Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

A Happy (and Healthy) New Year

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Dec 17, 2013 8:28:00 AM

Enjoy the holidays with active family timeLeading up to the holidays, it’s easy to find yourself getting more and more relaxed. Homework, work, extra responsibilities, and even self-care fall to the wayside, and all the eggnog, sugar cookies, and lack of sleep add up, making you feel sluggish and championed by the season. But as the weather gets colder and another year approaches, this is the time when it’s most important to look after your health. Why? Because setting the stage with healthy habits now, during the most demanding season, means next year is sure to be a success.

That’s why, starting in January, I’ll be writing a series of Health Tool Kits to help everyone –teachers, nurses, students, and parents – ease into a new year. These kits will have tips for living and feeling well, and developing a healthy school atmosphere. We’re not going to call them New Year’s resolutions, though, mostly because 88% of all New Year’s resolutions fail (let’s be honest, we’ve all been a part of that statistic), but also because we approach things a little differently here at Magnus. We believe improving is a part of every single day, and we want to share that philosophy. One of our conference rooms is even named “improve” – that’s how serious we are about it.

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Topics: Health Trends School Nurses Camp

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?

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Topics: SMR Business Office Athletics School Nurses Admissions Camp

Upcoming webinar: Keeping campers safe

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Sep 17, 2013 8:39:00 AM

Keeping campers safe – not only is it a part of every camp’s mission, it’s a necessity. I wrote previously on preparing for injuries and allergies in an effort to protect campers. But another aspect of keeping campers safe is administering medication if and when needed. But with an increasing number of medications and complexity of needs among camp populations, the entire process is becoming more complicated. Medications include prescriptions as well as over the counter drugs, so how do camp nurses and health staff keep campers safe with so many campers, medications, variables, and specific administration requirements?camp medication

I had the same question, so I called on Nurse Alice Kimble. As a camp nurse, she has the knowledge and experience to provide insight on keeping campers safe, and to discuss the changes over the years that have added to the complexity of medications and administration.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management SMR Emergencies Athletics School Nurses Camp

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.

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Business Office Athletics School Nurses Admissions Camp

Health & safety essential to camp mission

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Aug 21, 2013 8:52:00 AM

I hear it again and again – no two camps are identical. I get it, it makes sense. But there is one thing all camps share – the desire to promote and protect their mission. Whether explicitly laid out, or implied, that mission likely includes something along the lines of keeping campers healthy and safe. Even back in 1861 when The Gunnery Camp was founded, I’m willing to betCamp that health and safety were a concern – they had to be with activities including hiking, boating, fishing, and trapping. Yes, trapping. (Something tells me this camp wasn’t for the faint of heart or stomach.) 

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Topics: Camp