I am Mrs. Nancy Braithwaite, a registered nurse, and a NJ Certified School Nurse (NJ~CSN). As the Old Farmers Rd. School Nurse, I am here to provide health services to your child, promote wellness, and prevent illness and infection. Through screenings, parent communication, teacher articulation, education, assessments, health services, and first aid / nursing care, the school health program strives to provide optimal wellness for school-aged children, and the entire school community.
As the school nurse, I utilize various educational strategies with the students and staff, to teach healthy behaviors that promote wellness and prevent infection in our school building. Some of the healthy behaviors include: hand washing with soap, avoiding hand contact on the face (not putting fingers in the mouth, nose, eyes), not sharing personal items, and other modalities to keep the classroom a healthy environment. Our school staff focuses on the cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces, as this is key in maintaining a healthy school building. Along with many activities, I present Lunch and Learn sessions to educate students about positive healthy habits and behaviors.
Any measure that the parent institutes at home to promote these infection-control behaviors, will assist the nurse, and help keep your child at their optimal level of wellness. Please practice proper hand washing at home (some great videos on your computer), using tissues, & covering up and turning away from others to sneeze or cough. Other health promoting tips: provide effective sun protection and do tick checks when your child is outdoors. Proper car seats, helmets/pads/mouth guards, fire protection, poison prevention, firearm safety, adequate nightly sleep, daily exercise, healthy food choices with plenty of protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables, and water, stranger safety, holiday safety among other topics are all imperative to keep children safe and well.
Your efforts will all support my philosophy that ...Healthy children learn better!!
For the protection of your child and others, please do not send your child to school with symptoms of any of the following:
*persistent runny nose with a cold
*fever, equal to or above 100ºF
Children should be symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. This practice will prevent the spread of infection at school, and help keep others healthy.
If a child is injured or becomes ill at school, the parent will be notified. If the parent is not available then the person designated to be called in an emergency will be contacted. Please be sure to keep the school notified of any changes in telephone numbers, addresses, places of work, and emergency contacts. Please be sure to contact the school nurse to discuss any health problems, concerns, or attendance issues. I look forward to confidentially assisting your child and family in any way that I possibly can.
I appreciate any health updates regarding illness, infection, health conditions and immunizations, so I can keep your child's Health Record current.
I look forward to overseeing the school health program, and providing regular and emergency health services to our school population.
Please utilize our district website and click on "District Information" and "Forms" for all health history, medication, asthma, allergy/anaphylaxis, and dental and physical forms.
I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at (908) 876-3865 ext 4003 or push 2.