• 54°

Thank a school nurse! Their day is May 9

Recognition is due for 11 local women on May 9, National School Nurse Day.

This day “shows appreciation and recognizes the impact school nurses have on our students and staff,” Bonnie Davis said. She works as the district’s nursing supervisor and at Bob Jones High School.

Each day, school nurses see students with acute and chronic illnesses, injuries, along with promoting healthy habits and lifestyles. ” We use our professional judgment and knowledge to discern if a student is sick and should be at home or school,” Davis said.

Along with Davis, registered nurses in Madison City Schools are Laura Dickinson, Columbia; Lisa Harmon, Horizon; Linda Haney, Madison; Faith Aderholt, Mill Creek; Kara Koler, Rainbow; Aimee Allen, West Madison; Kelly Brewer, Discovery; Benita Tunstill, Liberty; Nancy Bocchino, Bob Jones and system-wide health educator; and licensed practical nurse Pam Peppers, Heritage.

Gone are the days when parents send a note with medication in a baggie, Davis said. Nurses must follow strict guidelines from the State Department of Education and Alabama Board of Nursing.

However, school nurses can administer most prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, including injections, with physician and parental authorization. Stomach aches, headaches and sore throats are the most common complaints.

At Bob Jones, Bocchino and Davis treat nosebleeds, panic/anxiety attacks, hunger, sunburns and rashes. They provide blood pressure checks, two tube feedings and 10 daily medications.

Peppers prefers her job, compared to working for a doctor. Typically, Peppers assists students with asthma, seizures, allergic reactions, mental health issues, diabetes and head lice.

Koler didn’t choose school nursing. “It choose me. What a great job it has been.” A mother of five, she values working at her children’s school. Koler sees 60-80 children daily. Working for doctors, she responded to 3-5 people simultaneously. That number now is 700 people daily.

Before school, Tunstill is preparing daily medications. By 7:30 a.m., the clinic opens. Her favorite complaint is “‘I don’t feel good’ as they get off the bus.”

Dickinson administers about 10 medicines daily and cares for two diabetics. As time permits, she works on blue cards, health assessments and care plans.

“I chose the path of school nurse to be one-on-one with the kids,” Allen said. “I love being close to the parents on a personal level, too.”

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mustang Mud Run- “Mud Head To Toe”

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mattress Sale To Aid James Clemens Football Program

Bob Jones High School

Madison Visionary Partners awards 5 Community Impact Grants

James Clemens High School

Students Neyan Sezhian, Erik Wu originate James Clemens Math Tournament

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones bests rival James Clemens in Game 1 of weekend series

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 17, 2024

Events

Check out the 2024-25 edition of “Explore Huntsville-Madison”

Bob Jones High School

Business, Army groups offer scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Optimists award teacher grants, essay winners

Liberty Middle School

Kristen Brown named finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year

Madison

Journey Math Team makes mark in 2 tourneys

Bob Jones High School

Artwork by Charity Stratton on exhibit at library

Harvest

Madison City Community Orchestra to present ‘Eroica’ on April 20-21

Events

Orion Amphitheater kicks off its third concert season tonight

James Clemens High School

James Clemens HOSA overshadows conference competitors

Harvest

It’s Spring! Plant sale returns to Huntsville Botanical Garden

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC aces first try at obstacle course

Discovery Middle School

Clifton, Francois earn grants to enhance study of German

Bob Jones High School

Fantasy Playhouse summer camps to open in Madison

Discovery Middle School

Hogan Family YMCA to celebrate Healthy Kids Day

Bob Jones High School

Students in grades 3-5 to compete in Bob Jones Science Challenge

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

James Clemens Football Hosting Annual Mattress Sale

James Clemens High School

James Clemens baseball hot at the right time

Discovery Middle School

Register for Summer Spotlight Theatre Camp at James Clemens

x