In many NH schools, School Nurses are the backbone of the wellness program. The Office of Student Wellness is please to partner with the NH School Nurses Association to provide technical assistance and support to those in the field. Specifically, the Office of Student Wellness is committed to the following:
1. Providing current, evidence based technical assistance to school nurses across NH.
2. Supporting school nurses and school districts as they respond to localized needs.
3. Collaborating with colleges and universities as they graduate well-trained professionals.
For more information, please contact Nancy Wells, School Nursing Coordinator at (603)271-2960 or Nancy.Wells@doe.nh.gov.
Epinephrine and Severe Allergic Episodes
The school nurse has the authority to possess and administer epinephrine as a stock medication to use in the event of anaphylaxis, a severe and life threatening allergic reaction. There are students who experience their initial allergic episode during the school day and having access to epinephrine has prevented serious life threatening results. An Epi-pen provides a safe and easy delivery system of epinephrine that can be used by an unlicensed person. This module has been developed as a training tool for school staff and includes essential information about anaphylaxis and the use of an Epi-Pen. Each school nurse maintains a list of those staff members trained. We would like to thank the senior nursing students from the University of New Hampshire for participating in this project.
Glucagon Administration Training for Non-Medical School Personnel
In an effort to provide the highest quality information and training in an accessible manner, the Office of Student Wellness is please to provide the following information on the administration of Glucagon to students by non-medical personnel. School nursing staff are encouraged to utilize the documents below and to contact our office with questions. We would like to thank the senior nursing students from the University of New Hampshire for participating in this project.
Asthma in School Age Children
In May 2016, the NH legislature passed Senate Bill 322. This bill allows school nurses to maintain a stock bronchodilator for the emergency treatment of asthma. The use of the bronchodilator is limited to those students with a diagnosis of asthma, have a current Asthma Action Plan, and whose own inhaler is not available. The inhaler can be used for multiple students, but each student must be provided with a separate spacer. The spacers cannot be shared. Below please find further information about the bill and the forms necessary for utilizing such a program in your district.
2014 School Nurse Survey
2015 NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey
NH School Nurses Association
What's in a Well-Stocked Health Office?
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