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 The School Nurse Exchange


​The School Nurse Exchange provides a collection of resources for school nurses to keep abreast of current trends and best practices in the leadership and delivery of school based health services. This webpage will serve as a vehicle for exchanging ideas and suggestions to support school nurse programs across Georgia.

Information and resources are not meant to be comprehensive.

Important Measles Information

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is confirming the state’s first reported case of measles since 2012. The infected infant arrived in Atlanta from outside of the U.S. and is being cared for at Egleston at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). DPH is working with CHOA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the patient and to prevent further spread of measles.

Measles is a highly contagious, serious respiratory disease. It is particularly dangerous for infants who cannot be immunized until they are at least six months old and young children who have only received one dose of measles vaccine.

Measles spreads when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes and respiratory droplets travel through the air. Measles virus can live in the air and on surfaces for two to three hours. Almost everyone who has not been vaccinated will get measles if they are exposed to the virus. Measles generally can be prevented through vaccination. The measles vaccine (MMR) is highly effective, in most cases about 97 percent effective.

Measles Vaccine Information

The best way to prevent measles is for all children to be fully vaccinated on time. There are two combination vaccines used to prevent measles: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine.

Measles Information for Schools and Child Care

Information for reporting and handling measles case-patients and outbreaks for school health personnel and child care settings.

Reporting

  • Reporting Measles - All suspect cases of measles should be reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health immediately. Find out more about what needs to be reported, who needs to report diseases, which forms to use and where to find out more about the disease.
  • Measles Case Report Form

This link provides great information on this year's outbreak as well as measles information and resources.

Visit the Georgia Department of Public Health web page link for current information and resources. Click here for measles information from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Important Information Regarding Ebola Virus Disease

School Nurses and school health staff are encouraged to review infectious disease guidelines and checklists to ensure that you understand Ebola, how it is transmitted and what precautions are necessary to protect the public and health care providers. It is critical that all members of the health care team have appropriate knowledge, education and personal protective equipment to ensure safety and effectively provide care to patients.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola page for the most current updates and guidance.

Available for your information are several documents regarding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) developed by The Georgia Department of Public Health. The document below for Georgia nurses(including school nurses) reviews what signs and symptoms to watch for and what precautions need to be taken.

The Georgia Department of Public Health requested our assistance in sharing with all school districts the following guidance letter regarding the Ebola virus.

If you have any questions, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) at 1‐866‐PUB‐HLTH (1-866-782-4584) or the DPH Epidemiology Section at 404‐657‐2588.

School Nurse Training Opportunities

Managing Asthma Triggers Nurse Trainer

This workshop teaches how school nurses can influence and create a healthy learning environment. This course covers improving Indoor Air Quality and increasing awareness of potential asthma triggers within the school environment to reduce asthma episodes. Participants will learn about extensive resources available from the Environmental Protection Agency Tools for Schools Program. Call 404-657-8309 to schedule a workshop for your district school health staff.

 

Visit this web page frequently for updated school nurse information.

 

 Contact Information

 

​Georgina Howard, RN, MS
School Health Nurse Program
Phone: 404-657-8309
Email: ghoward@doe.k12.ga.us

Web: schoolnurse.gadoe.org

 

 Documents

 
 

 School Nurse Web Links

 
 

 Webinars and Handouts