School nurses are allergy superheroes

When you think about what your school nurse does all day, you may think about your kiddo with food allergy (as you should!) and Sweet Pea’s epi auto-injector and action plan. 

Or maybe you think of ice packs and bandaids? 

Or maybe school health forms and vaccine records come to mind? 

School nurses are true superheroes for our kiddos, especially those with food allergy and other chronic disease.

School nurses have countless tasks and responsibilities. But did you know that they also manage breathing tubes and feeding tubes, help students who can’t use the restroom on their own, and manage medications for all types of medical conditions? All while also being the one who will use the epinephrine to save your child’s life if, Heaven forbid, there be an accidental ingestion.

All this and sometimes for more than one school. Can you imagine? Talk about a job! 

I was honored to speak with one of my favorite school nurses Tracy White, who is a tremendous advocate for families of kiddos with food allergies. On this episode of the podcast, you’ll hear Tracy discuss how school nurses work with families to provide students the best education possible despite their medical conditions. Listen to learn how you can help your Sweet Pea’s school best support Sweet Pea’s medical needs!

What’s your question on food allergy and your school nurse? On school?

Do you have a question about food allergy and talking with your school nurse, or maybe you’re specifically thinking about school policies? Would you like your question answered on the podcast? Submit it here!

Additional Show Notes

I have talked about a non-profit…

The non-profit is The Teal Schoolhouse, whose primary program is Code Ana. Code Ana equips schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis. Our primary program is the Code Ana School Program, which is a comprehensive approach to school-focused medical preparedness. This program guides schools through the process of creating a medical emergency response plan.

A medical emergency response plan is important for all kiddos and for adults at any school! Our primary goal is to share the School Program, and Code Ana’s Online Epinephrine Training Program helps support that goal. Through this program, you will educate yourself while you support this important mission! (BTW although Pam and I serve in leadership roles of Code Ana and The Teal Schoolhouse, our time/effort/work is completely voluntary). Does your kiddo’s school have Code Ana?

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