Pediatrics

A late night message, “Robin, I have one child left. What should we do...

I received this text message in the early morning hours during one of my many sleepless nights grappling with how to safely reopen school. Nelba, the mom who asked this question, is from Sandy...

School nursing—Always student-centered

Leading and innovating on the frontlines of the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic challenges school nurses to continue providing health services when schools are closed and as they re-open. During this health crisis, school nurses are...

The Relentless School Nurse shares thoughts on COVID-19 with Johnson & Johnson

My goal when I started The Relentless School Nurse blog was to contribute to amplifying the voice of school nursing. With that in mind, I am super excited to share that on Tuesday, September...

Transform trauma with ACEs Sciences Film Festival & follow-up discussions

ACES Connection, The Relentless School Nurse, and the Center For Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) has joined forces to create a trauma-informed virtual film festival! Our program will run quarterly through June of 2021. We will feature...

COVID has come to school & our cupboards are bare

I recently spoke to Joel Rose of NPR about the on-going struggle for school nurses to get the necessary PPE. The article and the audio clip are available here: Yep, Masks And Protective Gear Are Still Hard To Get...

Let’s rehearse lunchtime at school during COVID-19

Partnering with parents will never be more consequential than this coming school year. The incredible team at FAACT: Food Allergy Anaphylaxis & Connection Team has created guidance for parents to help children prepare for the changes...

When nurses see unsafe practices, we speak out and sometimes we resign

I give credit to GA school nurse Amy Westmoreland, who was so concerned over the lack of public health mitigation strategies in her school, she took a stand and resigned from her position. Listen...

Coronavirus House Calls: Back to School Edition

Big shout out of appreciation to CBS42 and their 200 affiliates who carried this special episode of Coronavirus House Calls: Back to School. I was honored to be a panelist and answered some very interesting...

Hot off the press!

Have you ever jumped in the deep end of the pool? That’s how I felt when I was invited to co-edit the latest edition of the School Nursing Certification Review book with Janice Selekman,...

Safety, health, and back-to-school plans in a pandemic with Robin Cogan & A Better...

My heart is full, thank you to @CissyWhite and my friends at @ACEsConnection for inviting me to participate in this important conversation about Health, Safety, and Back-to-School Plans. Parents and students are living with a lot of uncertainty...

It has taken a pandemic to understand the importance of school nurses

After learning about The Woodhull Study Revisited, which revealed the alarming lack of nurses voices as primary sources for health related news stories, I started collecting  news headlines about school nursing.  Unfortunately, they typically included bandaids...

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...