Welcome to the Nurse's Corner! My name is Brandi Harrington. I am an alumni of St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Northwestern State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. It is an honor to serve as St. Mary's nurse. I will be updating the nurse's corner with various health topics throughout the year. You may contact me via phone, (318)352-8394 or email, bharrington@smstigers.org. 


A few reminders/updates: 

  • Please bring any medications your child needs during school hours directly to the nurse's office. At that time, you can complete and sign the appropriate form and discuss your child's needs with the nurse. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, cough drops/lozenges and any supplements.  Parental Consent and Medication Order Forms may be found below. 
  • No medication may be kept in the backpacks without prior approval and documentation. 
  • Prescription medications must be in their original, labeled containers in order for the nurse to administer them to your child. 
  • If your child has any medical concerns (seizures, diabetes, food allergies, etc.), please contact the nurse and teacher. 
  • If your child has fever, monitor them at home until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. This will help prevent the spread of infection to other children and ensure that your child feels his or her best upon returning to the classroom. 
  • If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, monitor them at home until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication. 
  • Head Lice is a common childhood nuisance. It can be costly to treat and very time consuming. Head lice are small, grayish-white insects. They do not fly nor jump. Nits, or lice eggs, look like bits of dandruff that cannot be easily removed from the hair strand like dandruff. Sharing of hats and brushes, direct contact, or sharing of any porous clothing can aid in the transfer of lice. Our policy is to check the entire classroom if a case is suspected in that room. If you suspect that your child has lice, please treat it immediately or contact your doctor or pharmacist for the recommended treatment. Please do not send your child back to school until they are totally clear to prevent this from further spreading. 
  • We encourage everyone to cover their coughs/sneezes with a tissue or by doing so with their arm and to keep their hands away from their nose, eyes, and mouth. Good hand washing is the #1 way to prevent the spread of infection. 

Important Dates:

  • August 29th-LifeShare Blood Drive will be at the school from 8am-1pm. Parents and students, 16 and older, are encouraged to donate. A driver's license is required for all donors. Students that are 16, please see the nurse for parental consent form. 
  • Vision and hearing screening will be on September 12th for grades Pk-3, Pk-4, K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th. If your child wears glasses or contacts, please make sure they have them on this day. If your child is not in the grades listed but you want them screened, please send an email to the nurse. 
  • Influenza vaccines will be offered again this year. A date will be provided when available. 

 

I hope this will be helpful and will increase awareness concerning health topics and trends involving your children. 

 

"It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing"-St. Teresa of Calcutta