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Author: Howard Gerber

Why School Nurses are Important

When most people think of a school nurse, they may think of someone who tends to skinned knees and tummy aches. But school nurses do much more than put on Band Aids and pass out cough drops. From administering first aid to ensuring immunization compliance, school nurses perform a wide variety of duties.

Schools often look for ways to cut costs, and school nurses sometimes may find themselves on the chopping block. But without school nurses, there would be a critical gap in services for students and their families. (more…)

Occupational Therapy Burnout: Signs and Prevention

If you already work as a school-based occupational therapist, you probably know how rewarding it can be. Therapists help children reach their academic potential, but that’s not all. They also make a difference in a child’s overall wellbeing.

Although working as a school-based OT is fulfilling, it can also be stressful and has many challenges. Unfortunately, some therapists become burnt-out from the stress. Understanding why burnout occurs and what you can do to prevent it can help you stay on the right track. (more…)

School Nurse Organization Ideas

School nurses know how important it is to keep an accurate health file on each student. Health information that is easily available, up to date and accurate can be lifesaving. Whether your school maintains electronic medical records or paper files, it’s essential to make sure your student files are organized. In addition, keeping your school nurse’s office organized is critical to being able to access information and supplies promptly when they are needed most. 

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Occupational Therapist in Schools: Role, Skills, & Benefits

If you have worked as an occupational therapist in a hospital or rehabilitation center, you know how fulfilling the job can be. But switching gears and working in a school setting can bring additional rewards and benefits.

Occupational therapists are needed in public and private schools to work with children from kindergarten through high school and up to age 21. Therapists may also find employment in early intervention programs working with preschool age children.

School-based occupational therapists focus on addressing educational needs to promote students participation and performance in school. This may involve focusing on sensory and functional needs, as well as social skills. If you’re considering working in schools, learn more about the role, skills required, and many of the benefits to working with children.

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Strategies For Students With ADHD

Whether you’re working as an occupational or speech therapist in a school setting, it can be a challenge to work with kids who can’t sit still. Some children with certain conditions, such as Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder, may have sensory processing issues, which results in a decreased attention span.

In some cases, even children who don’t have a diagnosis of either condition can have trouble remaining still long enough to cooperate and get through therapy. In fact, one of the reasons some kids are referred to occupational therapy is because they have trouble sitting still in class.

Before you can develop strategies to help your students sit still, try to identify the reason behind their inability to focus and learn how to better engage with students who have ADHD. (more…)

Tips For Going Back To School While Working as a Travel Nurse

Once you start working as a healthcare traveler, you may think that means you have to put any plans for future schooling on hold. The good news is that there are plenty of options if you want to further your education on the road. With all the opportunities for online classes, it is possible to earn advanced degrees without stepping foot in a classroom.  Keep in mind, education not only takes a commitment, but it can be expensive. Before you decide if pursing additional education is right for you while you are on a travel assignment, there are several factors to consider. (more…)

Nursing Shortage in the United States & the Demand for Nurses

We live in a country with the third highest population in the world. Over 320 million people live here, and vital to the health and wellbeing of each one of us are the 3.9 million registered nurses who keep our hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices running.

But what does the next five years hold for the profession, and how will the industry deal with an aging population and workforce?

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Six Myths About Working as a School Nurse

If you are considering making a switch and working as a school nurse, you have a lot to consider. Working in a school setting is very different than working in a clinical setting, such as a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center. While it may be nice to work during school hours and possibly have summers and holidays off, school nursing is not a walk in the park.

There are several misconceptions about what a school nurse does and what working in a school involves. Continue reading to separate myths from the facts. (more…)

The Role of Speech and Language Therapists in Schools: 6 Benefits of Speech Therapy in Schools

If you work as a speech therapist, you’re probably already aware of the benefits of working in the profession. Speech therapists play a vital role in helping people overcome various language, speech, and swallowing problems. But if you have only worked in hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes, you might not know about the advantages of working as a school-based speech therapist. (more…)

Eight Healthcare Facilities and Schools that are Giving Back to Their Community

Healthcare facilities and schools are helping people every day. Whether it involves proving medical care or training future healthcare professionals, these schools and health organizations are making a difference. But some healthcare facilities and schools do even more for their community. Below are eight organizations and schools that are giving back to their community in several ways.
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