Secondary School Nurse


Sarah Droste, RN
Secondary School Nurse
 
Biography

I am new to school nursing this year and excited for the opportunity to contribute to our school and community. I graduated from MNW in 1999. I attended UNI for 2 years with the intent of becoming a teacher. Life took me on a different path, but I went back to school for nursing in 2005. I now have over 9 years of nursing experience in various specialties. I currently work as an ER nurse in the evenings and on weekends. I am also currently attending school to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and will be finished in February 2018. 

I want to be a resource for students, parents, and staff. I have an open-door policy, but rest assured all information will be kept confidential! Please call, email, or stop in my office with any questions or needs. My office hours are 9:00am-1:00pm when school is in session.

Degrees
  • Associate Degree in Nursing, Iowa Central Community College, 2008
Licensure
  • Registered Nurse
Certifications
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Emergency Nurse Pediatric Care (ENPC)
  • Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum (TNCC)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)
Past Experience
  • Obstetrics and Nursery-Boone County Hospital, 2008-2016
  • Emergency Room-Trinity Regional Medical Center, 2015-current



The is a great resource, provided by Prairie Lakes AEA. Direct link here:  http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/ The user name and password is the same for all Iowa AEA resources - if you need it, please email our teacher librarian, Mrs. Sturgeon.


 
When should you stay home?
As important as it is for students to be at school, it is equally important to take measures to maintain good health. We ask you keep your child home if they experiencing any of the following:

  • Vomiting: If your child has had two or more vomiting episodes withing 24 hours, your child should be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea: If your child has frequent loose watery stools, different from their normal, your child should be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Fever of 100 degrees or over(children may return to school after 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications.)
  • Coughs almost constantly or complains of difficulty breathing.
  • Has constant runny nose with green or yellow discharge.
  • Has sores on mouth or skin that are crusty, yellow or draining.
  • Rash that is oozing or has fluid-filled blisters present
  • If your child has a communicable illness such as strep throat, must be on antibiotics for 24 hrs.
  • Pink eye: Child must have been on medication for 24 hrs before returning to school.
  • Fifth Disease: Child is no longer contagious once the rash appears.
  • Ringworm: May return to school after 24 hrs of treatment. Keep affected area covered for 48 hrs.
  • Hand Foot and Mouth. Child may be in school, unless has mouth sore and is drooling.
To minimize the spread of illness among students, please report communicable diseases such as influenza, measles, whooping cough, hepatitis A, tuberculosis, chicken pox, etc. to the school.

The school nurse will contact you if your child becomes ill or seriously injured at school. If a parent cannot be reached, other individuals listed as emergency contacts will be contacted. For the child's safety, students will be released only to adults whose names appear on the emergency form.

To help minimize the spread of illness at school:
  • Teach your child about good hand washing and cough hygiene practices
  • Let the school nurse know if your child has any medical conditions
  • Plan ahead for how your child will be cared for if they need to remain home from school due to illness