Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Simplify state audits with SMR [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jul 1, 2015 1:41:00 PM

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  • School: Trinity School
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Type: Age 3 – Grade 6 Private Coed Day
  • Size: 640 students
  • Website: trinityatl.org

As is required for any school in Georgia, Trinity School routinely undergoes Public Health audits of their student immunization records. To accommodate the auditor, Nurse Debbie Bright used to make paper copies of the immunization records, divide them by grade level, and place them in a ring binder. That binder would then be given to the assessor to review page by page.

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Topics: SMR School Nurses Client Success Stories

Save time with streamlined record collection [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jun 4, 2015 8:59:00 AM

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  • School:Waring School
  • Location: Beverly, MA
  • Type:K-12 Private Day School
  • Size: 150 students
  • Website: waringschool.org

When Waring School mailed required student health forms to parents each summer, those forms were returned to the school via traditional mail. Nurse Jan Lindsay then spent the two weeks prior to the start of school organizing piles of paperwork, making a list of those students with missing forms, and then contacting those students’ parents. “It involved a lot of chasing down of families via email. As the beginning of school approached, we then went to the phones,” Lindsay said.

DSC_03792Even with those efforts, there were some parents who waited until the very last day, when Waring School left for their annual camping trip in New Hampshire. “That was the worst – dealing with forms and medication instructions as we were trying to load up the vans and get ourselves to camp,” Lindsay said. Each year, these same issues resurfaced and the receptionist frequently had to assist in making phone calls as well, making it difficult to tally just how much time the cumbersome process consumed.

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Topics: SMR School Nurses Client Success Stories

Protecting your nursing license, from a military academy perspective [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 5, 2015 11:28:00 AM

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  • Name: Trent Inman
  • Job Title: Registered Nurse
  • School: Oak Ridge Military Academy
  • Location: Oak Ridge, NC
  • Type: Grades 7-12 Private, Co-ed military academy
  • Size: 90 students
  • Website: oakridgemilitary.com

 


When Trent Inman first joined Oak Ridge Military Academy, he was stepping into the unknown. He didn’t have a military background, instead, he’d come from a cardio surgery step-down unit in a hospital. He went from treating very sick patients to treating cadets with ordinary illnesses to injuries incurred because of physical training. “It was different for me because the cadets would get in trouble for something, and their discipline was to do extra PT, and then they’d come to me because they’d have huge blisters and other injuries, and that type of approach was creating more work for me.”

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Topics: SMR School Nurses Client Success Stories

Simple parent experience and 100% compliance [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 1, 2015 9:22:00 AM

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  • Name: Kathy Finney
  • Job Title: Associate Director of Communications
  • School: Norfolk Academy
  • Location: Norfolk, VA
  • Type: K-12 Private
  • Size: 1,200 students
  • Website: norfolkacademy.org

Kathy Finney has worked as an administrator at Norfolk Academy for 20 years. In that time, she has seen the importance of data grow from necessary business information to a strategic communications tool. Having worked with all of the data-dependent departments that help our institutions function and grow, Kathy has an unrivaled understanding of best practices of data collection and sharing across campus. 


Norfolk Academy struggled with collecting health and immunization information from parents each year. When they moved to Magnus to solve that problem, “we were trying to find a solution to make things easy for parents and for us,” said Kathy Finney, Associate Director of Communications. When Norfolk Academy initially launched Magnus, it was after they’d already collected all the information from parents. So, "there was confusion as to why we were asking for information that had already been submitted. We got off to a rocky start,” Finney said, but with a few lessons learned and alterations made, parents are catching on, and Finney and her team have seen the results in 100% compliance.

So how did they make things easy on parents and get 100% compliance?

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Compliance School Nurses Client Success Stories

100% health form compliance for pre-season athletics

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 24, 2015 9:48:00 AM

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  • Name: Stacy Finley
  • Job Title: Nurse & Director of Binder Health Center
  • School: Saint Mary's School
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Type: Grade 9-12, Private Boarding & Day School for Girls
  • Size: 250 students
  • Website: www.sms.edu

7462_10151839129577029_1694009627_nThe nurses at Saint Mary’s School spent countless hours collecting, reviewing, and tracking the required documentation for nearly 250 students. Seven forms per student meant 1,750 forms had to be manually tracked using a spreadsheet, and hundreds of reminder phone calls had to be made.

While some students arrived early for pre-season athletics with all required documents in hand, some others did not have all of their information completed and were trying to move into student housing. This forced school staff members to scramble to complete forms, contact families, and occasionally take students to doctor’s appointments.

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Topics: SMR Compliance School Nurses Client Success Stories

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

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

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  • 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: portsmouthabbey.org

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

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: hebronacademy.org

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

Simplifying and improving processes for international students [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jan 27, 2015 10:09:00 AM

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  • Name: Debra Bond
  • Job Title: Student Health Center Director
  • School: The Cheshire Academy
  • Location: Cheshire, CT
  • Type: Grade 8 - PG, Coed College Preparatory Boarding & Day School
  • Size: 400 students (163 international, 260 boarders)
  • Website: cheshireacademy.org

Debra Bond, MSN, PPCNP-BC, APRN has been the Director of the Cheshire Academy Richmond Center since 2004 and the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Academy since 2001.  As the Director and Nurse Practitioner, she assesses, diagnoses and manages minor episodic illnesses and injuries and helps manage and coordinate care for students with chronic illnesses, with emphasis in health promotion and disease prevention.  She works with a team of health professionals and faculty to provide primary and episodic healthcare for 400 domestic and international boarding and day students, including those with a variety of chronic illnesses. This team helps students attain and maintain their optimal level of health and wellness, by addressing their physical, emotional and social health needs.

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Compliance Technology School Nurses Client Success Stories

Adding faculty emergency information to Magnus [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jan 14, 2015 10:09:00 AM

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Client Profile 
  • Name: Ashley McCauley
  • Job Title: Health and Wellness Director
  • School: The Westminster School
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Type: K-12 Private, Day School
  • Size: 1,856 students
  • Website: westminster.net

Prior to joining Westminster as the Director of Health & Wellness, Ashley worked at Scottish Rite Hospital, where she served as a registered nurse in the Aflac Blood Disorder and Cancer Center. Prior to working at Scottish Rite, she was a nurse in pediatric hematology-oncology in South Bend, IN, and her hometown of Greenville, SC. Ashley received her nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia.

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Compliance Technology School Nurses Client Success Stories

Remote access broadens SMR benefits [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jun 3, 2014 8:37:00 AM

Client Profile Rona_Dickman

  • Name: Rona Dickman
  • Title: Nurse
  • School: Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
  • Location: Livingston, NJ
  • Type: Co-educational Yeshiva day school
  • Size: 751 students
  • Website: jkha.org

Rona Dickman has served as a school nurse at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy for the past seven years, addressing injuries and illnesses for students in grades pre-K through 12. She also sees students with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and severe food allergies, and performs screens for height/weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing and scoliosis, as well as ensures all students are up-to-date with their immunizations. She enjoys working together with the students and parents to ensure the students’ optimal health in school.

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Compliance Technology School Nurses Client Success Stories