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Hey experienced school nurses I need some guidance. This is my first year at a school and myself and the other 3 newbies in the district are so clueless. Amongst one of the things that we are clueless about, is a list of supplies that are a must have in the clinic. I know this probably differs from nurse to nurse and school to school, but could y'all give me suggestions that I could use to compile a list for us inexperienced nurses? We are all at either Elementary or Middle schools. Thanks in advance.

Specializes in Pediatrics Retired.

Think of what supplies you'd need to stock an EMT "Intermediate" level ET, NG, tubes, emergency drugs, etc.

Specializes in Home Health,Dialysis, MDS, School Nurse.

Assessment items: BP cuff, stethoscope, thermometer, otoscope, oximeter, scale/height stand

Wound care: all sizes and shapes of bandaids, gauze, qtips, cotton balls, wound wash, coban, ace wraps (if allowed)

Treatments/ointments (when allowed): antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, bug bite relief, contact lens solution, eye wash, sunscreen, burn cream

Other: tweezers, fingernail care, eye glass repair, salt, H2O2, saltines, mints, paper cups

I'm sure there is more - just going around the office in my head!

Specializes in School Nurse.

I agree with the basic first aid stuff. Bandaids, antiseptic wipes, would wash, gauze pads, and kling rolls are my goto items. I also go through a few ice packs.

Those are my consumables.

Yes indeed I have eyeglass kit, tweezers (for splinters), thermometer, otoscope, and BP cuff. The office has a scale but frankly it only gets casual use.

Our rules preclude anything that seems like a drug to include ointments. I keep some crackers and glucose snacks around (mostly from being a mom of a diapbetic).

I've got an AED in the past few years, but mostly it sits there (and likely it will be a staff member rather than a student).

Specializes in Cardiology, School Nursing, General.

All these things and you can go to

basic first aid supplies, assessment items, for my k-3 student's I have stickers for vision and hearing checked, losing a tooth, etc.

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