Fast Facts for the School Nurse: School Nursing in a Nutshell

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Springer Publishing Company, Jul 22, 2011 - Medical - 240 pages

"Fast Facts for the School Nurse is a comprehensive guide to school nursing. It compiles any and all information a new school nurse could possibly need, all in one easy and accessible place. This guide is, as promised, a way to quickly glean needed information about confusing and unexpected situations that may arise in the course of duty as a school nurse."--Advance for Nurses

"Fast Facts for the School Nurse is a virtual compendium of situations that school nurses encounter in their practice. It will direct school nurses to the answers for many questions and to wiser counsel when a dilemma seems unsolvable. It is a reference for school nurses authored by a school nurse of publically acclaimed distinction who brings a lifetime of experience to these pages."

Lucille A. Joel, RN, EdD, FAAN

Rutgers, College of Nursing

This concise handbook provides quick access to all of the information that new and more experienced school nurses need to perform their duties competently and efficiently. Organized for ease of use, it offers guidelines for the range of daily tasks, nursing responsibilities, and clinical protocols needed for safe management of common childhood illnesses, accidents, and emergencies.

The book covers legal and ethical issues, documentation requirements, guidelines for managing acute and chronic conditions, behavior problems, gender issues, disaster planning, infectious disease control, delivery of culturally appropriate care, drug abuse, and teen parenting. A key asset for the busy school nurse is the prioritization of tasks and responsibilities. This handy reference is designed for new nurses entering the field or transitioning from a hospital setting, as well as experienced school nurses.

Key Features:

  • Presents guidelines and management protocols for commonly occurring childhood disorders, accidents, and emergency situations
  • Prioritizes tasks and responsibilities
  • Alerts the school nurse to high risk legal issues and includes requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act
  • Includes a "Special Health Issues" section focusing on today's most prevalent health situations


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About the author (2011)

Janice Loschiavo, MA, RN, NJ-CSN, is an adjunct instructor at William Paterson University Graduate Nursing Division and serves as a field supervisor for New Jersey City University. She had 26 years of experience as a school nurse before retiring from those positions in 2007. Ms. Loschiavo has received recognition for excellence both in teaching and as a school nurse, including the New Jersey Distinguished Alumni Award (2014), the Governor's Teacher Recognition Award in 2006-2007, the nominee for Disney Teacher of the Year (2002), the New Jersey State School Nurse of the Year (1994-1995), the Bergen County School Nurse of the Year (1994-1995), and the state nominee for National School Nurse of the Year (1994-1995). While a school nurse, she was responsible for participating in Child Study Team meetings, maintaining health records, conducting health screenings, and providing first aid to students; teaching health classes; conducting faculty in-service training (anaphylaxis, child abuse, and first aid); organizing health fairs; running workshops for teachers and parents; and serving as liaison to the Division of Youth and Family Services. Ms. Loschiavo is the author of Fasts Facts for the School Nurse, now in its third edition, and contributed to Health Counseling: A Microskills Approach for Counselors, Educators, and School Nurses, Second Edition, edited by Richard Blonna. Mrs. Loschiavo also wrote and published Life's Lessons for Children, which provides character education lesson plans for students K-12.

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