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

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

NurseTrentPicClient Profile 
  • 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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April wrap-up

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Apr 30, 2015 10:28:05 AM

April just might be the perfect month. It's filled with sunny days and cool, breezy nights. Even better, you can feel the excitement of summer's fast-approaching days in the air. We're feeling that same excitement, because we're gearing up for one of our busiest yet most exciting seasons. As schools wind down for summer break, we're charging full steam ahead.

Take a look at what we've been up to!

At a Glance

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Keeping the books [Employee Spotlight]

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Apr 29, 2015 10:46:30 AM

Sam_Yaworski-718052-editedThere's a vital, but often unseen world in business that most of us can't understand no matter how hard we try. It involves long numbers, decimals, spreadsheets, and complex formulas, and it usually makes my head hurt.

That special and scary world is Finance, and we're lucky enough to have a stellar Finance Team at Magnus Health who keeps us on track and makes sure that all the numbers (quite literally) add up.

One member of that team is Sam Yaworski, our Financial Analyst who manages a lot of nitty gritty tasks like invoices and closing the books. Her day-to-day may not be glamorous to you and me, but for someone who loves spreadsheets and organization, Sam is right at home.

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

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

KathyFinneyClient Profile 
  • 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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March wrap-up

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Mar 30, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Welcome back! As we all get back into the swing of things after Spring Break, let's take a minute to bask in the awesomeness that was March. We saw dabbles of warm weather, released exciting software updates (have you seen the student photo feature?), and behind the scenes, we're still busy coordinating the 2014-2015 Annual Research Questionnaire of Independent School Health Services. Let's dive in!

At a Glance

  • 29 Magnus employees bowled their hearts out during our Spring Teambuilding Day.
  • We celebrated Pi Day with real, delicious pie and a surprise math test (yikes!).
  • Guest presenter Karen Gregory joined us for her second guest webinar, HIPAA and FERPA in a School Setting.
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100% health form compliance for pre-season athletics

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

SMS-logo-blue-1-300x44Client Profile 
  • 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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A pioneer in the world of K-12 health software [Employee Spotlight]

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Mar 12, 2015 2:22:00 PM

Allen-Cobb-landing-pageYou've probably heard us talk about Magnus Health's Chief Product Officer, Allen Cobb, before. In fact, you may have even met Allen in person. You can easily find him presenting the Annual Report at conferences, leading sessions at Magnus Academy, or visiting with one of our integration partners. 

Allen wears all sorts of hats at Magnus, but one thing is for sure: He's an innovative guy with a talent for creating big ideas. But don't let his go-getter attitude fool you. Allen also likes to have fun, and you can usually find him cracking dad jokes or showing off his 1980's dance moves in between meetings.

But before we get into that, let's start at the beginning.

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February wrap-up

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Feb 27, 2015 11:54:39 AM

Ah, February. Sandwiched between holidays and springtime, it can be a bit dreary. But we've been keeping ourselves busy and creating our own cheer by pushing out new software updates, recording client training videos, and hosting guest expert webinars. And if that wasn't enough, we also found time to relax and celebrate Valentine's day with each other by bringing in heart-healthy snacks named after famous couples (Elvis and Priscilla's peanut butter and banana graham crackers was a personal favorite). We had fun during February, and we sure hope you did, too.

At a Glance

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

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

PortsmouthAbbeyLogoClient Profile 
  • 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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Lessons learned from the 2015 Academy Awards

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 23, 2015 1:05:00 PM

I'm not going to pretend that The Oscars has an enormous amount in common with school health. But I will argue, there are lessons to be learned and/or reiterated from the glamorous affair - and none of them are about fashion.

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