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Welcome to the Nurse's Office. The corporation nurse is Terri Carter, RN, BSN, MA. Mrs. Carter is a graduate of Marion College, Ball State University, and Ivy Tech State College. She is certified in CPR by the American Heart Association.  Mrs. Carter is serving NES.

Amy Atkinson, LPN is the corporation's part-time nurse.  She is a graduate of Ivy Tech State College.  Mrs. Atkinson is the nurse serving NMS and NHS.

Our goal is to assist you in meeting the health needs of your student!
Important Information for Parents and Students!
Colds vs Flu

Tis the season for colds, cough & flu...


Sometimes it is hard to know if your child has the flu or a cold.  Below is a chart to help you know the difference between the two.







 Usually present



 Usual, often severe



 Fairly common



 Moderate to severe

 Sudden symptoms

 Symptoms appear gradually

 Symptoms can appear within 3-6 hours


 Hacking, productive cough

 Dry, unproductive cough




 Stuffy nose



 Sore throat



 Chest discomfort

 Mild to moderate

 Often severe





To learn more, go to www.flufacts.com


Remember, your child should stay at home until they have NO fever, diarrhea, or vomiting for 24 hours.


If your child needs to bring cough drops to take at school, you need to send a signed medication permission form and the medication. 

Starting August 2014, all seniors will be required to receive an additional dose of the meningitis vaccine BEFORE starting school in the fall.

Please schedule those appointments NOW so that your student will be fully immunized by the first day of school.

I will be sending reminders home as this semester progresses.

Mrs. Carter, RN
Changes in Immunizations Required for Jr-Sr High School
The following additional  immunizations are now required for all students in grades 6-12:
  • Tdap vaccine given on or after 10th birthday
  • 1 dose of Menactra (meningitis vaccine)
  • 2 doses of Varicella vaccine (if no history of chickenpox disease)

Starting in the fall of 2014, it is required that all seniors also get a meningitis booster vaccine.

All immunizations must be up-to-date by the first day of the school year.  Please make appointments early to ensure that your student is fully immunized before school starts in the fall. Students with incomplete immunizations may be subject to exclusion until immunizations are complete.

Immunizations may be given by your healthcare provider.  Please send a copy of your child's immunization record to the school nurse.
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Medication at School

Every attempt should be made to administer all medication at home. In the event medication does need to be given at school, guidelines must be followed. A medication permit (signed according to guildelines) MUST be on file for ANY medication, including but not limited to, inhalers, cough drops, and pain relievers, given OR carried to school.  See "Medication Permit" below.  A new permit is required for each school year.

The nurse does NOT stock any medication for student use, including pain or fever reliever or cough drops. You must send it in the original container, labeled with student's name, to be kept in the nurse's office.

Emergency Contact Information
Please remember to notify the school with changes in your phone numbers, as well as emergency contact information. In the event of an emergency, we need to be able to contact you as soon as possible. Incorrect numbers can delay this.
January Health News
January is National Blood Donor Month

Why Donate Blood? 

A blood donation truly is a “gift of life” that a healthy individual can give to others in their community who are sick or injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives.

From one unit of blood, red blood cells can be extracted for use in trauma or surgical patients. Plasma, the liquid part of blood, is administered to patients with clotting problems. The third component of blood, platelets, clot the blood when cuts or other open wounds occur, and are often used in cancer and transplant patients. Cryoprecipitated anti-hemophilic factor (AHF) is also used for clotting factors.

In a recent study supported by the National Blood Foundation (TRANSFUSION 2002;42:122S), more than 5,000 individuals who were current blood donors at the time or who had given blood in the past were asked why they donate blood. Nearly three-quarters of the respondents said that they give blood to help others. Respondents also said that giving blood makes them feel good about themselves; supports their local communities and hospitals; supports their community culture; and “pays back” society for the times when they or their families have needed blood transfusions in the past.

For information about donating blood, click here.

S.T.O.P. (Stop Taking on Pounds)

Reid Hospital offers a weight managemnet program for school-aged children and adolescents.  By learning more about eating right, exercising and choosing healthy liefstyles, children and adolescents can reach their weight management goals.

STOP uses a family approach to weight management.  For 12 weeks, participants ages 7-17 attend weekly sessions with at least one parent or guardian.  With the guidance of these health professionals and the support of a positive environment, your child can become physically and emotionally healthier.

The program has an initial one-time assessment fee.  This charge will be billed to your insurance company or Medicaid.

For more information, call Reid's Diabetes and Nutrition Education at 765-983-3423.

Need Help with Food?

See list of available food pantries in Wayne County.

When to Keep Your Child Home
Many times it is difficult for parents to decide whether or not their child is sick enough to stay home. For important guidelines, click on link below.
All Students...Information about Meningitis
Please read the information about meningitis under "Forms and Info"!
Female Students...Information about HPV
Please read the information about HPV (under "Forms and Info") and the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Talk with your parents and your doctor to see if you should receive this vaccine!
Scoliosis Screening
Scoliosis screening is no longer required by the State. Please talk to your doctor or Mrs. Carter if you have concerns about your child.
Vision Screening
Vision screening will be conducted for all 8th grade students.

Contact Me
Amy Atkinson
847-2591, Ext 119

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