, 2015 1:06:03 PM

When I think about Valentine's Day, I will admit my first thought is about the candy that goes on sale the day after. Chocolate and candied hearts abound. It's a happy thought. But this year, I decided to dig a little deeper, and what I found is that school nurses and Valentine's Day have quite a bit in common - six big items in fact.

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Topics: School Nurses

Parents submit health information easily, and on time [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 10, 2015 9:15:00 AM

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  • Name: Cheryl Tardif
  • Job Title: Student Health Center Director
  • School: Hebron Academy
  • Location: Hebron, ME
  • Type: Boarding & Day School, Grades 6-12
  • Size: 250 students
  • Website:

Hebron Academy’s Student Health Center Director, Cheryl Tardif, is upfront about her most dreaded task as a school nurse - “The most tedious part of a school nursing job is obtaining and managing health records.” For Tardif and her team, the process began every August prior to the new school year, and “the major problem we faced was receiving incomplete records from parents.” For each of the 250 students at Hebron Academy, five to seven pages of health records are required (1,250-1,750 total records), but many parents would return only a portion of those pages.
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Topics: SMR, Compliance, Client Success Stories

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