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Welcome to the Nurses Corner. On this site, you will be able to find out what is going on related to health at my schools.  I will try to keep a calendar of events and things for you to look for each month.  I also have included to the right of this page, forms you may need throughout the year for health concerns with your child.  Please feel free to download these and sent into me as conditions change.
Since West and Foothills are in the same building, I am there most days
Normally my days are as follows:  8 am - 3 pm
A little about myself:  I have been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years.  I began working as a school nurse in 2006.  I went back to college in 2008 to obtain my BSN degree and then became a Certified School Nurse.  I have worked in many different schools, but West Middle has always been one of them.  This year again I am again at West Middle along with Foothills Community School.  I love working with the Middle School, aged kids.  Still young enough to want to learn, and old enough to see its importance.  My quote is: " You can't educate people that are not healthy.  But you certainly can't keep them healthy if they're not educated." -Jocelyn Elders-.  I believe this is so true.  My goal is for your child to remain healthy and be able to attend every day possible to learn.  Let me know how I can help.
Well, it's that time of year again and new Medical Forms will be coming home with your child first day.  It is very important that I know of any health concerns so that we can work on plans to cover any needs.  We then can decide what is important for your child's teachers to know in case of needs or emergencies. Please take the time to fill out the Health Update form and return as soon as possible.  Also remember that any type of medication taken at school, during sports or on field trips, must have a Medication Authorization form on file in the school nurse's office. This form can be found in the list on the right side under Medications.  Fill free to download it and make as many copies as needed to take to you child's physician. Also if you child needs a specific health plan on file, they can be found in the list to the right.  Download and print off what you need.
Middle School Brings Changes.... Especially Odors....
Moving up to Middle school brings lots of changes to your child's life.  New school, new schedules, new friends and new smells.  As your young child is growing into a young lady or man, their body is also changing.  As puberty kicks in new odors develop.  Sweat glands go into overdrive, especially with daily PE Classes.  It is important that all students bathe daily and wear clean clothes.  Teaching them now how to do this is important.  At this age, students should know how to keep themselves clean, wash their hair, brush their teeth and use deodorant.  It is also a good time to start teaching how to wash their clothes.  We suggest they keep an extra deodorant in their lockers and even possibly a change of clothes.  Accidents do happen and we may not have anything available in their size.  I do keep in the nurse's office extra supplies such as deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, lotions, soaps and feminine products.  They are in bins/baskets just inside my door.  Students can drop in and get whatever they need at any time.  We also have a clothes closet downstairs with some items.  Counselors can take them down to look if needed.  This being said, please don't hesitate to ask for things, if you have needs at home.  We all have been through times of needs in our lives.  We are there for your child in all situations.  Just give us a call.
REMINDER on Medications
No Student can carry Medications around with them at school unless it is an Emergency Medication that has
been approved by the school nurse.
This is a North Carolina State Law.  A student found with
any unauthorized medications on them can get up to 1
year of suspension from school.  Also note that teachers and staff cannot give your child Tylenol, Ibuprofen or anything else not even if the parent calls them.  To do so
is against the law and could cost them their job.  
Please Do Not Ask.
Dates to Remember
January 12th--Nurse will be off campus at a meeting most of the day.
January 15th--Martin Luther King Holiday, NO SCHOOL
January 22nd --Teacher Workday-I will be here if you need to see me. 
February 9th--Nurse will off campus at a meeting most of the day.