Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

How FERPA applies to school counselors

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jun 8, 2015 2:54:00 PM

**This blog post is not legal advice, nor is it a substitute for legal advice.** 

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Topics: Business Office Compliance School Nurses

NBOA 2015 Recap: 7 Questions Business Officers Should Ask Themselves

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Mar 3, 2015 1:30:00 PM

If you're a business officer, you have a lot on your mind. From budgets and audits to delegating tasks across departments, there's likely no department you don't have contact with, except one: the health center. 

The missing link between the independent school business office and its school health center isn't new - in fact, health centers often feel like an island within their school. But this trend doesn't have to be permanent, nor should it. That's why we're using data from the Annual Report of Independent School Health Services to show why business officers should be concerned about their health center. The result is a list of seven questions every independent school business officer should ask themselves on a daily basis. With these questions, business officers can be better prepared to manage risk, liability, and emergencies at their school.

Allen Cobb, Magnus Health CPO, and Wendy Barnhart, Director of Business and Finance at The Westminster Schools, recently presented these seven questions at the National Business Officers Association Annual Meeting. You can get a recap of that presentation by watching the video below, plus we've compiled all seven questions (plus extra data) right here. 

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Emergencies Business Office

New Year's resolutions at school

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jan 6, 2015 12:03:00 PM

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New Year's resolutions: Overrated or inspiring? For those of us who make resolution lists longer than Tom Clancy novels, they just might be overrated. But, when correctly planned and thoughtfully pursued, it's true that resolutions can bring about real change - and inspire others to do the same.

That's why New Year's resolutions at school are so powerful. When anyone - a student or staff member - takes on positive resolutions, their change can inspire the entire community. But what kind of resolutions should school staff members be making? How can they inspire students to have a productive and fun year? We propose using these six New Year's resolutions that are perfect for schools.

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Topics: Business Office Athletics School Nurses

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

TABS 2014 Recap: Guidelines to success in school health services

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

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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

The Who and How of independent school health services research

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Nov 5, 2014 9:03:00 AM

AnnualReport2014-thumb-400px_1-1In an earlier blog, New research for independent school nurses and health services, we gave an overview of the 2013-14 Annual Report of Independent School Health Services, but the research and annual report wouldn't exist without the people who created it and the people who participated in it. So, without further ado, I present to you, the Who and the How of the annual report.

With advice, input, and direction from an advisory panel of distinguished independent school nurses, the Magnus Health marketing and product teams designed the annual research questionnaire. The panel of six members allowed us to identify and hone in on the topics most important to school health professionals so the information gathered would be as useful as possible.
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Topics: Business Office School Nurses

New research for independent school nurses and health services

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 23, 2014 9:09:00 AM

AnnualReport2014-thumb-400px_1-1We work with school nurses every day and we heard from many of them that they had a desire for information and resources about independent school health services, but the research simply didn't exist. So we set out to change that. Together with a panel of six independent school health professionals, we developed the 2013-14 Annual Research Questionnaire of Independent School Health Services. And now, we're happy to report, the results are in, analyzed, and available to you in the 2013-14 Annual Report of Independent School Health Services.

It's a great read, but let's face it, 32 pages is a lot of info. So, I've distilled it here so you can have a bird's-eye view of the information in 10 minutes or less. Read the short version here for surface details, and download the full version to read when you have a few more minutes on-hand.

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Topics: Business Office School Nurses

4 ways to invest in student safety (without ever spending a dime)

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jul 10, 2014 9:37:00 AM

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Budgets are a sensitive, and stressful, topic in the world of schools. Just about everything comes with a price - from campus security systems to additional staff members. That's why budgeting is a difficult task for the business office. The business office must analyze return on investment for each and every purchase, to ensure it is the right decision for the school. The good news is that there are ways to improve school environments, and to put everyone's minds at ease, without ever worrying about ROI. How? By trying these four ways to invest in student safety. The best part is they are totally and completely free.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management SMR Emergencies Business Office

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.

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Topics: Business Office Admissions

SIS and SMR: What's the difference?

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Nov 14, 2013 8:03:00 AM

We’ve long said a student medical record (SMR) is not the same as a student information system (SIS). We’ve even integrated with a number of SIS platforms because the software is not the same, the focus is not the same, and the end result is not the same. Still, it may prove helpful to consider the features and functionality of both.

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Topics: SMR Business Office Compliance Technology