Adapted from an article by Gregory Alford in the May/June 2004 issue of Asthma Magazine, a publication of the AAAAI.
According to nurse, Lisa Keller, “Our primary goal is to keep these kids in school. They can’t learn if they are not here. We’re all about attendance.” In addition to helping kids increase their healthy days, school nurses can also help students develop the skills they need to independently manage their asthma. They can teach proper technique for medication usage and help older students to keep track of when medication refills and medical appointments are needed.
If a child has asthma and needs to take medication or monitor peak flow meter readings during the day, there are several steps parents can take to help develop a useful relationship with the school’s health officials.
Working with Your School Nurse
ü Learn as much as you can about asthma
ü If your child has health care needs that require advance planning, be sure to share that information with the school nurse prior to the start of the school year.
ü Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date and ask whether a flu shot is appropriate.
ü Have your child’s doctor provide a written asthma plan for school, such as the Asthma School Action Plan located on the Patients and Consumers page of the
ü Tell the school nurse when your child may need additional medication or attention.
ü Maintain and distribute the name and dose of medications your child takes.
ü Provide the school with a complete list of emergency telephone numbers.