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School Nursing Legal Questions and Answers

by Howard Gerber on January 11, 2018

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school nurse legal questionsWorking as a school nurse is a lot different than other settings, such as a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center. If you’re new to school nursing, you may have some questions about liability and other legal concerns. Below are some common questions and answers regarding school nursing. [continue reading…]

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myths about school physical therapyPhysical therapists often start their career working in a hospital or nursing home. Another career option is working as a school-based therapist with children. If you have not worked as a school-based physical therapist, you might not be sure what to expect. Separating the misconceptions from facts can help you decide if school-based therapy is right for you. [continue reading…]

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OT for cerebral palseyAs an occupational therapist in a school setting, you probably work with children with all types of challenges, such as autism, learning disabilities, and muscular dystrophy. It’s also common for school-based OTs to treat students with cerebral palsy. When working with children with CP, it’s important to keep several things in mind. [continue reading…]

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Occupational Therapy Tools for School-Based Therapists

by Howard Gerber on November 30, 2017

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OT toolsSome students don’t mind having occupational therapy sessions. For other kids, therapy is a chore. Either way, providing therapy with the same old tools or activities can get boring. Students who are bored are often unmotivated. Even children who are enthusiastic about therapy, enjoy a change of pace.

Fortunately, school-based occupational therapists have all types of tools and toys to work on certain goals while still making therapy enjoyable.  Some tools are not just useful during therapy sessions. They can be helpful for teachers in the classroom who work with special needs students. Below are five types of occupational therapy tools you may want to consider. [continue reading…]

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8 Strategies for Less Stress as a School Nurse

by Howard Gerber on November 9, 2017

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school nurse stress managementNursing can be a stressful job at times. If you work as a school nurse, there are also added challenges. In a hospital setting, nurses have the support of other medical staff. In a school, nurses usually are the only medical professionals onsite, which means they have to work well independently.

Fortunately, there are several things a school nurse can do to ease stress including the following: [continue reading…]

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ot therapy boxIf you’re lucky, you have a therapy room or OT gym where you can work with your students. But not all school-based therapists have it so good. Some therapists have to adapt to their environment even if that means they treat students in empty classrooms, the cafeteria, or part of the library. Even if you have a dedicated therapy room, you may be sharing it with speech therapy and PT. You may not have the storage space to keep all your supplies. [continue reading…]

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Balancing Objectivity and Compassion as a School Nurse

by Howard Gerber on September 28, 2017

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compassion objectivity school nurseIf you’re working as a school nurse, you should maintain a balance between compassion and objectivity. If you become too emotionally involved with the children you care for, it can cloud your judgment. But you also don’t want to lose your compassion. For school nurses, a caring and empathetic attitude must be balanced with clinical skills. [continue reading…]

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