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Welcome to the Nurse's Office. The corporation nurse is Terri Carter, RN, BSN, MA. Mrs. Carter is a graduate of Marion College, Ball State University, and Ivy Tech State College. She is certified in CPR by the American Heart Association.  Mrs. Carter is serving NES.

Amy Atkinson, LPN is the corporation's part-time nurse.  She is a graduate of Ivy Tech State College.  Mrs. Atkinson is the nurse serving NMS and NHS.

Our goal is to assist you in meeting the health needs of your student!
Important Information for Parents and Students!
Starting August 2014, all seniors will be required to receive an additional dose of the meningitis vaccine BEFORE starting school in the fall.

Please schedule those appointments NOW so that your student will be fully immunized by the first day of school.

I will be sending reminders home as this semester progresses.

Mrs. Carter, RN
Changes in Immunizations Required for Jr-Sr High School
The following additional  immunizations are now required for all students in grades 6-12:
  • Tdap vaccine given on or after 10th birthday
  • 1 dose of Menactra (meningitis vaccine)
  • 2 doses of Varicella vaccine (if no history of chickenpox disease)

Starting in the fall of 2014, it is required that all seniors also get a meningitis booster vaccine.

All immunizations must be up-to-date by the first day of the school year.  Please make appointments early to ensure that your student is fully immunized before school starts in the fall. Students with incomplete immunizations may be subject to exclusion until immunizations are complete.

Immunizations may be given by your healthcare provider.  Please send a copy of your child's immunization record to the school nurse.
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Medication at School

Every attempt should be made to administer all medication at home. In the event medication does need to be given at school, guidelines must be followed. A medication permit (signed according to guildelines) MUST be on file for ANY medication, including but not limited to, inhalers, cough drops, and pain relievers, given OR carried to school.  See "Medication Permit" below.  A new permit is required for each school year.

The nurse does NOT stock any medication for student use, including pain or fever reliever or cough drops. You must send it in the original container, labeled with student's name, to be kept in the nurse's office.

Emergency Contact Information
Please remember to notify the school with changes in your phone numbers, as well as emergency contact information. In the event of an emergency, we need to be able to contact you as soon as possible. Incorrect numbers can delay this.
Summer Health News
June and July are Fireworks Safety Month.

Here's some information from The National Council on Fireworks Safety...

Safety Tips For Handling Consumer Fireworks

  • Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source.
  • Use fireworks as directed on consumer product safety label; never alter products.
  • Observe local laws and use good COMMON SENSE.
  • Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
  • A responsible ADULT should supervise all firework activities.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.   Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; AWAY from buildings and vehicles.
  • NEVER carry fireworks in your POCKET.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trash can.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
To test your Firework Safety knowledge, click here.


We all use sunscreen to protect our skin during the warmer months, but don't forget to protect your eyes as well. Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataractsage-related macular degenerationand growths on the eye, including cancer. The same risk applies when using tanning beds, so be sure to protect your eyes from indoor UV light as well.

Here are some tips to prevent eye injury...
  • Wear sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection".
  • Wear a hat.
  • Remember the kids: It’s best to keep children out of direct sunlight during the middle of the day.
  • Know that clouds don’t block UV light.
  • Be extra careful in UV-intense conditions.
By embracing these simple tips you and your family can enjoy the summer sun safely while protecting your vision.

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention MonthHome Safety Month - Plan. Prepare. Prevent.UV Safety Month - Safety starts with me!
August Health News
August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

Certain immunizations are required, by Indiana State law, for students.  For answers to questions or to learn more about immunizations, including recommended adult immunizations or those needed for travel abroad, go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines

National Immunization Awareness Month
S.T.O.P. (Stop Taking on Pounds)

Reid Hospital offers a weight managemnet program for school-aged children and adolescents.  By learning more about eating right, exercising and choosing healthy liefstyles, children and adolescents can reach their weight management goals.

STOP uses a family approach to weight management.  For 12 weeks, participants ages 7-17 attend weekly sessions with at least one parent or guardian.  With the guidance of these health professionals and the support of a positive environment, your child can become physically and emotionally healthier.

The program has an initial one-time assessment fee.  This charge will be billed to your insurance company or Medicaid.

For more information, call Reid's Diabetes and Nutrition Education at 765-983-3423.

Need Help with Food?

See list of available food pantries in Wayne County.

When to Keep Your Child Home
Many times it is difficult for parents to decide whether or not their child is sick enough to stay home. For important guidelines, click on link below.
All Students...Information about Meningitis
Please read the information about meningitis under "Forms and Info"!
Female Students...Information about HPV
Please read the information about HPV (under "Forms and Info") and the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Talk with your parents and your doctor to see if you should receive this vaccine!
Scoliosis Screening
Scoliosis screening is no longer required by the State. Please talk to your doctor or Mrs. Carter if you have concerns about your child.
Vision Screening
Vision screening will be conducted for all 8th grade students.

Contact Me
Amy Atkinson
847-2591, Ext 119

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