Amanda Anderson » Nurse Amanda

Nurse Amanda

Hello and welcome!

I'm Nurse Amanda and I am the School Nurse here at Jacques Memorial School! 

I have been a nurse for the past 13 years.  My experience includes medical-surgical nursing, outpatient primary care nursing, pediatric office nursing, and home care pediatric and maternal child health nursing.  I am passionate about my career and working with the pediatric population and their families.
It is important that if at anytime you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s health or medical well being, you reach out to me! 

I’m looking forward to connecting with you all. As the school year progresses, I hope this page can be a helpful resource for you and your family.
 

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Tis The Season

Families,  
While we are taking time in the coming weeks to reflect on all the things we are thankful for and show our gratitude, it is also important to be aware of the various illnesses circulating in our community and to take appropriate measures to stay healthy this holiday season. 
Here at Jacques Memorial, we are seeing many students and staff members with a viral "cold".  We do have some that have been diagnosed with RSV and flu, which are also viral illnesses.  While these viruses and require time and symptomatic measures as they "runs their course," it is possible for secondary infections to arise from these viruses; such as ear infections, conjunctivitis, pneumonia, etc. 

Please monitor your children for signs or symptoms which may require an appointment with their medical provider.  These signs or symptoms may include:  fever >100 for 2 or more days, lethargy, decreased urine output (less than 4 pees in a 24hr period), thick, sticky or goopy eye discharge, continued ear pain despite the use of comfort measures, shortness or breath, increased need of their inhaler, several nights of sleeplessness, no improvement of symptoms despite symptomatic measures, or with any changing or worsening symptoms.

As always, students with a fever of 100 or greater, vomiting, and/or diarrhea must stay home and may return when they are symptom free without the use of medication for at least 24hrs.

It is also recommended that you monitor your child for a little bit, before sending them into school for the day, if they are complaining of not feeling well upon waking.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me by phone or email.

I wish you all the happiest and healthiest holiday season and am truly thankful for all my students here and Jacques Memorial School. 

WHAT A WEEK!

It's been one week since we've welcomed our students to Jacques for the 2022-2023 school year!  And you know what?....we're having a blast!  
In the health office, I am still (yes, still) going through each student's medical record. I would like to take this time to encourage all families to submit any new or updated health forms.  As a reminder, any child enrolled in the school needs to be up to date with vaccines.  All new students need to have a medical clearance from their doctor indicating their medically cleared to participate in school.  For those that require medication while in school, I MUST have parent and medical provider documentation/consent to administer AS WELL as any action plan your provider has put into place (ie: asthma action plan, allergy action plan, seizure action plan, etc).  As I continue to file and review all records, I will reach out to families as I need with questions or to request further information/documentation. 

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.  I am so excited to be back for another school year with my JMS community! 

Thank YOU and have a HAPPY and HEALTHY summer!

THANK YOU to ALL of the Jacques Memorial families and staff!  The 2021-2022 school year was wonderful!  My first year as the Jacques Memorial School nurse couldn't have gone any better!  Its an honor to have had the opportunity to work with all the children and their families this school year.  Please enjoy the summer months; may they be happy and healthy! 

I look forward to seeing familiar faces next school year and meeting many new ones too!

Springing Into Summer!

Thankfully, the beautiful weather has arrived! Please remember to do daily tick checks.  Ticks can be as small as a tip of a pencil to as large as a raisin.  Once removed, please be sure to mark it on your calendar, as a reference, in case any symptoms related to tick born illnesses develop.  

Also, don't forget to stock up on bug repellent and sun screen.  It is recommended to purchase these annually as efficacy decreases with time. 

I hope everyone is getting outside and enjoying  the sun and fresh air (when pollen levels aren't too high).  As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns!    

Influenza A

Hello!  Just a quick FYI regarding current trends here at Jacques.  Over the last week, we are seeing a lot of cold and flu symptoms.  There have been several confirmed diagnoses of Influenza A.  Covid-19 is still circulating but at a much lower rate than seen earlier in the year.  Please continue to keep students home if they are not feeling well.  Practice excellent handwashing.  Encourage covering coughs and sneezes.  And as always, reach out to me with any questions!  Thank you!