Saturday, February 25, 2017

Welcome to Mrs. Groeneweg's Nurse's Station!

Office Hours: 8:00-1:00 Monday-Friday

Email address: sgrowene@rock-valley.k12.ia.us


Summer is right around the corner!


1) Reminder to please make sure your child's immunizations are up to date before next school year!


2) Remember, all student's entering 7th grade are required to have an updated Tdap vaccine.

3) Next year's Kindergarten and 9th grade students need a record of a dental screening. Summer is a great time to get this done. Please turn this into school as soon as it is completed!

4) New Preschool/TK/Kindergarten students need to turn in a physical form. This can be done at your doctor's office with their yearly WCC.


Who is your School Nurse?

My name is Steph Groeneweg and I am married to my husband Blake. Together we have 3 children, a son Braedyn (5.5 yrs), a daughter Cambry (4 years) and a daughter Jemma (1 year). I graduated from Northwestern College where I received my BSN.

Your school nurse is the link between health and education! School nurses

reach out to students to help them achieve their optimum health for their highest learning!

What is School Nursing?

School nursing is a specialized practice of nursing that advances

the well-being and academic success of students. School nurses facilitate positive

responses to normal development, promote health and safety,

intervene with actual or potential health issues, and actively

collaborate with others.

The goal of the school nurse is to promote a safe and healthy community in which the students will be encouraged to be self managers and advocates for health issues.


Roles of the School Nurse

1. Assess and evaluate overall student health

2. Plan for elimination, minimization, or acceptance of health problems

3. Provide referrals or information for health concerns

4. Provide selected health services for staff

5. Provide assessment and care of sick and injured students and staff

6. Administer medications

7. Perform vision, hearing, and dental screenings annually

8. Monitor immunization compliance

9. Follow up concerns regarding students

10. Provide education on a variety of health topics to students and staff

11. Be a resource for Medicaid concerns

12. Complete individualized health plans for students

13. Provide action plans for emergency situations


Tips for a healthy school year!

1. Get enough sleep at night

2. Eat breakfast

3. Take medicines for colds or aches/pains before school

4. Wear clothing appropriate for weather

5. Wash hands before eating, after using the restroom, after coughing, sneezing, or blowing nose

6. Exercise daily


7. Take prescribed antibiotics at home (and with food!) if at all possible


Texas School Nurses Organization, 2005.


A note from your school nurse

Colds and the flu are most common during the winter months when everyone is in close quarters and there is poor air circulation. These illnesses are NOT caused from cold weather, getting wet or chilled or being overheated. These things along with stress, allergies, poor nutrition, or lack of sleep can make someone more susceptible to viruses that cause colds or the flu. We can increase our immunity to these nasty illnesses by washing our hands regularly, eating diets high in fiber, getting enough sleep at night, maintaining good personal hygiene, and wearing clothing appropriate for weather. The outside fresh air and exercise are good for us since we all need a break from being inside! Students will be allowed to stay inside 1 day with a note from a parent/guardian, but a note from a physician will be required if they need to remain inside for longer. If your child has a temperature greater than 100 degrees, have been vomitting or have diarrhea, they will need to stay home until they are fever, vomit, and diarrhea free for 24 hours. Tylenol and ibuprofen as well as cough drops and tums will be given on an as needed basis for headaches, tummy aches, sore throats, and coughs. If a fever, vomitting, or diarrhea occurs while students are at school, they will be sent home. Parents will be contacted in any and all emergency situations!

Please also note that lice is a continuous struggle all school year. We do our best to check and prevent this from occurring! Check your child(ren) regularly at home and encourage them to avoid sharing hats, combs/brushes, sweatshirts, jackets and towels. Live lice appear as black or grey bugs that attach themselves to hair follicles. Their eggs appear greyish in color and may resemble dandruff, however, they will be difficult to remove from a strand of hair. If live lice is found at school, you will be notificed immediatey, and your child will be sent home. They may return to school once treatment has begun. 


Remember the 24 hour rule of thumb!

Student's may return back to school if:

1) 24 hours without a fever and without fever reducing medication

2) 24 hours without nausea or vomiting and is tolerating a normal diet

3) 24 hours after receiving antibiotic medication or eye ointments


Communication is key!

Effective communication is between the school nurse and parents is very important in the event of an injury or illness. You may leave a message anytime to update any health information we may need regarding your child. We are better able to care for your child if we have all the information available to us! Also, please make sure any phone numbers you have are working incase we would need to get a hold of you.