Nurse's Blog

I am Jennifer Foster, a registered nurse with certification in the State of Illinois in School Nursing and am the Parkside School Nurse. I am assisted by a health services secretary, Joyce Potts. In my absence either Terry Cochran, R.N., LHS/Parkview School Nurse covers Parkside and/or Sharon Buchanan, R.N. substitues for me. I hope to provide parents and teachers with health information and ways to achieve health care in the school setting by using this site.

The following are things I do as a School Nurse:

1. Provide health care services

  • Provide short-term care for students' acute injuries, illnesses, or crisis interventions (such as flu or bruises)
  • Provide long term care for students' with chronic health condition (such as asthma or diabetes
  • Administer medication (such as insulin or inhalers)
  • Perform required health care procedures (such as catheterizations and tube feedings

2. Promote health care education

  • Provide health care instructions or information (e.g., education about proper handwashing)
  • Counsel students on social-emotional issues (e.g., support a student with a health problem who is concerned about how he or she will be accepted by his or her peers.)

3. Take initiative in providing health care services

  • Develop emergency plans and train staff to carry out plans (e.g., instruction on use of an emergency insect sting kit)
  • Delegate care according to applicable laws and policies (e.g. train, supervise and evaluate other school personnel to carry out some health care services such as an aid to encourage deep coughing for a wheelchair bound student)

4. Screen and refer students for health conditions

  • Perform or arrange for activites such as vision, hearing, posture or body mass-index screening
  • Conduct overall health assessment

5. Promote a healthy school environment

  • Monitor immunization records to assure compliance with State requirements and that students have protection from diseases as recommended by the Center of Disease Control
  • Report communicable disease, such as chickenpox, as required by law
  • Moinitor the school's physical environment (e.g., playground safety)
  • Monitor the school's emotional enviorment (e.g., the social and emotional well-being of students)

6. Assume leadership for health policies and programs

  • Promote programs and policies that positiviely affect stuent health
  • Assist in the development of health curriculuum
  • Engage in the evaluation of helath policies for the school district

7. Advocate for students with disabilities who have special health care needs

  • Coordinate school and community health care services
  • Communicate regularly with families and community health care providers
  • Partcipate in team meetings to plan for care (e.g., medication procedure meetings, IEP or 504 meetings)
  • Participate in home visits, if needed.

The Flu is Here

posted Feb 14, 2017, 11:47 AM by Jayel Seitzinger

The LCHD sent this information with a note saying: THE FLU IS HERE. Please look over this information to protect yourself, your family, and students.

Upcoming Immunization Clinics

posted May 5, 2016, 7:35 AM by Brandon Stewart

Click the link below to see the flyer.


posted Oct 27, 2014, 8:10 AM by Jennifer Foster   [ updated Mar 6, 2015, 8:27 AM ]

Illness & Attendance

Children need to feel well to learn.  While every cold, ache and cough shouldn’t keep your child home, sometimes being in school is not wise. A frequent cough can be exhausting for your child and a distraction to the class.

If your child is running a fever (100 degrees or above), has diarrhea, vomiting or an unexplained rash, they should not come to school that day.  Your child must be fever-free, without medication, for 24 hours before he/she returns to school. Must be vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Please remember that your child cannot be dismissed to anyone who is not listed on the emergency card.

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