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7 Must-know legal facts for school nurses

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Apr 17, 2014 9:34:00 AM

admin_justice_scales_smaller_croppedRecently, the National Assoctiation of School Nurses (NASN) published the results from their Annual School Nurse survey. In it, data showed that school nurses are eager to learn more about legal issues and how they affect school nurses. So, we did a little bit of research and came up with the top seven must-know legal facts for school nurses. Without further adieu, here they are...

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, Regulations & Legislation, School Nurses

The increasing responsibility of school nurses [Guest Post]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 15, 2014 9:02:00 AM

It is estimated that one out of every 100 students has epilepsy and that 75% of all cases are diagnosed during adolescence (Plan for Nationwide Action on Epilepsy, Vol. 1. U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare). Although epilepsy is not a disease, nor a mental disorder, it is a chronic health disorder caused by temporary disruptions of electrical impulses in the brain that result in seizures. There are many types of seizures, from staring spells to tonic-clonic, which frequently involve convulsive movements and loss of consciousness. nurse_harriett_at_computer_small

However, this article’s intent is not to focus on what epilepsy is, nor how it is treated. My goal is to discuss the increasing role of the school nurse and others in how best to handle the increasing number of students diagnosed with a seizure disorder. This is of particular importance when the student’s private prescribing physician specifies the use of the DIASTAT to be administered at the time or soon after a student experiences a seizure.

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Topics: Health Trends, School Nurses

Annual Research Questionnaire of Independent School Health Services

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 9, 2014 9:29:00 AM

Over the years we've heard many school health services professionals say they'd like to compare their own health center to others of similar size, budget, employees, etc. The problem is, that information hasn't been available. So we set out to change that. We're excited, and think you will be too! misc_jump_for_joy_small_cropped

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Topics: SMR, School Nurses

Advocating for clients [Employee Spotlight]

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Apr 8, 2014 9:36:00 AM

Nina-Gervase-314Shouldn't everyone have an advocate? We think so. Meet Nina Gervase, the Magnus Health Client Account Advocate. Her job is exactly what it sounds like: advocating for our clients' needs - from setting schools up with new SMR features, to creating solutions for tricky situations. Whatever a client's needs may be, Nina has their back. She's so dedicated, in fact, that she played a critical role in developing our new client Training Site. (More on that below.)

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Topics: Employee Spotlights

Magnus 2014 Q1 Recap

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 2, 2014 9:38:00 AM

The first quarter of 2014 has come to an end, and hopefully with it, all the cold, snow, and ice. As we look forward to the second quarter, and embrace the 70+ degree temperatures, let's take a look back at all the Magnus activity over the last several months.


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Topics: Recap

Cell phone use at school: Which policy should you use?

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


Before we even begin, let’s all take a deep breath. Cell phone use is a hot-button topic, and most educators have a strong opinion about what students should and should not do with their cell phones while on school grounds. Believe me when I say I don’t want to start any fights. Besides, violence isn’t the answer, right? So while we all sing "kumbayah" together, let's take a look at the three main approaches to student cell phone use, and why schools use, or refuse to use, them.

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Topics: Technology

Auto Roster Import

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 26, 2014 9:28:00 AM

We get really excited when new SMR features make school staff lives easier. If it just so happens that the same feature also makes our own lives easier, you certainly won’t hear us complain. Our newest feature, Auto Roster Import (ARI) checks both of those boxes. Auto_Roster_Import_131x140

ARI functions much like its name sounds – it automates the roster import process. Convenient, right? It really is. It’s quick and easy, and allows schools to create a CSV file, or export it from a third party, and import that roster information into Magnus, thereby updating names, contact information, and more. The beauty is that schools have the ability to sync data and update information en masse whenever they’d like. Have a big group of new students you’d like to add to the system? ARI can handle that. Want to update cell phone numbers or emails every month? Week? Day? Done, done, and done.

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Topics: SMR, Technology

The impact of generic vs. brand name medications [Guest Post]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 20, 2014 9:07:00 AM

I am a school nurse, and it’s very common to hear people in and out of the medical profession say generic medication is “the same” as the brand name equivalent. Although I’d never researched this issue before, I started investigating generic verses brand name medications when one of my staff member’s blood pressure went sky high after changing to a generic. health_pills_and_drugs_and_medicine_small

I came across an article written by Dr. Tod Cooperman, MD, “What You Need to Know About Generic Drugs” and found some interesting and upsetting statistics. As a nurse, I think it’s important that we’re all educated consumers and should be aware of discrepancies. Here’s what I found. Later I’ll explain why these findings are so upsetting to me as a school nurse.

  • Eight percent of drugs we take in the US are now generic versions of the brand name medication.
  • Generic drugs are required to provide 80% to 125% bioavailability to your bloodstream.
  • Generics can contain very different other binders and fillers than their brand name counterpart, which can impact how fast or slow the active ingredient is released into the blood stream, especially in extended-release forms of the medications.
  • The FDA requires that the package inserts for generic drugs show the same data as the brand name drug. However, this isn’t always true and that information is not always released.
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Topics: Health Trends, School Nurses

Announcing, this year's charitable initiative

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 18, 2014 9:34:00 AM


Maybe you've heard of the RDU International Dodgeball Charity Challenge - it's kind of a big deal. OR, maybe you haven't - after all, the event is less than a year old. Either way, I'm here to tell you this fall we will hold The Second Annual RDU International Dodgeball Charity Challenge, and it is in fact a very big deal.

Last year we held the tournament, and spent over 1,000 hours volunteering, all in support of the Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs. All proceeds from fundraising througout the year, and at the tournament went toward the Clubs' biggest need - transportation. With the more than $27,000 we raised, they were able to overhaul their entire fleet of buses, giving the club kids reliable transportation to events vital to their development.

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Topics: Community

Coach bullying: Why it happens, and why it's not okay

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 13, 2014 9:17:00 AM

sport_coach_yelling_smallerI planned to write about coach bullying over a month ago. The fact that just yesterday a prominent NCAA women's basketball coach was accused by former players of bullying and emotional abuse, is nothing more than a timely coincidence. Accusations against Boston University's Kelly Greenberg arose after four players quit over the course of the last year - that's 30% of the team. Two of those players gave up $60,000-a-year scholarships. I'll let you interpret the severity of the situation based off of those numbers.

But this isn't about Greenberg or Boston University, or even last year's headlining bully coach, Mike Rice at Rutgers. This is about the fact that coach bullying isn't specific to collegiate or professional athletics - it's present in youth, club, middle, and high school athletics too. Although there isn't a lot of research on the subject, according to one study, "45% of the children surveyed said adults had called them names, yelled at them, and insulted them while they played sports. Even more disturbing, more than 17% reported that an adult had hit, kicked, and slapped them while participating in sports."

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, Athletics, Health Trends

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