Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Creating a sense of community at boarding schools

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jan 28, 2015 11:20:00 AM


We're not all serious talk about student health information and school health forms here at Magnus. We like to learn about everything school related, including the unique world of boarding schools. So, recently I asked an online community of boarding school staff members what their favorite part of working at a boarding school is. The feedback was overwhelming.

Directors of Operations, Deans, Administrative Assistants, Directors of Admissions, and Educators all rushed to share their stories of working at boarding schools and what their experiences mean to them. The one theme that each person shared: A sense of community.

Continue Reading...

Topics: Admissions

Re-enrollment today: How electronic forms transform the process

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jan 13, 2015 11:23:28 AM

updated_ESD-146524-editedThe progression of technology over the last fifteen years is incredible. Not long ago, cell phones were a rarity and wireless internet was just becoming a staple in American homes. Fast forward to today and schools have active Twitter accounts while students use iPads to check into the school nurse's office.

We're no strangers to the technology conversation, either. After more than eight years of working directly with schools to help them bring their student health records online, we know that technology has enormous benefits, especially during re-enrollment.

We've seen schools that we work with transform their re-enrollment process by bringing their health and signature-only forms online. So if you're wondering how to make re-enrollment run more smoothly, then you came here at a good time. Let's talk about how electronic forms can change the way you think of re-enrollment.

Continue Reading...

Topics: Technology Admissions

6 Myths about re-enrollment

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Mar 4, 2014 9:18:00 AM

What if I told you re-enrollment could be easier? What if I said you don't have to be buried by paperwork this year? That's exactly what these six myth-busting tips are designed to do: make your life less complicated, and shrink the ever-growing pile of forms sitting on your desk. When you discover the truth behind these myths, you'll not only be amazed, but you'll also breathe a long sigh of relief.

Continue Reading...

Topics: Business Office Admissions

The proof is here: Reminders work!

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Dec 10, 2013 7:47:00 AM

The American Journal of Public Health recently published the results of a collaborative study between the University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Community Health. Under investigation was the responsiveness of parents having their child(ren) immunized for H1N1 when sent a reminder, verses without a reminder. Researchers targeted those parents of high risk children due to other chronic health conditions like asthma or diabetes.Communication

Continue Reading...

Topics: SMR Immunizations Technology School Nurses Admissions

EduTalk Radio Series: The College Lift

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Dec 3, 2013 7:48:00 AM

The college admission process can be one of the most stressful times a student ever encounters. It’s full of uncertainty with the student’s future education, career, and life depending on one fateful envelope in the mail.

Boarding schools teach students how to succeed in college through real-life experiences.Maybe that’s a little over-dramatic, or maybe it’s not. Either way, post-secondary education is a major concern and students will do nearly anything to make sure they are admitted to a top college or university. So what is the best way to be prepared for college admissions and to ensure a spot at the school of your choice? Larry Jacobs, the host of EduTalk Radio, speaks with Peter Upham, Executive Director of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), in a two-part installment to learn more about how boarding schools developed into the legacy that they are today, and how they can give students the extra “umph” needed for college admissions and for a successful college career.

Continue Reading...

Topics: Admissions

Why admissions offices care about student health information

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Nov 21, 2013 9:01:00 AM

I don’t like surprises, and I go to great efforts to avoid them. But some surprises are unavoidable – for example I was surprised to find a significant portion of the school contacts our sales team engages with are admissions directors and counselors. Thankfully this surprise has not caused me to lose any sleep as I become quite cranky when I lose sleep. However, this surprise did spur me to dig deeper into my understanding of an admissions office, and how student health information plays a part in the role of an admissions officer.


While perusing the ISACS website, I found a list of Director of Admission responsibilities. They included:

  • To oversee the program of admissions of new students to the school.
  • To present the school to prospective students and parents, which includes systematic and efficient handling of applications and communication with candidates and their parents; interviews with candidates and their parents; arrangements for admissions testing; securing of necessary student credentials; and communicating final decisions to the appropriate individuals.
  • To oversee the admission office, creation of the admissions budget, and appropriate admissions and marketing materials, mailings and publications.
  • To organize and administer, with the head of school, the Financial Aid Committee, the program for scholarships and financial aid.
  • To evaluate continually and redesign where appropriate all aspects of the admissions and marketing program with the goal of maintaining a capacity enrollment of qualified students and a wait-list of qualified applicants which consist of at least 10% of the maximum class size for each grade.
  • To manage the re-enrollment of current students for the succeeding year.
  • To oversee the network of parents, former parents and alumni to assist in the admissions program.
  • To keep relevant statistics on all aspects of the admission and re-enrollment program.
  • To represent the school at various gatherings and conferences.
  • To perform other duties as assigned by the head of school.
  • To support the school and its leadership.

And that’s when I had to judge myself a little (a lot) for not considering that the reason admissions offices care about health information is in the title itself – admissions. It’s fairly important that admitted students supply schools with health information and conditions. That was sarcasm, it’s actually very important that schools have those details on file. Any department dealing with the enrollment and re-enrollment of students each year will have to address student health information. They’ll have to communicate to parents what is required, how to submit it, and the status of that submission before the student is allowed admission to the school.

Those three items – communication, submission, and status updates – make up a process that may seem simple, but can become something of a bear to handle, and not one of those cute baby Panda Bears that sneezes and causes the world to stop and “awww.” When that process becomes more of an angry Polar Bear fighting for territory and the last seal in sight, the issues impact the admissions office and then spread to the parent experience as well. As we all know, once parents begin talking to one another, and to prospective students’ parents, word spreads quickly. May I suggest, it spreads like wildfire?

The goal for any school is for processes to go as smoothly as possible, so that when word does spread, it reflects well on the school. Thus, the conversations we frequently have with admissions officers about streamlining student health information processes, and easing the burden on all involved, should come as no surprise to me.

And hopefully by now, my over-use of nature metaphors comes as no surprise to you. Honestly though, they make me happier than a pig in mud.

Continue Reading...

Topics: SMR Admissions

Communicating student health information with parents/guardians

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 23, 2013 8:58:00 AM

Recently, I came across a school nursing forum discussing sharing student health information and treatment information with parents. For students under 18 years old, parents and/or guardians might want or need to see this information, and they have a right to do so. So what do school health staff do?

Continue Reading...

Topics: SMR Business Office Athletics School Nurses Admissions

Students and parents are ready to go digital

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Aug 29, 2013 8:39:00 AM

Even with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, iPhones, Androids, tablets, phablets (I promise that’s a word), iPads, iPad minis, Nooks, Kindles, and all other things technical, social and/or media that infiltrate our daily lives – even with all of that, some still think parents and students might not be ready to take their health information and forms digital.

Continue Reading...

Topics: SMR Emergencies Business Office Athletics School Nurses Admissions

Even principals should care about student health information

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jul 10, 2013 8:19:00 AM

Principals, heads of school, and headmasters (moving forward I'll just use the term principal) don’t need to concern themselves with student health information, right? Wrong. They do because they should have oversight of everything that happens in the school and with students. Principals are responsible for setting the tone, vision, and expectations of their school. Part of that is establishing what is important, and the most important thing (despite what testing may convey), is the well-being of students. After that comes academistudent medical recordc performance and all the other things that are, rightfully so, very important. But first and foremost is student well-being.

Continue Reading...

Topics: Liability & Risk Management Business Office School Nurses Admissions

RN Record Review saves time for school nurses

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jun 26, 2013 8:43:00 AM

We've upgraded and enhanced RN Record Review! Our new Document Compliance Assistant service manages all of your record review needs.

Continue Reading...

Topics: SMR School Nurses Admissions