Pediatrics

Improving the health of mothers living in poverty

Implementing nurse-led healthy lifestyle classes. Takeaways: Mothers experiencing poverty likely have a history of trauma, so healthcare providers should use trauma-informed care. Nurses can collaborate with mothers experiencing homelessness and implement healthy lifestyle classes to...

Asthma education for pediatric patients

What’s a nurse to do without an asthma educator? CNE 1.5 contact Hours Learning Objectives 1. Identify triggers associated with asthma. 2. Discuss medications used to manage asthma. 3. Describe strategies for educating children with asthma and their families and...

Remember the 5 W’s – For now, it’s all we have

We have to ask ourselves, is it safe for school buildings to open this fall? We don’t have a clear answer.  Nevertheless, schools appear to be fearfully moving forward to welcome students back for...

I’m just going to say it: It feels like we’re playing Russian roulette with...

Apoorva Mandavilli, a journalist from the New York Times, graciously interviewed me about what reopening of schools looks like in the midst of a pandemic. The conversation happened in the context of this past week...

COVID-19 pronouncement team

Villa Marie Claire is an inpatient residential hospice facility that is part of Holy Name Medical Center. The Villa is located in northern New Jersey, and our highly trained staff provides care for patients...

Why wear face masks? Explaining COVID-19 to children

Elementary school nurse, Anne Young, created a series of videos for her students and parents to help reduce the stress and disruption of COVID-19. Nurse Young’s Corner is a delightful collection of informative videos...

You are witnessing the death of expertise

Planning for school reopening seems insurmountable, yet, those who are involved in the details continue efforts to keep our students and staff safe. It feels like we are writing plans in the sand, with...

Lead toxicity in children

Assessment and prompt intervention can prevent harm. Takeaways: Lead toxicity can cause behavioral, cognitive, or motor problems in children. Nurses’ role is to educate, monitor, and manage lead toxicity treatment. According to the Centers for Disease...

10 things parents can do now to help prepare children for returning to school

School nurses have been industrious during COVID-19, using innovative skills to do one of the things we do best, providing information for our families. Everyone’s health literacy has been tested through the pandemic. The...

Trending jobs | School nurse

School nursing is an independent specialty practice that combines the best of public health and pediatric nursing. School nurses are responsible for the health and safety of their students, staff, and school community. The...

An open letter to my school nursing students

Teaching school nursing during COVID-19 has created challenges that forced me to pivot my course and take a 5-day intensive retreat-style experience and make it remote learning. It is a bit like being a...

A COVID-19 story

There was little information about COVID-19 when the pandemic began, but one important piece of information we did have was that the virus was not causing children to become critically ill. This particular fact...

Be alert for Kawasaki disease

Early detection is key to avoiding heart disease. Takeaways: If Kawasaki disease (KD) is recognized and treated early, children can recover quickly with a decreased chance of developing long-term complications and heart disease. Heart disease...