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  I have been a Registered Nurse since 1994..  I began working as a school nurse
  in 2006 and went back to college in 2008 to obtain my BSN degree,. In 2009 I 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.
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 at 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 to me as conditions change.
Since West and Foothills are in the same building, I am there most days but I would call first if planning to visit me.
Normally my hours are 8 am - 3 pm.
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  • If your child will need medications at school for the 2018-19 school year, be sure to pick up a new medication form to get completed over the summer.
  • If your child has any remaining medications at school, please be sure to pick these up by 6/12/18. Medications left at school after the 12th will be disposed of.
  • Reminder, that all students entering the 7th-grade are required to get 2 immunizations, MCV and Tdap, within the first 30 days of school.  This year, the last day is September 25th.
  • Please feel free to email me over the summer if your child is diagnosed with something that we may need to address before school starts. I do check emails regularly.  My email is Diana.McEntire@mcdowell.k12.nc.us.  We can work out a time to meet if needed.
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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 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 them 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.
You can access the School Nurse Google Calendar at this site. 
Dates to Remember for Students, and trips
 April 27th--Spring Semi-Formal Dance for students at WMMS.  
May 4th--I need all medication forms and medications in my office for the 7th-grade Nantahala Trip.
May 11th--Ninja team Fun Depot Trip
May 15-16--Hunter Safety trip to the Gun Range.  Make-up day for rain will be the 17th.
Scheduled Times
Nurse Off Campus
April 25th--8 am-noon--Nurses will be in a meeting at Central Office.
April 26-April 29--WMMS/FCS nurse will be out of town.  
REMINDER on Medications
No Student can carry Medications around with them at school unless
An Emergency Medication 
that has been approved by the school nurse.  This is a North Carolina State Law.  Any
student found with an unauthorized medication 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.
Health Forms can be found below.  Please print off as needed and return to the School Nurse Office.