Emily Parkhurst BSN RN

Office hours: Monday- Friday 7:30-3:30

School Nurse Cell phone: 541-297-6011

School Nurse Direct Phone Number: 541-267-1472

Health Room & School Nursing Services

School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes students health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.

Surge in illnesses

In response to Oregon’s acute shortage of pediatric intensive care beds, state health officials recommend that people:

  • Stay home when sick.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow, or with a tissue that you immediately throw away after use.

  • Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces, including doorknobs, faucets, chairs, countertops and tables.

  • Regularly wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing into a tissue.

  • Get a flu shot and stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including new bivalent boosters. There is no vaccine for RSV.

  • Consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces.

State health officials are working with hospitals to bring additional nurses into Oregon from out of state. OHA officials also are pursuing health care volunteers through Serv-OR, the state’s emergency volunteer registry. In addition, OHA is providing hospitals with recent legislatively appropriated funds to aid staffing.

What does that mean for Coos Bay School District? It’s simple, if your child is sick, keep them home.

While school age children and school staff may not have the same risk of severe illness or hospitalization, respiratory disease spreads easily in school settings and students and staff can take the illness home to younger siblings and older family members who are at risk.


Upcoming events

Vision screening:

Millicoma 10/27

Eastside 10/24

Hearing screening: for Kindergarten- 3rd grade and any new 4th-6th graders.

Millicoma:10/12

Eastside:9/29

Dental Screenings:

Eastside: December 5th and 6th April 17th and 18th

Millicoma: January 23rd, 24th, 25th May 1st and 2nd

Health Fun from the Nurse:

Henry The Hand Handwashing and virus prevention

Parents, Did You Know?

Early childhood tooth decay has become the most common chronic childhood disease, impacting more children than asthma. According to the ADA, more than 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they reach Kindergarten. Additionally, kids who suffer from poor oral health are three times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain

What do school nurses really do?

•Keep students healthy, safe, and ready to learn•Chronic disease Case management•Medication Administration•Support students, family, and the school community•Disease prevention/Surveillance•Food Allergy Management•Screenings, referral, and follow up•Health education & promotion

What do we do when there are no Students?

  • Health education development and planning
  • Communication with education staff
  • Collaborate with community medical partners
  • Update and revise medical plans
  • Provide health trainings for staff
  • Coordinate medical services and screening

Past Events